Perinatal Support Services

Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers care extending far beyond the traditional Labor and Delivery and Postpartum Services. Our Perinatal Support Services is here to care for our moms and families in all aspects – from blessings and baptisms to navigating hard medical decisions or the loss of a child. It’s our goal to provide our families with a point of point of continuity and emotional support as they progress through their birth journey and beyond.

Our Team

Karen Hoyt, MDiv, BCC
Chaplain
Mandy Reichert, PhD, RN, PT-Csp Bereavement & Family Support Coordinator

Our Approach to Perinatal Support

Our Women & Children’s Services offers a dedicated chaplain and bereavement and family support coordinator for our families. They work alongside other staff to provide:

  • Safe Space: Creating a safe space for discussion without assumption.
  • Coordinated Care: Interdisciplinary approach involving perinatology, neonatology, women’s services, emotional support and spiritual support.
  • Education: What to expect along the journey of a medical diagnosis, treatment options and parent choice, as well as hospital experience and birth plans.
  • Honoring a Life: Preparing for and facilitating transitions through birth, loss and grief processes. Chaplaincy can provide services such as baptisms and blessings.               

Bereavement & Family Support Services

  • Enhance communication between staff involved in caring for parents and baby.
  • Bridge the gap between the outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Provide integrative emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual care across the prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and NICU continuum.
  • Provide grief counseling and support. Click the button below to attend a Perinatal Loss Support group here at NGHS.

Perinatal Mood Disorders

Experiencing symptoms of depression before or after the birth of your child is not unusual – and you are not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that as many as 20 percent of women develop some type of pregnancy-related mood disorder. Learn more (link to the Perinatal Mood Disorders page) about the common signs and symptoms of perinatal mood disorder, which can range from normal postpartum blues to something more severe.