The Mother-Baby Program

It is very common to feel many different emotions when you are pregnant or parenting young children. The HCMC Mother-Baby Program offers a range of mental health services to support women and families.

Common concerns of women and families in the Mother-Baby Program:

Parents with baby
  • Postpartum depression, anxiety or bipolar
  • Depression, anxiety, or other emotional distress during pregnancy
  • Grief and sadness due to history of loss or trauma
  • Difficulty bonding or caring for baby or other children
  • Other challenges or stress related to pregnancy or parenting

Mother-Baby HopeLine – 612-873-HOPE (4673)

  • A free telephone support service for pregnant women and parents of young children.
  • Call 612-873-HOPE and one of our mental health staff members will talk with you, answer questions, and help you find the support you need.
  • You will be asked to leave a message. Our mental health staff members will call you back within 2 business days.

Mother-Baby Day Hospital

612-873-MAMA (6262)

Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Treatment Program

The HCMC Mother-Baby Day Hospital is the 1st of its kind in Minnesota and only the 4th in the country. It is an intensive outpatient mental health treatment program for pregnant women and mothers of young children who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other emotional distress that make it difficult to:

  • Function at home or at work
  • Take care of themselves or their baby
  • Bond and connect with their baby

Women attend the program Monday-Thursday from 10am-3pm for approximately 4 weeks. Women with babies 12 months and younger are encouraged to bring their baby with them. There is a nursery attached to the group room where babies can nap, if needed.

Treatment includes:

  • Group, individual and family psychotherapy;
  • Support for mother-baby bonding and connection;
  • Health education on topics such as coping skills, the transition to motherhood, grief and loss, caring for a baby or young child, and relaxation and mindfulness; and
  • Medication evaluation and management;

Unique Approach to Treatment

The Mother-Baby Day Hospital helps you to:

  • Get necessary help while staying connected with your baby;
  • Talk with other women who have similar experiences;
  • Receive treatment from doctors and therapists that have specialized training and can help you consider treatment options during pregnancy and while breastfeeding;
  • Avoid inpatient hospitalization.

How do I start?

Call 612-873-6262. Before starting, you will talk on the phone and then face-to-face with one of our staff to be sure the Day Hospital is the right level of treatment for you. You are welcome to bring your baby or another family member with you to this meeting.

Patients must meet criteria for admission and cannot be adequately treated through traditional outpatient services, such as weekly psychotherapy appointments. If the Day Hospital is not right for you, we will help you find the right next step.

The HCMC Mother-Baby Day Hospital accepts most major medical insurance providers, including Medicaid and Medicare. Some insurance providers require a co-pay or deductible. If you do not have medical insurance, we will work with you to discuss options. You can call your insurance provider and ask about coverage for a "partial hospitalization program" or we can help with this step.

Contact Information

For questions about the Day Hospital or to schedule an initial meeting, please call 612-873-MAMA (6262).

Or, if you would like to talk with a Mother-Baby staff member for support or other resources, please call our Mother-Baby HopeLine at 612-873-HOPE (4673).  Calls will be returned within 2 business days. 

HCMC Mother-Baby Program
Parkside Professional Center, 4th Floor, Suite 404
825 S. Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Parking is available in the "Hospital" Parking Ramp that is connected to the Parkside Professional Center. The entrances to the "Hospital" Parking Ramp are at 8th or 9th Street (off Chicago Avenue). There are also a limited number of metered parking spaces around the parking ramp.

Give to the HCMC Mother-Baby Program

Choose to make a donation to the Mother-Baby Program in 3 easy ways!

  • Make checks payable to the Hennepin Health Foundation, and please note "Mother-Baby Program". Checks can be mailed to Hennepin Health Foundation, 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
  • Online donations can also be made on the Foundation's web page. Select "Mother Baby Program" from the priority program drop down menu.
  • Phone donations can be taken by the Hennepin Health Foundation. Please call Amy Carlson at 612-873-9250.

Thank you very much for your generosity on behalf of children and families!

Mother-Baby Program in the News

Star Tribune 2013
Fox News 2014
Patient Experiences Video

Symptoms of Depression or Anxiety

  • Feeling sad, or “empty”
  • Feeling worried or anxious
  • Lack of energy, feeling very tired
  • Lack of interest in normal activities
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Feeling  hopeless, helpless, guilty, or worthless
  • Feeling moody or irritable
  • Problems concentrating or making simple decisions
  • Feeling like you are a bad parent, or that your baby would be better off without you
  • Scary thoughts, including the thought of hurting your baby, even if you can’t imagine acting on them
  • Thoughts about death or suicide

When is it an emergency?

If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, it is important to get help right away by calling Crisis Connection at 866-379-6363; TTY 612-379-6377 or 911. Also, in very rare cases, women can experience symptoms of psychosis after having a baby,  including unpredictable behavior, delusions or hallucinations, paranoia, and confusion.  This is a medical emergency and women should go immediately to the Emergency Department at the nearest hospital and should not be left alone with their baby.

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