The Fairfield County Community Foundation has provided $50,000, the second half of a two-year $100,000 grant, to Bridgeport Hospital’s Prenatal Care: Not Just for Babies program to screen Ob-Gyn clinic patients for depression and other emotional disorders, and provide counseling and medication management. The clinic is using the grant to employ a part-time psychiatric advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) to conduct the screenings and work with other clinic providers to develop treatment plans for patients.
“We see clinic patients in urgent need of psychiatric care but who are unlikely to seek help for themselves,” said Bridgeport Hospital Chairman of Psychiatry Charles Morgan, MD. “They will, however, come to the clinic to safeguard the life of their child. This is an opportunity to screen at-risk women and provide them with the treatment they desperately need to protect their health and the health of their baby.”