Women's Wellness and Counseling Service

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service (WWC) provides comprehensive care for women who are experiencing mental health concerns related to pregnancy, childbirth, or reproductive health.

Specialized services are provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, and other clinicians. We care for adult women, age 18 and older.

Women's Wellness and Counseling Service patients are:

  • Planning for pregnancy or undergoing infertility treatment
  • Pregnant
  • Postpartum (up to 12 months after delivery)
  • Suffering from perinatal loss
  • Coping with premenstrual mood symptoms
  • Experiencing menopausal issues

Services

Screening and assessment

Women are often screened by their primary care physician, obstetrician, or mental health care provider, who determines if a referral is appropriate. Women may also self-refer to our clinic.

Following referral, a secondary assessment is conducted by our clinic staff. A course of treatment is then developed collaboratively with each patient.

Psychotherapy and counseling

Our clinic uses a brief, time-limited psychotherapy model. Our focus is on symptom reduction, improved functioning, and attainment of agreed-upon therapeutic goals.

Couples counseling is available.

Psychotropic medication services

Psychiatrists prescribe and manage medications for pregnant and postpartum women, including those who are breastfeeding.

We are able to carefully discuss the benefits of medication as well as the impacts of untreated mental health symptoms on fetal and/or maternal health with our patients.

Research

Conducting clinical research that identifies more effective treatments for perinatal mood concerns is an important part of our mission.

Education

WWC is a training site for UI Hospitals & Clinics resident physicians and medical students in the fields of psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and family medicine.

Graduate and post-doctoral students from the departments of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, nursing, and social work also assist in patient care.

Consultation and second opinions

Our clinicians are able to provide feedback to and care coordination with referring providers.

We offer selected women's wellness services at Iowa River Landing. Located at the Coralville interchange on Interstate 80 (exit 242), Iowa River Landing offers patients easy access, free parking, several amenities, and a state-of-the-art building for delivering outstanding patient care.

Care Team