MFCU & NICU Perinatal Depression Study

Condition: Perinatal Depression


Key Inclusion Criteria

  • Women at least 18 years old who delivered their baby at Cedars-Sinai
  • English speaking
  • Patient in the Maternal Fetal Care Unit (MFCU) who has a maternal medical condition requiring hospital admission
  • Patient whose baby is in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at least two weeks

Key Exclusion Criteria

  • Women over the age of child-bearing potential
  • Men

Full Study Name

MFCU & NICU Perinatal Depression, Screening, Education and Referral Study (IRB no. 49878)


This study focuses on patients who are pregnant or postpartum and who are currently admitted to the Cedars Sinai Maternal Fetal Care Unit/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (MFCU/NICU) or Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), or whose baby has been admitted to the NICU. The study is designed to investigate the variation in preferences and need for mental health services in women who experience an adverse pregnancy outcome and require additional treatment in the MFCU/ICU or whose babies require treatment in the NICU.

Additionally, researchers aim to understand how mental health screening and evaluation can help women reduce their risk of developing postpartum depression. Evaluating the effectiveness of this mental health screening, education and referral program at Cedars-Sinai will provide valuable patient-centered data that can be used in future clinical care services planning. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires, and medical records will be reviewed.

Note: This study is not currently enrolling patients.

Principal Investigator

Eynav Accortt, PhD