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Perinatal Psychiatry

What Is Perinatal Psychiatry?

1 in 5 birthing individuals experiences a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. You are not alone.

Luvita is a private Montana health center that believes in treating the whole person. We are passionate about offering a whole-person approach to Perinatal Psychiatry care.

Perinatal Psychiatry supports the mental health needs of birthing individuals along their entire birthing journey. Support is available pre-conception, during pregnancy, and postpartum. Once thought to be a protective factor, we now know pregnancy is a vulnerable time for a mother and infant. Shame often drives women to keep their distress silent; Luvita is here to break the silence.

We partner with you to treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) using specialized, evidence-based care to support your own unique journey. We commonly work with individuals who struggle with the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Mood disorders (like bipolar disorders)
  • Psychosis
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep Disordes

Luvita’s Trauma-Informed Care Provider

Jen Buscher is Luvita’s Integrative Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in the fields of Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Psychiatry. Jen believes deeply in the power of psychiatric care combined with therapy and emotional literacy. 

Jen grew up in Chicago and graduated from Carroll College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. In 2023, she completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Montana State University, specializing in mental health and psychiatric practice. She holds three certificates in Reproductive Psychiatry from Massachusetts General Hospital, has worked with leaders in Pediatric Psychiatry for over a decade, and has worked directly with Dr. Brené Brown to bring the most evidence-based, holistic practices into her work. These experiences have shaped Jen’s practices where she often combines the following, based on your individual needs:

  • Nutrition, diet, and lifestyle plans
  • Mindfulness techniques such as meditation
  • Cognitive approaches such as CBT
  • Exploratory talk therapies
  • Trauma-informed parenting practices
  • Effective, carefully chosen medicines

If you believe you or another individual is suffering a mental health crisis emergency, seek medical attention immediately — call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

If you are in need of support, but not in crisis, consider reaching out to a warmline. Warmlines offer a place to call when you just need to talk to someone. Speaking to someone on these calls is typically free, confidential, and run by people who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems.

Find a warmline at mhanational.org/warmlines.

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