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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). If you don’t find the answer to your question below…don’t worry, we still have the answer. Contact Us.

We treat a variety of mental health disorders occurring in the prenatal and postnatal periods including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • OCD
  • trauma-related disorders
  • bipolar disorders
  • psychotic disorders

For help with mental health conditions occurring outside of the pregnancy or postpartum periods, visit www.ascendtelehealth.com and click on “client portal” to get started.

Our seasoned therapy providers are trained in a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches for the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  •  Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)

While everyone’s needs are different, pregnancy and postpartum changes often contribute to a worsening of symptoms and possible relapse of previously stabilized conditions. Utilizing a provider who specializes in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) will ensure both you and your baby receive safe, evidence-based treatment options to optimize your mental health.

Many medications have been studied in pregnancy and have not been linked to a higher chance of birth defects. Study results vary depending on medication being used and timing of gestational exposure. When discussing your unique circumstances with your provider, they will give you a thorough review of the potential risks and benefits to you and your baby. Personal preference, symptom severity, and psychiatric history will all be considered.

Yes. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the most common obstetric complication in the perinatal period, effecting 1 in 5 perinatal individuals. They are also very treatable. Most individuals benefit from at least 6 months – 1 year of treatment, however some require longer.

How does Telehealth Work?

Having access to high-quality mental health care should not be difficult or stressful. At Ascend Perinatal we make it easy to access the mental health care you deserve from the comfort of your home. Simply follow the 4 steps below to begin treatment

You can schedule an appointment by either calling or texting (623) 300-5477, emailing AZreferrals@ascendtelehealth.com, or filling out our “free assessment” tool after which one of our team members will contact you and get you scheduled with an appropriate provider

How do I connect to my provider using Zoom?

Download Zoom
Click the Email Link
Check Your Audio
Download the Zoom application on the device you plan to use for your video appointment.
When you are ready to join the appointment, click on the “Join Appointment” link in the email or text message sent to you prior to the start of the appointment. This will take you directly to your provider or therapist’s consultation room. You also have the option to go directly to Zoom via your internet browser (join.zoom.us) and entering your provider’s meeting ID which can also be found in the email or text message sent to you prior to the start of your appointment.
Once you are in your provider or therapist’s Zoom room, you will want to make sure your video and microphone options are active and working on your device. These options can be found on the lower panel of the Zoom window.

How much does treatment cost?

You can schedule an appointment by either calling or texting (623) 300-5477, emailing AZreferrals@ascendtelehealth.com, or filling out our “free assessment” tool after which one of our team members will contact you and get you scheduled with an appropriate provider

Insurances currently accepted
Aetna
BCBS of Arizona
Cigna
Mercy Care
Humana
United Behavioral Health (Optum)
Magellan
Medicaid (AHCCCS)
Medicare
If you do not see your insurance listed above, please call and one of our team members who will be happy to help you verify your insurance coverage and/or provide you with our low-cost cash pay options.

I am currently in crisis. What do I do?

People in crisis should contact their physician, local emergency number or the

If you are currently pregnant or have recently had a baby and are in crisis or planning to hurt yourself or someone else, contact the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1.833.9.HELP4MOMS (call or text)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 988

How do I cancel/reschedule an appointment?

In order to provide high-quality mental health care to all who seek help, we ask that if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, you do so at least 24-hours in advance. This will allow time for others to gain access to our providers. Failure to do so may result in late-cancellation or no-show fee. 

How do I contact my provider?

You can contact your provider by calling the main Ascend Perinatal office line at (623) 300-5477
or emailing AZreferrals@ascendtelehealth.com. A message will then be forwarded to your provider
who will respond to your inquiry within 2-3 business days.