Mother-Child-Unit

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Contact Information

Phone +49 30 450 517 658
Fax:   +49 30 450 517 954

Email: Mutter-und-Kind@charite.de

Location: Mother-Child-Unit, 5th floor
               Hindenburgdamm 30
               12203 Berlin, Germany

Your phone call will be answered by our nurses, who go above and beyond what is expected to take care of their patients. Our team's Nurse Supervisor is Mrs Irmgard Welling.

Up to 80% of new mothers experience mood disturbances -- loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, sadness - that many refer to as "baby blues."
But for the 10 to 15 percent of women who develop the psychiatric condition postpartum depression, the "baby blues" don't go away. Symptoms include sadness, feeling emotionally numb, lack of energy, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, feeling overwhelmed, negative feelings toward oneself and the baby and a decreased ability to fulfill daily tasks (poor self-care). The most severe cases include suicidal thoughts and actions and thoughts of hurting the baby.

Another form of Postpartum Depression is postpartum Psychosis.  1 to 2 in 1000 new mothers suffer from a postpartum psychosis. Postpartum Psychosis is a serious illness that can be severe and life threatening. Symptoms include delusions, hallucinations and disorganized thinking. It is essential for women to get evaluation and treatment immediately.

Psychiatric Disorders We Treat

We don't limit our effort to treating mothers with postpartum depression or psychosis. We treat mothers with all psychiatric disorders, that occur during the first one to two years after giving birth.


These include:
Schizophrenia
Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorders (e.g. Borderline Personality Disorder)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

What To Expect

We are very pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our totally renovated Mother-Child Inpatient Unit. Our Unit, formerly based at Eschenallee, moved to the newly renovated location at the Charité University Hospital Campus Benjamin Franklin to provide private, state of the art specialty care for women and their children up to 24 months of age suffering from postpartum psychiatric issues. Our new Mother-Child-Unit, also known as Station 8a at our University Hospital, opened on January, 7th 2015.
Our Mother-Child-Unit offers eight, all-new single rooms for mothers and their children up to 24 months of age. Each of our eight single rooms have a private bathroom (with private shower) and private TV. Our unit also includes several living rooms, fitness facilities, a milk preparation kitchen and a laundry.

The Team

Our multi-disciplinary treatment team is comprised of highly trained doctors (board certified psychiatrists), mental health nurses, pediatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other therapists that work together to create individualized treatment plans. We provide comprehensive assessment and treatment, including medication stabilization and a vast range of  individual and group therapies.

What Makes Us Special

"There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one. (Jill Churchill)"


Our Mother-Child-Unit is dedicated to meeting the needs of our patients and their children and is committed to providing the best possible care for all we serve. We offer specialty care for women suffering from postpartum psychiatric issues and provide a calm and nurturing environment for every mother and her child.

Medical staff

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Dettling

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist

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