Wait times represent the average estimated length of time from registration to being assigned a "first provider" (a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). Times displayed for Atlantic Health Systems are:

  • Reported as an average of wait times for the previous 2 hours of patients that have presented to the emergency department and have been seen by a provider
  • Refreshed at least every 15 minutes

Many circumstances can affect wait times - for example, patients arriving by ambulance or with life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Patients with severe conditions will be seen before those with less-serious problems or ailments. These times are provided for informational purposes only and cannot be guaranteed upon arrival.

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Postpartum Depression Support

Postpartum depression is a term used to describe a variety of emotional problems that can affect any woman during pregnancy or within the first year after delivery. Women who experience postpartum depression may feel bewildered and confused by having sad feelings when they “should” be feeling happy, and those feelings may interfere with bonding between mother and child and overall child development.

Symptoms of postpartum depression range from mild “baby blues” to severe depression. The “baby blues” typically occur within the first two to three weeks following delivery and usually resolve within a week or two without intervention. Although the symptoms are distressing, they typically do not affect the mother’s ability to function and care for herself or her child.

Mothers with more severe depressive symptoms may be unable to provide care for themselves or their children. They may be at risk of suicide, self-harm or harm to the infant. Severe postpartum depression is considered a crisis that requires immediate medical help and intervention.

If you suffer from postpartum depression:

  • Call the Atlantic Behavioral Health hotline at 973-540-0100
    One-on-one professional support for women (and family members) suffering from postpartum depression is available.
  • Join a support group
    Overlook Medical Center’s Postpartum Support Group is designed for moms looking to learn coping and relaxation skills to help them with their new role. Classes are held at 46-48 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ. To register, call 1-888-247-1400.
  • Ask family and friends for support
    People who can help are all around you. Look for caring, sympathetic listeners, such as your partner, someone in your family, a close friend or religious leader.  

Additional Resources

PPD Hope Helpline
Phone: 1-800-944-4773

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Perinatal Mood Disorders Helpline
Phone: 1-800-328-3838