Guest Spotlight: Feels Like Home

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Soon after her son was born earlier this year in Dallas, Texas, Rebekah “Becca” Rische was diagnosed with post-partum depression (PPD), a mood disorder that can affect women soon after childbirth.

Referred to UNC Hospitals because it houses the nation’s first and only free-standing, perinatal psychiatry unit, Becca and her husband Ben came with infant son Issac to Chapel Hill this past summer. While Becca was immersed in the inpatient clinic program, Ben and Isaac stayed at Family House, quickly establishing a routine that included regular visits with Becca in the hospital, couples therapy, and 1:1 therapy.

FamilyFor Becca, knowing that Ben and Isaac were comfortable at Family House and that they were a five-minute drive to the clinic meant the world to her. “I couldn’t believe there was a place that will do this,” she shared. “They made it feel like home to Ben and Isaac. Just knowing they were safe and surrounded by loving people gave me such peace of mind.”

As they were gathering their belongings for the flight back home to Texas, Becca stressed that when you have PPD, support is necessary. She got support from the perinatal program, and Ben and Isaac got it while staying at Family House. “UNC gave me the tools to go back home to cope and to be the best mother that I can be. The hospital feels like a community of people who care. Family House feels like a community. Everyone is looking out for each other. Getting the support from everyone got us through this,” she said. We wish them all the Rische family the best.


  1. Carolyn Wilkes's avatar
    Carolyn Wilkes
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    Becca, Ben &amp; Isaac<br /> I love this courageous story...I am 67 and I must still be reminded that life is lived one wise decision at a time....and all else is under the grace and mercy and kindness of our Great King, Jesus.<br /> <br /> ....your family made a wise decision to come to UNC!!!<br /> <br /> I was there in the context of my lovely sister, Rosemary who is now at home and with her Heavenly Father...and my experience there with SECU was precious....I even gardened a bit and planted flowers...<br /> <br /> So...just wanted to say I carefully read your comments and absorbed your lovely family pic...&amp; now I am praying for you<br /> ("I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me....for His strength is made perfect in my weakness....whenever I am weak, He is strong!")<br /> <br /> Carolyn

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