Postpartum Depression Support Groups

Having a baby should be the happiest time in a woman’s life…but what if it’s not?  What if after giving birth she only feels sad and bursts into tears for no apparent reason?  Feeling anxious, completely overwhelmed, and a sense of not seeing a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ are all symptoms of postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is defined as ‘moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth.’ It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later, however, most of the time it occurs within the first 3 months after delivery.

The first thing to know is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  Many women find it frightening to seek treatment or feel a sense of shame in doing so.  However, seeking help for postpartum depression is exactly the same as seeking treatment for a broken arm… it’s asking for professional help when it’s needed.

There’s no shortage of places to turn to, — first and foremost should be a woman’s own OBGYN; often women feel better just by talking out what they are feeling.

In addition, the hospital where the baby was born is a great resource.  For example, Winthrop University Hospital has a Postpartum Home Healthcare program for women who deliver at their hospital in which a visiting nurse and a medical social worker can provide intermittent care for mom and her new baby.  Additional information can be found HERE or at by calling 1-866-WINTHROP

In addition, here’s a list of postpartum depression support groups and other resources that can help one recover:

The Mother’s Circle of Hope
The Mother’s Circle of Hope is a support group offered by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for women experiencing pregnancy-related or postpartum depression.  The Mother’s Circle meets once a week for 11 weeks to provide emotional support and information to women in the community.
Where:
Good Samaritan Hospital, 1000 Montauk Highway, West Islip, NY 11795
Contact info:
(631) 676-HOPE (4673) or email circleofhope@chsli.org
http://goodsamaritan.chsli.org/index.php/perinatal-ed

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The Circle of Caring Postpartum Support Groups
Part of the National Associate of Mothers Centers, the Circle of Caring offers emotional support, educational information and coping tools for empowerment.
Where:
Call or email for local meeting locations
Contact Info:
(516) 939-6667 ext.106 or email Lisa Kaplan-Miller at lisak@motherscenter.org

https://www.motherscenter.org/circle-of-caring-ppd-support-groups.html

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Postpartum Resource of New York
A self-help organization, Postpartum Resource of New York was established to provide emotional support, educational information, healthcare and support group referrals to mothers suffering from prenatal and postpartum depression
Where:
109 Udall Road, West Islip, NY 11795
Contact Info:
Helpline (631) 422-2255

http://www.postpartumny.org/

 

By Kim L. Como


Photo Credit: David Castillo Dominici

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