Emotional support for postpartum parents

The postpartum recovery period is a time of both hormonal and logistical upheaval. Both parents can be profoundly affected by these changes. Some “baby blues” are to be expected, but it’s important to equip yourself and your loved ones with the tools to recognize the signs of postpartum depression and anxiety. Emotional support is available for parents online and in person.


If you feel like you might hurt yourself or your baby, or for any other
mental health emergencies, call 911 or 774-HELP (774-4357).

Therapists  specializing in postpartum adjustment

Jenna Daly, LCSW
Pregnancy and postpartum assessments for anxiety and/or depression, as well as the more common issues of adjustment for individuals and couples.

Emily Van Cannon, LCPC-C, LADC
Holistic approach to mental wellness that takes into consideration your body, behavior, thoughts, feelings and relationships.

Martha J. Barry, Ph.D
Mind-body approach to psychological health and wellbeing in the Old Port, with expertise in postpartum depression and anxiety.

Postpartum  depression  & anxiety support groups

Biddeford — Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Group at Southern Maine Medical Center, contact Katherine O’Connor, RN, IBCLC at 283-7335.

Brunswick — PPD Support Group at Mid Coast Hospital, call 373-6500 for details and schedule.

Portland — Maternal Health Alliance of Maine offers empathy circles twice a month on the USM campus.