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).

 

Local therapists specializing in postpartum adjustment

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

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.

Julia Gersen, LCPC-C
Counseling for life’s “oh $@*#”  moments.

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

 

Postpartum depression & anxiety support groups

Social support can be an enormous

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

Brunswick — The PPD Support Group at Mid Coast Hospital has not met in a while. If you live in the area and would like them to restart the group, call the Midwives’ office at (207) 721-8710 and let them know you’re interested.

Portland — The Maternal Health Alliance of Maine is redesigning their support group program in 2018. Check back for updates or join my mailing list to be notified when the new dates and times roll out.

Social support is a huge factor in defeating postpartum depression. Connecting with people who understand what it’s like to have a baby at home is a great way to take care of yourself and your baby. There are many free and low-cost meetups in greater Portland for parents and babies. Even if they are not specifically focused on postpartum health, they can still be supportive places for you to feel less alone. Check out my list of parenting groups for days, times, and descriptions.

 

 Online resources

PSI Online Support Meetings
English: Tuesdays at 6:30 PM Eastern
Spanish: Tuesdays at 8:30 PM Eastern

PSI Chat With an Expert
Moms: Wednesdays at varying times
Dads: First Monday of the month