Postpartum Support Groups

Postpartum support groups for new moms and dads are run throughout the year, next Mom’s group will be run in October 2015. Please contact me to reserve your space. Group will be geared for mothers 4 weeks-6 months postpartum.

Did you know that depression is not necessarily one of the first symptoms to appear in a postpartum mood disorder? That just not feeling like your old self, irritability, anger and anxiety can be the beginning symptoms of something more than just the typical ‘baby blues’?

New parents might figure their primary care provider will know if there is something wrong with them, or assume dark feelings are a normal adjustment to being a parent in the weeks following a new baby, particularly with sleeplessness. Except anything two weeks after the baby is born differentiates “baby blues” from a potential perinatal (aka postpartum) mood disorder. And postpartum depression or anxiety can be diagnosed all the way up through the end of the first year. Some parents torment themselves with shame, guilt, and feeling like they are doing this whole ‘parent thing’ wrong. But dark feelings don’t mean you are a bad parent, they’re usually a symptom something else might be going on.

When: Groups are run on Sundays periodically throughout the year, six week commitment required
Who: New moms or dads with postpartum concerns. Separate groups for moms and dads.
Group Cost: $20 per session

Elyse is teaching faculty and a steering committee member of Maternal Mental Health Now (aka the LA County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force), board member for the 2020 Mom Project and Postpartum Support International Certified.