Postartum Depression (PPD)
The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression or anxiety. Many new moms experience the "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings and crying spells that fade quickly. But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Rarely, an extreme form of postpartum depression known as postpartum psychosis develops after childbirth. Postpartum depression and/or anxiety isn't a character flaw or a weakness. Sometimes it's simply a complication of giving birth. If you have postpartum depression or anxiety, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms — and enjoy your baby. You are not alone - ask for help!
"Balance After Baby"
Postpartum Depression (PPD)
Post-Partum Support Group
The Freedman Center at MSPP
One Wells Ave, Newton MA 02459 (Ground Floor)
Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm (check website for next start date)
Name of Facilitator: MSPP Group Leader
The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force
Striving to provide information and education to families living on the North Shore of Boston
Postpartum Support International
The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family.
Recognizing Postpartum Depression
Worksheet to help family members and moms recognize postpartum depression
Worksheet to help mothers and her support team to recognize the symptoms of postpartum depression. Postpartum blues, depression and psychosis are real illnesses that affect an estimated 20-30% of women following the birth of a child.
Postpartum Depression Hotline
Postpartum Support International (PSI)
(800) 944-4PPD (944-4773)
Largest perinatal support agency in the U.S. PSI's toll-free HelpLine (English & Spanish) serves over 1,000 callers a month and is staffed by a volunteer team of PSI trained responders who rapidly refer callers to appropriate local resources, including emergency services.
National Suicide Hotline:
(800) SUICIDE (784-2433)
Postpartum Support Resources in Massachusetts
Postpartum Progress is the world’s most widely-read award winning blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, including: postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, depression during pregnancy (antenatal depression), post-adoption depression, postpartum PTSD, depression after miscarriage or perinatal loss and postpartum psychosis. We focus on positive messages of empowerment and recovery, because PPD is temporary and treatable with professional help.