Postpartum Depression

Sadness After Childbirth: When is it more than the baby blues?

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See our list of PPD support groups in Massachusetts. Please check with the listed organization for participant openings and registration details.

Welcome to motherhood! Your little bundle of joy has arrived, and you may be faced with a myriad of feelings – happiness, relief, hope, as well as concerns, exhaustion, and uncertainty. Motherhood brings multiple demands and expectations. You are expected to be a good mother – one that is responsive to her child, knows how to comfort and nurture her baby. But what if you don't feel at all comfortable? What if you feel sad and exhausted and not sure about what to do for your baby? If you are feeling this way, you are definitely not alone. It is not unusual for new moms to feel sad, tired and unsure of their parenting skills. In fact, many new moms go through these feelings, and as many as 80% may experience the "baby blues." Baby blues are characterized by periods of crying for no apparent reason, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and restlessness. Thankfully, these symptoms usually diminish approximately within 3-7 days of delivery.

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Resource Organizations » Postpartum Depression

11 listing(s), including 1 with hotlines and 5 offering support groups


In Massachusetts

Organizations with hotlines

MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

www.womensmentalhealth.org/
The MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health
185 Cambridge St, Suite 2200
Boston, MA  02114
For appointments: 617-724-7792
This website provides a range of current information including discussion of new research findings in women's mental health and how such investigations inform day-to-day clinical practice. Despite the growing number of studies being conducted in women's health, the clinical implications of such work are frequently controversial, leaving patients with questions regarding the most appropriate path to follow. Providing these resources to patients and their doctors so that individual clinical decisions can be made in a thoughtful and collaborative fashion dovetails with the mission of our Center.

Organizations without hotlines

AnxietyBC

AnxietyBC contains a wealth of information to help people learn about and practice effective strategies to manage anxiety on their own, at their own pace. All content is grounded in scientific research and developed by professionals who specialize in helping people with anxiety.

Center for Early Relationship Support, Jewish Family & Children's Services (JF&CS)

www.jfcsboston.org/OurPrograms/ChildrenFamilies/tabid/179/Default.aspx
Offers support group(s)
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA  02451
781-647-5327
The Center for Early Relationship Support is a center of excellence for direct services, training, supervision, and consultation that focus on the earliest parent-infant relationship. Programs include free home visits for new parents, support groups for new parents, specialized treatment for parents with postpartum adjustment disorders, sleep and feeding consultations, services for premature infants, and programs for parents under 21 years old.

First Connections

www.firstconnections.org
Offers support group(s)
545 Boylston Street, Suite 700
Boston, MA  02116
978-287-0221
First Connections is a non-profit, family support organization that provides comprehensive services to families with young children birth through age five. Created in 1994 as part of the Massachusetts Family Network initiative, First Connections serves a large geographic area that encompasses twelve metro-west communities, including Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, and Westford as well as Hanscom Air Force Base. The mission of First Connections is to assist parents, through free or low cost education and support, in developing the skills they need to be involved and effective parents and to connect these parents to each other and to their communities.

MotherWoman

www.motherwoman.org/
Offers support group(s)
220 Russell Street, Suite 200
Hadley, MA  01035
Phone: 413-387-0703
MotherWoman supports and empowers mothers to create personal and social change by building community safety nets, impacting family policy and promoting the leadership and resilience of mothers. MotherWoman provides various services including running support groups for new Moms in various locations in Western Massachusetts, providing training both for group facilitators as well as professionals and advocating for policy change.

NAMI South Shore

www.namimass.org/
Offers support group(s)
19 Thaxter St.
Hingham, MA  02043
617-376-5400
If you or a loved one believes you have a mental illness or received a diagnosis of a mental illness and you need to find out more information: we can help.
If you want to know how to use the mental health services and benefits system to get help for yourself or your loved one: we can help.

National Women's Health Information Center

Provides straight-forward factual information about depression, postpartum depression, including symptoms and frequency of occurrences, as well as providing links to organizations that might provide help. The organization also provides a phone number that can be called to receive additional information.

Postpartum Support International of Massachusetts

www.postpartumma.org/
Offers support group(s)
MA Warmline: 866-472-1897
National Helpline; English and Spanish: 800-944-4773
The purpose of Postpartum Support International 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. PSI disseminates information and resources through the volunteer coordinators, its website, and an annual conference. PSI of Massachusetts is a volunteer organization of providers, survivors and other concerned individuals dedicated to the mission of PSI International. These support volunteers provide telephone and email support, information, and access to informed local resources.

Outside Massachusetts

2020 Mom Project

The 2020 Mom Project is a national call to action that sets forth an aggressive new path for solving what some have called one of the biggest public health concerns of our time: the silent maternal mental health crisis which impacts up to 20% of expecting and new moms. The project seeks to bring about change by the year 2020. Because of a complicated set of long-standing barriers, expecting and new moms are not consistently screened for emotional problems and therefore not diagnosed and offered treatment, and consequently these moms and families largely suffer in silence. Research suggests that when moderate to severe cases of maternal mental health disorders are left untreated, not only does the mother's health suffer, but so does her infant's, the stability of her marriage or partner relationship, and the long-term health and well being of all of her children. The 2020 Mom Project provides avenues for advocacy to encourage all systems to get involved to better support expecting and new moms, as well as information about maternal mental health and resources for where to get help.

Postpartum Education for Parents

www.sbpep.org/
PO Box 261
Santa Barbara, CA  93160
PEP (Postpartum Education for Parents), a group of trained parent volunteers, offers numerous programs to help parents and families thrive with their new children. PEP believes that there is no one right way to parent. Your confidence in being a parent will increase with the knowledge that other parents, through PEP, are there to help you. PEP recognizes that adding a child to the family is not a simple process and that there are significant problems inherent in postpartum adjustment for both parents, but especially for the mother. This website includes a variety of information for new parents, including information about postpartum depression, information for new fathers unique to their experience, a self-assessment questionnaire regarding postpartum depression, and new parent discussion groups.

Postpartum Support International

www.postpartum.net/Default.aspx
6706 SW 54th Avenue
Portland, OR  97219
Office: 503-894-9453
Helpline: 800-944-4PPD (4773)
Postpartum Support International (PSI) was founded in 1987 by Jane Honikman in Santa Barbara, California. 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. PSI disseminates information and resources through its volunteer coordinators, website and annual conference. Its goal is to provide current information, resources, education, and to advocate for further research and legislation to support perinatal mental health. PSI operates a "chat with experts" phone conferences weekly, with separate sessions for Moms and Dads, as well as a membership directory to help those in need find help in their area.

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Disclaimer: Material on the MSPP INTERFACE® Referral Service website is intended as general information. It is not a recommendation for treatment, nor should it be considered medical or mental health advice. The MSPP INTERFACE® Referral Service urges families to discuss all information and questions related to medical or mental health care with a health care professional.