by Lauren Froelich
Postpartum is a whirlwind of physical healing, bonding with your newborn, navigating breastfeeding, hormones, sleep-exhaustion, and the list goes on and on. Postpartum experiences can vary from woman to woman, and from pregnancy to pregnancy. There are a lot of great resources in the Twin Cities to support moms who are experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety, and included below are a few of them. Feel free to leave any that are missing in the comments.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I think it also takes a village to care for and support postpartum moms.
The Postpartum Progress site is a wealth of information, including signs of PP anxiety and depression to watch for, a new mom checklist for maternal mental health, and a PP depression infographic. The community that formed Postpartum Progress is amazing, and is one place a PP mom can look to for support.
Contacting the PPSM HelpLine is another good place to start. They offer phone, text, or email support.
Most commonly prescribed medications for PPMDs – mainly SSRIs – are considered safe for breastfeeding. If a doctor prescribes something and says that weaning is necessary, or will not prescribe unless breastfeeding is ceased, that should be questioned, and one place to do that is the InfantRisk Center. (806)-352-2519 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Central.
New Moms Support Group – Park Nicollet Women’s Center
If you’ve been feeling sad, anxious or overwhelmed since of the birth of your baby, you’re not alone. Connect with other new moms at this free drop in support group, facilitated by experienced therapists. Second and fourth Mondays from noon to 12:45 pm.
Postpartum Depression Support Group – wellness.allinahealth.org – Rosalyn
Located in West St. Paul, this ongoing group offers education and support for women who are experiencing or are at risk for postpartum depression. Mothers are invited to bring their babies to our meetings. The group meets every Wednesday from1:30 to 3 p.m. Free parking and free drop-in child care are available. FREE.
Postpartum Depression Support Group – wellness.allinahealth.org – Jennifer
Offered at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, this ongoing group meets every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and provides education and support for women who are experiencing or are at risk for postpartum depression. Mothers are invited to bring their babies to our meetings. FREE.
Welcome Baby Care – www.welcomebabycare.com
Practical and emotional support after bringing baby home. Screening for perinatal mood disorders. Focus on reducing stress and maximizing rest and recovery. Online resources, parenting education and breastfeeding assistance.
Here is a link to another TCM blog post with general mom’s groups in the Twin Cities, which help foster community with other moms, however these are not specific to PP mood support.
Resource list of counselors:
Jess Helle-Morrissey, MA, MSW, LGSW
Maureen Campion, Licensed Psychologist
Psychotherapy & Healing Associates, Ltd (PHA Wellness)
Five convenient locations across the Twin Cities, including one by Lake Calhoun
HCMC Mother-Baby Program
The HCMC Mother-Baby Program offers a range of mental health services to support women and families.
Most importantly, reach out, get help. It takes courage to ask for help when everything feels overwhelming, but it is so worth it. You deserve it!