Friday, May 26, 2006


This isn’t What I Expected: Recognizing and Recovering from Depression and Anxiety After Childbirth
by Karen R. Kleiman (1994)

Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression
by Shoshana S. Bennett, Pec Indman (2003)

Postpartum Survival Guide
by Ann Dunnewold and Diane G. Sanford, Paperback (1994)

Mothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings and Needs After Childbirth. A support and Resource Guide
by Sally Placksin (Revised 2000)

Postpartum Depression: Every Woman's Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
by Sharon L. Roan (1997)

Conquering Postpartum Depression: A Proven Plan for Recovery
by Ronald Rosenberg MD, Deborah Greening MD, James Windell (2003)

The Mother-to-Mother Pospartum Depression Support Book
by Sandra Poulin (2006)

When Words Are Not Enough : The Women's Prescription for Depression and Anxiety
by Valerie Davis Raskin (1997)

Laughter and Tears : The Emotional Life of New Mothers
by Elisabeth Bing and Libby Coleman, Ph.D. (1997)

Overcoming Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
by Linda Sebastian (1998)

How You Can Survive When They're Depressed: Living and Coping With Depression Fallout
by Anne Sheffield (1999)

What Am I Thinking? Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression
by Karen Kleiman (2005)

Sleepless Days : One Woman's Journey Through Postpartum Depression
by Susan Kushner Resnick (2000)

Down Came the Rain : My Journey Through Postpartum Depressionby Brooke Shields (2005)

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What Are PMADs?

PMADs have the following symptoms: insomnia, loss of appetite, nervousness/hypervigilance, frightening and/or suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, feelings of worthlessness, anger, guilt, sadness/crying, grief, hopelessness, agitation, inability to concentrate, joylessness, sleeplessness/restlessness, appetite changes. You may experience one or some of these symptoms over a period of time.

Founded in 2006, Molly Coffin and Chris Lindsay-Abaire co-created the peer support they needed in their community. In Spring of 2014, Brooklyn PPD Support was joined by Melissa Paschke, LCSW. Melissa has been practicing medical social work since 1994. She is also a mother of two boys and a 500 hour+ certified yoga teacher. Melissa offers individual, partner and group therapies, crisis intervention, family support, health/wellness counseling, and yoga for the pre-natal and postpartum woman. She is a graduate of Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work and holds advanced clinical training certificates from the NYU Silver School of Social Work and Seleni Institute.

Please contact Melissa for information about group participation or individual and partner therapy.

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What is Brooklyn PPD Support?

If you are a pregnant or post-partum woman experiencing Stress, Depression, Anxiety, and/or other mood challenges, you are welcome to join this group. It is advised that you also reach out to your medical provider to be assessed for any psychopharmacological needs. Group can also be used as a complement to any private psychotherapy you may be receiving, or you may inquire about private therapy with Melissa Paschke, LCSW, in addition to Brooklyn PPD Support Groups.

Brooklyn PPD Support is currently offering groups by Zoom, as per COVID-19 restrictions. There is a suggested fee of $40 to attend. It is the primary intention of Brooklyn PPD Support to remove as many barriers to participation as possible, so if fees are preventing you from attending, please reach out to Melissa. You are encouraged to attend as many meetings as you wish. This is a closed group; Only women experiencing symptoms of PMADs will be allowed to participate. Graduate students, researchers and well-meaning partners may not sit in on meetings.

Emotional support from empathic listeners is one key part of expediting a woman's recovery from PMADs. This offering is a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental environment where women can share their experiences. Women in all stages of stress, illness and recovery are welcome. If you aren't sure or formally diagnosed with a PMAD, you are welcome. You are also welcome if your child is older, but you relate to the stressors described. We are women helping women to share, witness and support each others' experiences. This is a professionally facilitated group led by a licensed clinical social worker who will also offer appropriate referrals for any additional treatment or supportive services that may be needed.

Postpartum Support International's Universal Message:

You are not alone
This is not your fault
You will feel better