Thursday, November 30, 2006

This week's meeting will be at 12:00 on Sunday, December 3 in Carroll Gardens. Click here for information on how to contact Molly or Chris if you would like to participate.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, November 26 at 12:00 in Carroll Gardens. Please contact Molly (email: mollyatperyerdotorg , or phone: 917-549-6012 ) if you plan to attend.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

This week's meeting will be at 12:00 on Sunday, November 19 in Carroll Gardens. Click here for information on how to contact Molly if you would like to participate.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Meeting Sunday 11/12

This week's meeting will be Sunday at noon in Boreum Hill. Please call or email Chris for details. Click here for her contact information. Thanks.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Next meeting

The next meeting will take place on Sunday, November 12 at 12:00pm in Boerum Hill. Please contact 917.771.6359 for more information if you would like to participate.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

This week's meeting will be at 12:00 on Sunday, November 5 in Carroll Gardens. Click here for information on how to contact Molly if you would like to participate.
Who We Are

We are two moms of young boys who each struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety. Between us we experienced insomnia, loss of appetite, over-concern about the baby, suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, debilitating guilt, worthlessness, agitation, inability to concentrate, hospitalization, hopelessness, excessive crying, anger, confusion and other symptoms associated with postpartum mood disorders, and have made full recoveries.

Molly has a master of social work degree from Southern Connecticut State University, where she conducted research on peer support and also co-led psychoeducational groups.

Chris has been a phone volunteer through Depression After Delivery and The Postpartum Resource Center of NY since 2002 and is a postpartum doula with the Brooklyn-based Birth Day Presence.

What We Do

We established a peer support group in Brooklyn in 2006 as a place where pregnant and postpartum women can get support if they think they are at risk for PPD, are experiencing symptoms and need further help and resources, or are in the care of a therapist and want to attend the group as part of their treatment plan. The group is free, meets monthly, and babies are welcome to join us. Women are encouraged to attend for as many meetings as they feel the group is helpful, whether once for information or monthly for ongoing support. Please note that the function of this group is to provide a forum for the exchange of peer support. It does not replace care provided by a licensed mental health practitioner. Please understand that this is a closed group; only women experiencing symptoms of a perinatal mood disorder will be allowed to participate. Graduate students, researchers and well-meaning friends and partners may not sit in on meetings.

Emotional support from empathetic listeners is one key part of expediting a woman's recovery from PPD. A support group might be the only place a mom feels safe to share her feelings without being judged or gossiped about, as it is private and confidential. Women in the group share and validate each others experiences, and women further along in the recovery process set an example of wellness and hope to those moms in despair.

For more information about the symptoms of and recovery from postpartum depression please see our section titled "Helpful Websites". We are growing this site and will be adding more educational information, strategies for recovery, and resources for partners, family and friends in the near future.

Postpartum Support International's Universal Message:

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