Monday, January 19, 2009

February Meetings

The next two meetings will be on Tuesday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 24 at 7 pm at Everyday Athlete. Everyday Athlete is located at 136 Union St., between Hicks and Henry. The meetings are free, confidential, and babies are welcome, but rsvp is required. Please phone Chris at 917-771-6359 to rsvp or for more information. Alternately, feel free to email Molly at mollyatperyerdotorg.

We look forward to seeing you.

Molly & Chris

Friday, January 16, 2009

More Research on the Value of Peer Support

Click here for additional evidence that peer support is an effective way to reduce incidents of PPD.

Research Finding

Click here to read an informative article about how peer support can help new mothers lower their risk for developing postpartum depression.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Meeting Cancellation

We will not be meeting on Tuesday, January 20. The meetings for February will be posted shortly. Please accept our apologies for this change in schedule.
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