Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Meetings

There will not be a support group meeting in July while Chris and Molly are on vacation. Our next two meetings will be Tuesday, August 9 and Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm at the Everyday Athlete, 136 Union Street between Columbia and Hicks streets (www.everydayathletestudio.com).

Participation is limited only to women experiencing a perinatal mood disorder -- we will gladly answer questions from family and supportive friends by telephone or email.

Participation is free but RSVPs are required.

If you are interested in attending, please be sure to RSVP to Molly (mollyatperyerdotorg; 917-549-6012) or Chris
(motherthemotherdotchrisatyahoodotcom; 917-771-6359).
Who We Are

Brooklyn PPD Support was started in 2006 by Molly Peryer and Chris Lindsay-Abaire, two moms of young boys who each struggled with post-partum depression and anxiety. Between them, they experienced insomnia, loss of appetite, over-concern/hypervigilance about their babies, suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, hospitalization, feelings of worthlessness, anger, guilt, hopelessness, agitation, the inability to concentrate, and other symptoms associated with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and they both made full recoveries.

In Spring of 2014, Brooklyn PPD Support was joined by Melissa Paschke, LCSW. Her intention was to bring a new voice, experience and professional model to the peer support group. Melissa is an LCSW who has been practicing medical social work since 1994. She is also a mother of two boys and a certified yoga instructor. Melissa also offers individual, partner and group counseling, crisis intervention, family support, health and wellness counseling, and yoga for the prenatal and postpartum mother. Please reach out to Melissa directly for inquiries about individual treatment.

Molly has a B.A. in Anthropology from Barnard College and a Master of Social Work degree from Southern Connecticut State University, where she conducted research on peer support and co-led psychoeducational groups. She has since moved on to Seattle, Washington and plans to expand her offering to Seattle mothers.

Chris has been a phone volunteer through Depression After Delivery and The Post-partum Resource Center of NY since 2002 and is a post-partum 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 post-partum women can get support if they think they are at risk for PMAD (perinatal mood and/or anxiety disorder), are experiencing symptoms of Depression and/or Anxiety 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 meets monthly, and babies are welcome to join us. There is a suggested fee of $35 to attend. 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 PMAD. 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 PMAD 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