Mental Health  

Whether you are feeling the "baby blues" or experiencing a more serious mental health issue, it's important to get the help you deserve. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness—it's a sign of strength. 

Know What To Look For

Source: Postpartum Support International

  • Are you feeling sad or depressed?

  • Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?

  • Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?

  • Do you feel anxious or panicky?

  • Are you having problems eating or sleeping?

  • Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can't get out of your mind?

  • Do you feel as if you are "out of control" or "going crazy?"

  • Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?

  • Are you worried that you might hurt yourself or your baby?

Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD), such as postpartum depression. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of their child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer.

Learn more about postpartum depression and other PMADs on the Postpartum Support International website.

  Resources  

Counseling and Therapy

  • Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping families suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and stress.
    • Find local support and help here or call their HelpLine at 1-800-944-4773.​
  • Psychology Today offers a wide listing of therapists. You can search by location, issue (such as pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum), insurance, and more. Many therapists allow clients to bring their baby to appointments if needed. 
  • The Motherhood Center of New York's Day Program is intended for expectant and new moms finding themselves struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as postpartum depression. Please note this is a paid program, either through insurance or out-of-pocket. Call 212-335-0034 for more information.
  • The Womb Room (located in Baltimore, MD) is a community for moms, covering everything from conception to pregnancy to parenthood. Their therapy services are available in-person and through tele-therapy. For more information, please contact support@wombroom.mom

Support Groups

  • Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping families suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and stress. They are offering free weekly online support group meetings. Learn more and register here. Groups include:
    • Perinatal Mood Support Group
    • NICU Parents
    • Military Moms
    • Pregnancy and Infant Loss
  • The Motherhood Center of New York provides supportive services for new and expecting moms, including a range of treatment options for women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). They are currently offering a variety of paid virtual support groups. Learn more and register here. Groups include:
    • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) Support​ Group
    • Dad's and Partner's Support Group
    • Working Mom's Support Group
    • Pregnancy Support Group
  • The Womb Room (located in Baltimore, MD) is a community for moms, covering everything from conception to pregnancy to parenthood. They have a variety of virtual offerings right now, including support groups (both free and paid). Learn more and register here.