Web Statistics

Support Group in Brooklyn for postpartum depression

April 6, 2012

It’s surprising to me that with all the amazing resources we have in Brooklyn, there is no longer any support group for parents of children with colic and only 1 for moms who suffer from postpartum depression. And yet, I’m sure there are so many of us out there that need that support. Those early years of having babies is like (as my husband and I say): ” being in the trenches.” (Not to scare anyone off! But is is damn hard!)

The Brooklyn PPD Support does exist, thanks to the initiative of two moms who started this peer support group after suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) themselves.

What does PPD look like?
Those who are affected by it can experience insomnia, loss of appetite, over-concern about the baby, suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, debilitating guilt, worthlessness, agitation, inability to concentrate, hopelessness, excessive crying, anger, confusion and more. Look here for a more complete description.

What is the group?
Molly and Chris, the founders of Brooklyn PPD Support, run the group to help other moms who are struggling with adjusting to motherhood. They aren’t there to provide therapy, but to give all the support they can. They do come with some background in the area (along with their personal experiences).

Molly has a master of social work degree from Southern Connecticut State University in clinical mental health, where she conducted research on peer support and also co-led psychoeducational groups.  Chris is a postpartum doula with the Brooklyn-based Birth Day Presence and has been a phone volunteer through Depression After Delivery and The Postpartum Resource Center of NY since 2002.

Who goes?
The group usually ends up being small (averaging 3 new moms) which allows for some intimate discussion. If you are interested,  join their mailing list to be informed about meeting times, to meet other moms in order to decrease isolation, and to read news articles related to the treatment of perinatal mood disorders.

Next meeting:

April 23 at 7:00 pm.
Everyday Athlete, 136 Union Street between Columbia and Hicks streets (www.everydayathletestudio.com).
Participation is free but RSVPs are required. RSVP to Molly or Chris at least two hours prior to the scheduled start of the meeting.