When a woman gives birth to a baby, it’s quite common for her to experience feelings of sadness and anxiety also known as the “baby blues”. These difficult feelings are challenging but go away within a couple of days to weeks. However, some women go on to experience more intense feelings of sadness associated with a medical condition called Postpartum depression (PPD). PPD negatively impacts a mother’s ability to care for both herself and her baby.
The severity of the disorder can depend on a range of factors such as the emotional, psychological history, social, financial, and physical status of the woman suffering from it.
Some symptoms of PPD include loss of appetite, insomnia, strong feelings of sadness, anxiety (worry) and tiredness, mood swings, difficulty bonding with the baby, crying too much, or withdrawing from loved ones. These issues, if not treated, can last for a long time after giving birth.
One of the most effective ways of treating postpartum depression is using therapy. Therapy can be facilitated in a few different ways, including group therapy sessions also called support groups.
And in addition to therapy, connecting with others going through similar experiences as yourself in a support group can be beneficial to reduce feelings of loneliness and depression.
Join a welcoming community where you can share your authentic experience and receive non-judgmental support as you transition into a new chapter of your life as a mother.
Vibrant Women Wellness frequently hosts postpartum support group meetings in New York City for moms who are suffering from depression. We are also serving New Jersey residents (via telehealth online).
The group sessions are either professionally led by licensed mental health licensed practitioners (or practitioners working towards obtaining their license) who facilitate the meetings.
Our groups provide tools and resources to help you navigate the challenges and celebrate the successes that come with the early days of parenting. Group support can ease feelings of isolation and overwhelm that are common during the postpartum period.