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Beyond Birth: Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Support
Location: Franciscan Education Center
1501 Hartford Street
Lafayette, IN 47904
Postpartum depression and anxiety is the most common complication of childbirth. To address this depression we use the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, which is a 10-question self-rating scale that has been proven to be an efficient and effective way of identifying patients at risk for postpartum depression.
Every woman is at risk, regardless of age, race or financial status. Parents who have adopted a child can also develop perinatal depression.
The Beyond Birth Support Group is a place where you can share your story without feeling judged and realize that you are not alone in your struggle, no matter how crazy or scary your thoughts might be.
Each meeting is facilitated by a healthcare professional. You are welcome to join the support group meetings as often as you wish and for a long as you wish. You may choose whatever meetings best meet the needs of you and your family.
There is time for questions, sharing and learning self-care tips. The support group is not a therapy group, so additional therapy might be indicated for some individuals.
Since we do not offer childcare during the meeting times, we ask that you do not bring children unless they are able to be held throughout the meeting.
The support group meets monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Franciscan Education Center. located at 1501 Hartford Street, Lafayette.
- 8% of new mothers will experience “baby blues.”
- 1 in 7 mothers experience serious depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum.
- 1 out of 1,000 mothers will experience postpartum psychosis.
- 1 in 10 fathers experience postpartum depression.
- Frequent crying.
- Sleep and appetite change.
- Feelings of loneliness, sadness and/or helplessness.
- Frequent mood swings.
- Repetitive, sometimes scary, thoughts that do not go away.
- Feelings of anger, frustration and/or irritability.
- Difficulty bonding with your baby.
- Anxiety, panic and/or excessive worry.
- Feelings of being trapped.
- Fear of being left alone with your baby.
- Sense of impending doom.
- Lack of interest in life.
- Feeling sluggish, fatigued and/or exhausted.
- Thoughts of hurting yourself, your baby and/or someone else.
- Feeling overwhelmed.
- Feeling sped up or wired.