Are you a new parent, feeling like something isn’t “right”?
Angry, sad, worried, nervous, anxious?
Unable to sleep when the baby sleeps?
Having weird or scary thoughts?
You are NOT alone! It’s not your fault!
You will feel like yourself again, with help
* Phone/text support * Peer Support Group *
* Referrals * Group Presentations *
* Information & Education *
………… Call 392-7985 …………
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You don’t have to be a war veteran to experience post traumatic stress. If you felt your life or safety, or that of your babe, it is worth talking to someone about your experience. If your partner was there too, witnessing the trauma, they may be traumatized as well. Talk together. It’s exhausting (–like new parenting isn’t already exhausting!) trying to avoid triggering thoughts, feelings, flashbacks of the event. Seek support.
“We’re increasingly aware that many women (around one in three) come out of their birth experience feeling some symptoms of trauma.”
“Many women also experience some level of ‘trauma’ but may not describe it as such as they don’t meet the criteria for a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Birth trauma is in the eye of the beholder – that is, if you feel you’re more affected by the birth than you expected, you may find it helpful to get some support.
“When we experience traumatic events, they’re stored in a particular way in our memory, and this can leave us feeling we’re not safe even when the event is far behind us. The first step to feeling better is to do lots of things to let your body know you’re safe. Breathing is one quick way of doing this – spending a few minutes making sure your out breath is longer than your in breath is a quickfire way of turning off your fight or flight system.
“Grounding exercises are also helpful – concentrating on feeling your feet on the floor, looking for everything you can see which is blue, counting circles. This helps to ground you in the present.”
The support group has been going consistently again since summer 2017. Overall it’s been weekly since 2004!
It is peer support group style–everyone has or had a form of “PPD” whether it’s depression, anxiety, panic, scary thoughts; scary birth, feeding difficulties, ongoing pain… we talk about it. Usually moms/parents leave their first group meeting feeling so much better! Connected, not alone, heard, seen… It’s such a relief having face-to-face time with women who share feelings similar to yours, to realize you’re not “crazy” and to hear that this IS very treatable.
Currently the group is at topped out with eight mothers. At most we’ll have 10–if a space can be found with good seating possibilities and free of cost, we can have 10. Right now though, 8 is the limit. Call to get on the waiting list. 392-7985
Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. location shared during a call before your first group meeting.
We’re continuing group support weekly, on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Meet other moms in the same or similar boat, lean on one another, learn from an experienced/recovered mom and each other. You may feel more understood than you have so far, dealing with this condition. You will feel hope. Many people think a group about depression (PPD or other depression) might be sad and…well, depressing, but it’s not.
Have your feelings validated, feel understood, supported and not judged. Give a call for more details, daily from 8 am — 8 pm. 392-7985
2018, Day 2. (1/2/2018) Support Group Tuesday
Four moms and I/us/PPDsupportHI met this Tuesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. to reconnect after the holidays and all the stressors and positives.
Next week–the dads’ experiences. Or rather, the dads’ responses to the moms’, after the moms’ first person experiences. This will include a couple of videos. Maybe you want to join us next Tuesday. Give us a call for location details. :D
Group has been running Tuesday evenings since September 5, 6:30-8 pm in the Salt Lake area.
Next meeting is December 12, then we take a break until January 2, 2018. 6:30-8 pm. Call for exact location and more information. :)
Every Saturday morning. We’re currently meeting in the Leeward Oahu area at 9:30 -11:00 a.m.
If you’re struggling as a new mom; feeling disconnected from your baby, feeling too anxious to sleep even when baby is sleeping, flying into anger over things that never would have bothered you before, feeling overwhelmed or like a bad mother this group is for you. Meet other moms who are feeling similar things and make your way back to feeling like yourself in a supportive and emotionally safe place. No judgment or mommy competition here.
Call 392-7985 for more information, support and location of the group.
We are currently meeting on Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. for 1-1+ hours. Call or text to find out where, but it’s generally central to the current attendees. This week we meet near Radford High School. Contact us for more information.
Support Group Saturdays!
June 18 & 25 @ 10:30 a.m. (call for location)
July 9, 16, 23, 30 (we won’t meet on the July 4th weekend)