Spring 2015 Support Group

We are currently meeting on Saturdays, 11 a.m. for 90 min. Call, text or email to find out where, but it’s generally central to the current attendees. This week we met near Radford High School.   Contact us for more information.

Support Group Saturdays!

April 11 @ 11 a.m. (call for location)
April 25 @ 11 a.m. ”
May 9 @ 11 a.m. “

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Sign up for Fall 2013 Support Group

Aloha moms, families in Hawaii

Isn’t there something about September that makes you want to sign up for…something?

How about a support group for those of you going through pregnancy and postpartum challenges?

It doesn’t have to be depression or anxiety per se, but those feelings overwhelm or “what did I get myself into?” or “why aren’t I connecting with my baby?” Wouldn’t you feel relieved to talk to other moms feeling this way with their new little one(s) too?

A new group(s) is forming now, maximum 8 parents. Infants are welcome. Wednesday evening or Saturdays before noon.

Call or text us at 392-7985.

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Summer 2013 Support Group

Our support group is running on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Airport/Mapunapuna area. Call 392-7985 for location and group leader information.

Find relief and knowing you are not alone.  Meet with others having pregnancy or postpartum anxiety, depression and other challenges.  You’ll find compassion, understanding, information, support, validation and more.  Babies welcome.

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Welcome ~ E Komo Mai

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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Google+ Hangout for May Support Groups

PPD Support HI is embracing technology and leaping in to the cyberworld via “Hangouts” with Google+.  This is like talking with others on Skype, but you can have up to ten people in a Hangout, chatting at one time.

First you need Google +  Do this.  https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?service=oz&continue=https://plus.google.com/?gpcaz%3Dcf69c78e&hl=en

Then you need the Hangouts application.  Here’s a video explaining how to get it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkMBrY2pBiw&feature=related

With the app installed, you are ready to join a Hangout.  See how it works, here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5kdr7N6nPg&feature=channel

We’re giving it a shot on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of May from 9:00 pm., that way you may be able to get the baby down for the evening so you can video chat.

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Promoting Positive Attachment Training 3-16-12

Aloha all,

Sorry to add this after the fact.  I know, I know, it’s like the local news showing all the great things you missed out on today, instead of telling you ahead of the event.

This engaging and informative training was developed by Same Small Boat Productions, LLC, Global Rights Reserved.  Written, Directed, and Produced by: Lynn B. Wilson, PhD, Sharon Taba, MEd.  You can see their video, aimed at those who work with children 0-3 and their families, over on YouTube.  Promoting Positive Attachment Video

Those attending included providers from PATCH, PACT,  Care Hawaii, Child & Family Services and programs from around the state.  What was delightful and unusual about the training was how the answers were drawn out of the participants–the people who were there to learn.  It felt very empowering.

Many aspects of “PPD”came up, along side positive attachment and lack thereof.  As more and more poster-sized papers were attached to the wall–with more and more descriptions of what one might see in a parent with “PPD”–the queasier my stomach felt.  My co-speaker/PPD survivor and I would go on next, to talk about our own experiences.  MY perception was of needing to clear away cobwebs before anyone could see us.  –two individuals who experienced some aspects of some of the things people brought up.  I find my reaction weird, as I normally easily volunteer my story, symptoms, my perceived causes, treatment…

I never felt tv-commercial-depressed, with that down and worn out kind of energy.  I was super anxious and had little ability to sleep.  My co-speaker and I both had “going to sleep anxiety” after a bit–because our sleep had been so disrupted, attempting to go to sleep tonight brought back last night’s unsuccessful attempt.  The night before’s attempt.  It was like sleep PTSD…post traumatic sleeplessness disturbance.

I didn’t cry much.  Didn’t feel sad.  I just worried.  As the sleep deprivation continued, I tried to control stuff.  Until my postpartum anxiety, I consider myself very competent.  Instead, I became an extreme worrier,  considering all the “what ifs” any new parent can imagine.  The scary thoughts known as PPD w/ocd.

To hear from other parents about their experiences, check out the Postpartum Support International video, Healthy Mom, Happy FamilyThe Fathers Respond video comes on after the moms, and they share what it’s like to support someone through this challenging period.  The moms’ experiences reflect mine to various degrees, and they each “ring true” from what I have heard from moms over the past 11 years, talking/replying with over a thousand moms personally.

Their experiences are well represented, as is mine, on a terrific graphic from the Pacific Post Partum Support Society, in Vancouver, BC.  Titled A Multidimensional Explanation of Postpartum Depression, it was eagerly devoured at one of the recent PPD Support HI support group meetings.  The parents felt the graphic captured their experiences accurately.  The general categories included:

  1. general losses or changes
  2. physiological
  3. psychodynamic
  4. anthropological
  5. psychosocial
  6. personality

Under those six general categories there are 30 possibilities.   A couple I see/hear frequently are having very high standards for oneself and/or some degree of perfectionism.  <waves hand>  Beyond those, there is a broad net cast as to “why” someone might develop a prenatal or postpartum mood challenge.  While the list of 30 possibilities is not comprehensive, it’s the best I’ve seen.  It feels like it came up from a group of survivors.

All this, and I have to say, I’m impressed with the breadth of knowledge the attendees.  This training style will definitely impact the trainings that PPD Support HI plans in the future, in a positive way.

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Check your birth control!

If you and/or your doctor think you may have postpartum something (depression, anxiety, ocd, panic…stress etc.), well, have a full blood work panel done, with T-3 & T-4 thyroid tests as well. 

If all that comes back normal, doublecheck your birth control!  Yes, your birth control. (hormones…)

Perhaps you’ve given birth and have decided not to rely on breastfeeding as your birth control, or you’re not nursing, or you’re done.  You start birth control.  Soon after (days later, or maybe longer), you start to feel moody, angry and other things that might be seen as “PPD”.

Or maybe you already were diagnosed with postpartum something, already on medication and were feeling okay, but recently? ….not so much.  Did you just start birth control?  One of my cyber axe-murderer ppd friends started the bc patch.  A few days later she felt like she was wigging out.  She thought it might be her patch, so she removed it.  …just as quickly as she started feeling “off”, she was as quickly back to where she’d been.  Feeling pretty good again.  “On” again.

The usual suspects are apparently the progesterone-only types of birth control.  The mini-pill, the patch (Ortho Evra), Implanon, the Mirena IUD, Depo-Provera (“the shot”).

At least with the patch you can take it off.  The mini-pill you can stop taking.  But “the shot” has to wear off, in 12 to 14 potentially miserable weeks.  Removing the Implanon or Mirena is something your doctor would do. 

Some of these don’t mention depression as a potential side effect.  “Your mileage may vary,” meaning, just because depression is listed as a potential side effect doesn’t mean it will effect you.  Or if depression isn’t listed, it doesn’t mean the birth control isn’t doing something that has you feeling depressed.  It might be doing it anyway, regardless of what the patient information sheet says.

Bottom line is, you know yourself and your body best.  Listen closely.  Then talk with your doctor.

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