Postpartum Support Group to launch Feb. 6 at Reid Health

February 2nd, 2018

A new support group offered by the Reid Health Family Birthing Center is designed to help new moms with the challenges that often come after having a baby.

“The goal of our group is to value, honor and support mothers, not only in words but in action,” said Maria Kreitzer, RN, Perinatal Navigator, who will be one of the facilitators for the Postpartum Support Group. The new group is certified through Postpartum Support International. April Coffin, LCSW, will also serve as a facilitator offering the perspective of a social worker.

“Postpartum mood disorders are often overlooked and left untreated due to the fear instilled by stereotypes and lack of support. Parents do not have to suffer alone.”

“Postpartum mood disorders are often overlooked and left untreated due to the fear instilled by stereotypes and lack of support. Parents do not have to suffer alone,” she said. “We are here to provide support, comfort, and shatter the silence. We want to help these families combat fear and the stereotypes that surround the many different postpartum mood disorders.”  The group will provide a confidential and safe place for moms, Kreitzer added.

“New moms are often challenged by the impact of a baby, including by postpartum depression, fatigue, anxiety, OCD and many other emotions and feelings,” she said. “It’s also helpful for moms to be able to meet and share their experiences with others. Social support is very beneficial in healing.”

The group is free to attend, meeting the first and third Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in Innovation Center Classroom C behind the Café at Twelve Hundred on Reid’s main campus at 1100 Reid Parkway. The first group meeting is Feb. 6.