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    Moms Support Circle

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC-OB Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital 04/25/2018

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    Why do I feel so lost and overwhelmed?  Why am I so nervous about my baby’s health that I can’t sleep unless someone is watching over him?  Why do I feel sad, disconnected, and like no one understands?  What is wrong with me?

    Due to hormone changes after pregnancy, it is common to feel some of the symptoms listed above. These feelings can be described as “the baby blues.”  After 2 weeks, you should feel mostly back to yourself, be able to cope with normal everyday activities, and care for yourself and your baby.  If you are struggling in your new role after this time period, your feelings are classified as a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD), and they will not go away unless treated.  Your first step is to call your health care provider and discuss your feelings.  He or she will help guide you in the next course of action.  Symptoms of a PMAD may also be felt during pregnancy.

    The Women’s Hospital would like to assist you in your recovery. After all, 1 in 7 women suffer from a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, so it very prevalent and nothing to be ashamed of.  Moms Support Circle is available to pregnant mothers and mothers with babies under one year of age who are interested in a free self-help support group.  Hosted the 1st Tuesday morning and the 3rd Tuesday evening of every month, trained nurse facilitators will be present as mothers discuss their thoughts and feelings with other mothers experiencing similar emotions.   The group is casual and small in size.  Infant under the age of 1 are welcome.  Each woman introduces herself and, if comfortable, tells a little of her story.  If you are not comfortable sharing, it is perfectly fine to just listen as well.  The focus of the group is on healing, acceptance, and starting/maintaining good self-care habits.  Confidentially is maintained at all times.  Though there may be a few tears, laughter, friendship, and understanding dominate the conversation, and many women feel energized and encouraged after a meeting.

    To see if you may be suffering from postpartum depression, take the online symptom assessment here. If you score between 10 and 30, you should consult with your doctor. You may be a good candidate for our Moms Support Circle.

    Please call 812-842-4275 for more information on how to get connected with Moms Support Circle, or visit our website at www.deaconess.com/calendar and type in keyword Moms Support Circle.

    As Postpartum Support International’s motto says, “You are not alone, you are not to blame, and with help you will get well.”  Moms Support Circle is a safe, nonjudgmental place to find support, hope, and encouragement.  Give it a try today!

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