Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group

Because of the pandemic, we are now offering our Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group online from the safety of your home via Zoom. We welcome you to come join us in a virtual meeting – we use a corporate version of Zoom, which is secure, private, and HIPAA compliant! We meet every Sunday, 11 am – 1 pm.
 
•    Free
•    Open to the public

Once you register for the support group, you will receive a confirmation email. 

Register for the Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group
  
Did you know one in seven mothers feels sad and irritable during pregnancy or postpartum (after delivery), and fathers can feel down and anxious too? Inland cares about your well-being so we created the Tree of HOPE Support Group for perinatal mood disorders.

Postpartum depression, one type of a perinatal mood disorder, is more than just "baby blues" - it's a serious condition that mothers can experience after childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, the psychological transition to motherhood, and fatigue.

What are some signs to look out for?

  • Transition from partners to parents
  • Lack of interest in newborn
  • Anxiety
  • Nursing struggles
  • Poor self-care
  • Hopelessness/worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in regular activities
  • Isolation
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, sleep disturbances, (oversleeping, not sleeping at all)
  • Appetite changes, eating too much, not eating at all
  • Unexplained physical illness – chest pain, hyperventilation, GI upset
  • Guilt/shame
  • Anger/rage
  • Suicidal thoughts

If this sounds familiar, please contact your provider; Amanda Brown, RN; or Bridgette Gemelli. You are not alone and help is available. We can get you referrals to:

  • Resources
  • Primary Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Nursing

If you would like more information, please contact:

Amanda Brown, RN
Birthing Nurse
Maine State PSI (Postpartum Support International) Coordinator 
amandabrown@northernlight.org
1.857.203.0482

Bridgette Gemelli
Community Health Navigator
bgemelli@northernlight.org 
207.861.6091