Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (including postpartum depression) can occur anytime during pregnancy and/or during the first year after delivery.
Ten to 25 percent of mothers develop a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, making it the most common maternal health complication.
Hendricks Regional Health is facilitating a new postpartum depression support group that will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 1.
The Mommies Matter group will meet at HRH, in Building One, Suite 100, 998 E. Main St., Danville.
Symptoms of postpartum depression can include:
• Frequent crying or mood swings;
• Sleep or appetite changes;
• Feelings of loneliness, sadness, helplessness, worthlessness, or being trapped;
• Anger, frustration, irritability and fatigue;
• Anxiety, panic, excessive worry;
• Difficulty bonding with the baby;
• Fear of being by yourself or alone with the baby;
• Feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope; and
• Lack of interest in life, feeling “numb” or indifferent.
The Mommies Matter group is for mothers experiencing any of these symptoms.
The group is facilitated by trained nursing staff and participants can share and give support to others as they learn to find wellness again. HRH also offers a Warmline (Helpline) for mothers needing support at 718-4018 and a staff member will return any calls within 24 hours.