Online Resources

Can’t find someone close to home?  More comfortable using online resources?  Here are some good places to start:

  • Daily Hope is an inspirational weekday series of quotes and messages designed to provide gentle guidance through postpartum depression and/or anxiety.
  • Online PPD Support Group offers online moderated discussion forums about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Parents to Parents offers practical tips on how couples can strengthen their relationship when they are pregnant or have recently had a baby. Topics include staying connected, parenting as a team, managing conflict, and seeking professional help.
  • Postpartum Support International offers several great resources:
    • Chat With An Expert offers weekly phone-in sessions with mental health professionals.
    • A closed Facebook page with over 2,000 PMAD survivors and professionals.
    • Online support groups in both English and Spanish
  • Postpartum Progress provides several online resources:
    • Peer Support Forums offered regionally throughout the United States.
    • Smart Patients is an online community where women can learn from each other about recovery, treatments, the latest science, and how it all fits into the context of their experience in a private space where they can feel comfortable sharing openly.
  • Regroup Therapy provides individual therapy and group support via webcam.

Jane Honikman — noted author and speaker – is widely-recognized as the founder of the social support movement for women experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  Jane founded Postpartum Support International and the Postpartum Education for Parents in Santa Barbara, CA.

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The Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health is an international society for understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental illness related to childbearing.

 

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MedEdPPD was developed by the National Institute of Mental Health to provide education about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders for medical professionals as well as for women suffering perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and their families.

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is conducting a series of studies regarding the effects of hormones on women’s mood disorders, including studies of postpartum depression. To learn more, contact Annie Shellswick at 301-402-9207 or annieshellswick@mail.nih.gov. 

 

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Postpartum Progress is the most widely-read blog in the United States addressing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  Blogger Katherine Stone is widely-recognized as the best blogger on topics associated with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  Postpartum Progress is a great source for additional resources, research, and recommendations.

 

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Postpartum Support Internationals mission is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  PSI maintains a terrific list of books about pregnancy, motherhood, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. 

 

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Jenny’s Light is a non-profit organizaion whose mission is to improve and save lives by increasing awareness of all perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. PSVa received a $6,000 grant from Jenny’s Light in 2011 to help raise awareness and provide education about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

 

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