ANXIETY and DEPRESSION
1 in 5 new or expectant mothers will experience anxiety or depression, making these illnesses the MOST COMMON complication of pregnancy and childbirth.
In the United States, most new mothers are far away from their own mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins -- leaving them isolated and alone, which can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and depression.
At Postpartum Support Virginia, we have created a group model that provides much-needed support and connection for new and expectant mothers that is low-cost, community-based, and easily replicated. We launched our first group in 2005; we've learned man lessons about running groups and have refined our model based on experience. We now provide 20 groups throughout the state.
Our support group model provides much-needed validation, normalization, and hope for recovery. Our support groups are
- FREE, easily accessible, on-going, and drop-in
- peer support groups that provide psycho-social support
- located in hospitals
This model works because it minimizes barriers to care, utilizes a team approach, and is hospital-based, offering groups at times and locations accommodating to new mothers and their infants.
PSVa's support group model was recently featured by the 2020MomProject in its "Models That Made It" category.