Baptist Health Brings New, Free Support Groups to Our Community for Post-Childbirth Depression and Anxiety
March 27, 2012 | Jacksonville, FL
The number-one complication of childbirth is depression. One in 7 women experiences Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD), which was formerly known as postpartum depression.
The new term acknowledges many women also sufferfrom postpartum anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder, and that any of these disorders may occur during pregnancy or within the first year after the baby’s birth.
Until now, there have been very few resources for women in our community.
Beginning in April, Baptist Health will offer FREE community support groups open to any mother. The groups will be offered in Jacksonville, Macclenny and Fernandina (please see schedule below).
Baptist Health also will provide a comprehensive list of psychiatrists, physiologists and support for families.
In 2011, Baptist Health also started offering visits by a licensed mental health therapist to women who are in our hospitals for inpatient obstetric services. These visits continue to be offered every Tuesday.
A workshop sponsored by Baptist Health two years ago concluded new mothers in our area, especially those in military families, need such support. Statistics show 60 percent of military dependent wives or active duty personnel experience PMAD. This is different from the “baby blues,” experienced by 60 – 80 percent of new mothers. The baby blues is a reaction to fatigue and the tremendous hormonal shift following delivery, and symptoms disappear within two weeks.
PMAD can start anytime during pregnancy, and anytime during the year after the baby’s birth.
The new support groups are open to any women in the community. They will be facilitated by Baptist Health staff who attended Postpartum Support International’s advanced certification program, “Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care.”
“We are pleased to be able to support families byoffering this service, which is so clearly needed,” said Cicely Brooks, MSN, RN, C-EFM, nurse manager, Maternity Services, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.
Schedule of Free Support Groups for PMAD
4880 Big Island Drive at St. Johns Town Center
2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
1 – 2 p.m.
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
Howard Building, Suite 510
1st and 3rd Friday of every month
Noon – 1 p.m.
Baker County Health Department
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
3 – 4 p.m.
Berkman Building, 2nd floor multipurpose room
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month
10 – 11 a.m.
For more information or to sign up for these free support groups, please go to www.baptisthealth.eventbrite.com or call 904.202.3229.