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A sampling of programs across the country which seek to research, educate and support parents

Posted Jun 28 2009 10:14pm
Here's just a short list of programs and research in the world of postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders...
University Community Hospital is implementing a new program that will screen new mothers right after birth and offer support for those at risk. It’s a first of its kind program in Tampa Bay. Readers interested in following up with June Vinyard, RN, Women's Center PPD program, can call her at 813-615-7390.

A new Rochester, NY CCLC program called Mentor Moms that has grown out of the Community of Caring program and is looking for adult women mentors to provide support to pregnant women and new mothers in their teens and 20s. For details about Mentor Moms, call 585-658-4466.

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Chandler Marrs Ph.D of the Psychology Department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The purpose of this study is to examine the mood changes and psychiatric symptoms associated with postpartum.

Here's another UNLV study for men who are parents of young children.

In an effort to educate New Jersey women on the signs and resources available for treating postpartum depression (PPD) and other perinatal mood disorders, which can affect women before, during and after pregnancy, The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has produced a palm card to be distributed through beauty salons, YMCAs and Jewish Community Centers across the state.

Project Concern International is a San Diego-based health and humanitarian organization in which a CBHS project has enrolled nearly 300 women and assisted with 129 births. The CBHS project offers an intensive system of core services designed to reduce infant mortality and low birth weight, as well as increase the number of women accessing prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancies. These pregnant mothers are provided case management and support to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. In addition to the assistance of a doula, or birth coach, the project offers mothers and infants a continuum of care for up to two years after delivery. Women are also assessed and receive support for postpartum depression and domestic violence.

New mothers and pregnant women looking for support and camaraderie in Massachusetts are invited to a new, free drop-in postpartum support group being offered by Holyoke Medical Center. The MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group will be offered on an ongoing basis on Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. For more information call Lisa Pack, R.N., at 534-2700.

Participate in an exciting research study through FSU & UNC, Chapel Hill, which investigates a prevention program for postpartum anxiety and distress with at-risk moms!

And here's a link to information about the Atlanta Support Group.
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