~ The primary objective of this group is to provide evidence-based psychoeducationand emotional support to insure the well-being of new mothers ~
The Postpartum Stress Center is now offering our 4-week M.E.S.H. (Mothers Engaging to Stay Healthy) program online, designed to maximize a new mother’s adjustment to life with her baby, in a supportive group environment.
The philosophy of this program is based our knowledge that a woman is most at risk for emotional illness during and after pregnancy than at any other time in her life. We also know that in addition to this risk, the first postpartum year, under the best of circumstances can be overwhelming, exhausting, confusing, and exciting all at the same time. As a new mother, we know you will worry about your baby, your self, your marriage and your life, while you are learning how to manage and master this new challenge.
Women who connect with other women during this time of transition will develop greater confidence with less anxiety. Research has shown that mothers of young children who feel supported are less likely to report mental health problems.
The Postpartum Stress Center has been providing support, education and treatment for perinatal mood disorders for almost 30 years. We believe one of the best ways to secure a strong and healthy experience during or after pregnancy is to fortify your resources. You need good, accurate information. You need access to resources. You need support, both practical and emotional.
The Group Structure
The 4-week M.E.S.H. program promotes emotional health by providing a structured workshop aimed to deliver valuable information and guidance in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Together, you will learn creative strategies for navigating the transition into parenthood.
The program is faciliated by Hilary Waller, our Director of education and programming. She will cover eight (8) topics (modules) over the 4 week period.
At the beginning of each module, Hilary will post an article on a that particular topic. The Group will then be free to explore this topic together, share personal experiences and strategies, and raise questions for further consideration. Hilary will check in daily to meet with the group and moderate the discussion.
What You Need To Do
The 8 Modules
The Perfect Mother vs. The Good Enough Mother
Do you have a PMAD? Here’s how to tell and how to reach out for help
Decision Making with Anxiety
Co-Parenting and Conflict Resolution
Postpartum Sex & Love
Self Care is Not a Luxury
Strengths & Challenges
Finding the New Normal