What are some Postpartum support groups?
Postpartum support groups provide a valuable source of emotional support, guidance, and connection for new mothers.
Here are some types of postpartum support groups that you may consider:
- Local community support groups. Many communities have local support groups specifically designed for postpartum mothers. These groups often meet in person and provide a safe space for sharing experiences, asking questions, and receiving support from other mothers in similar situations.
- Hospital-based support groups. Some hospitals offer postpartum support groups led by healthcare professionals, such as nurses, lactation consultants, or social workers. These groups may focus on various topics, including breastfeeding, postpartum recovery, and emotional well-being.
- Online support groups. Online support groups provide a convenient and accessible way for new mothers to connect with others, especially for those who may have limited local resources or prefer the convenience of virtual interactions. Platforms such as social media groups, forums, and dedicated websites offer spaces for sharing experiences, seeking advice, and building a supportive online community.
- Postpartum depression support groups. Postpartum depression (PPD) support groups specifically cater to mothers experiencing PPD. These groups provide a supportive environment for sharing experiences, discussing coping strategies, and offering encouragement. They often include mental health professionals who can provide guidance and resources.
- Breastfeeding support groups. Breastfeeding support groups focus on providing assistance, education, and encouragement for new mothers who are breastfeeding or interested in breastfeeding. Additionally, these groups often have lactation consultants or trained breastfeeding counselors available to address concerns and provide guidance. For more, visit our blog, “Where can new, breastfeeding Moms seek support?“
- Single parent support groups. Single parent support groups cater to mothers who are raising their child as single parents. These groups offer a supportive community where single mothers can share experiences, seek advice, and find understanding among others facing similar challenges.
- Specific cultural or language-based support groups. Some support groups are designed to cater to specific cultural or linguistic backgrounds, creating a space where women can connect, share experiences, and receive support in their native language or within their cultural context.
To find postpartum support groups, you can consult with your healthcare provider, local hospitals or clinics, community centers, or search online for resources specific to your location or needs.
For Immediate Support
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help now and you’re in the USA, you can go to Crisis Text Line’s website at https://www.crisistextline.org/ To text with a counselor, and/or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 or 1-800-273 -TALK (8255) or go to their website: https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
The PowerMom platform invites pregnant people to collect and contribute important pregnancy-related health information through app-based surveys and wearable sensors. PowerMom Connect is a new, paid sub-study within the PowerMom platform. It is focused on supporting mothers during the postpartum period.