We are a peer-to-peer group offering a safe, judgement-free space for women to talk about the emotional challenges associated with pregnancy and early parenting. Our goal is to provide a group that can be a complement to your perinatal journey. We also provide lists of resources from nanny services to mental health therapists.
Explore our site further to find meeting times and learn about resources in the area. If you’re in search of a therapist, contact us at madisonpostpartumpeers at gmail dot com for an up to date list of local providers. You can also sign up for email updates and meeting reminders here.
We also provide information on PMADs to care providers, including handouts and other materials. To receive that information, send us an email at madisonpostpartumpeers at gmail dot com or sign up for our newsletter here.
What do you mean by “challenges?”
Exhaustion. Anxiety. Baby Blues. Stress. Depression. A woman who is expecting a child will likely feel one or more of these emotions during pregnancy and up through the second year of baby’s life (including adoptive parents). Statistically, we know that 80% of women suffer from “baby blues,” while around 20% could be diagnosed with postpartum depression.
The truth is that being a mother is a huge shift! It changes your body and your life, whether it’s your first child or one of many. Difficult feelings can arise during pregnancy or after the child arrives. Research shows that social support is a huge factor in helping women welcome a child in full health. If you feel like you could use some extra support, consider attending a meeting. They’re free and drop-in, and babes in arms are welcome.
In Spring of 2013, Madison Postpartum Peers hosted an hour of radio on WORT. We featured moms discussing their experience of postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as the viewpoints of two clinicians who specialize in maternal mental health. You can listen to our discussion (which includes two of our facilitators) here: