Episode #50: In this episode, we’re joined by Laura Vollset & Maggie Muir to discuss Perinatal Depression & Anxiety (PPD). . While this is one of the most common complications of pregnancy, it is often unrecognized and under-diagnosed. Laura shares her experience of having had debilitating PPD after the birth of her twins. She sought treatment, found support, and wended her way to back to wellness and joy in parenting. Maggie Muir, a Licensed Psychotherapist, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Perinatal Support Group Leader describes what PPD is, who is at risk, and how and where mothers and family members can get help. Maggie shares up-to-date information about comprehensive treatment approaches that reduce risks for mothers and babies. We also hear from a woman who suffered from debilitating PPD that went untreated for far too long.
Broadcast 1/1/23 & 1/9/23
Special thanks to Jeanne Baldzikowski for audio production, Lisa Herendeen for advance research and Leslie Nielsen and Patrice Vecchione for “In Your Voice” Coordination. And thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating the use of our theme music.
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* Virtual Postpartum Wellness Support Group
Mondays 10-11:30 through Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center
This support group is for any mother who has concerns about her well-being postpartum and is open to all mothers in Santa Cruz County regardless of where you gave birth. The group is led by Sutter lactation staff and experienced therapists. The group provides emotional support, tools for calming your nervous system, education, advice and resources to promote wellness in the postpartum period. The group is currently offered virtually and free. For more info, please call: Sutter Lactation (831) 477-2229
* Nursing Mothers Counsel — Offering phone and online support in Santa Cruz County and beyond.
- free phone consultation for urgent help with breastfeeding
- free online non-urgent lactation support with peer breastfeeding counselors
- low-cost, hospital-grade pump rentals and supplies
* The Circle Family Center — Serves new and expectant families in Santa Cruz County by offering support groups, classes and workshops to support families as they navigate pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting. Phone: (831) 687-9499
* Speak Up Santa Cruz — This is the website of the Perinatal Mental Health Coalition of Santa Cruz County. It contains resources and information in English and Spanish for families navigating their way to wellness, healing from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Postpartum Support International
Website and warmline are both in English and Spanish. The PSI website contains comprehensive information and resources for mothers and families healing from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This warmline can be a lifeline for a new mother and her family.
* Santa Cruz Birth Network — Website includes comprehensive listing of Santa Cruz resources for new families: postpartum doulas, holistic care providers, yoga and more.
* Santa Cruz Parents of Multiples (formerly Santa Cruz Mothers of Twins Club) — A place to get support, make new friendships and connect with other parents of multiples.
Mama’s Comfort Camp – A free emotional support network community that also offers a private Facebook with a focus on self-kindness, self-care, and everything that gets in the way. Request to join the private Facebook group here.
Perinatal Trained Care Providers:
Perinatal Mental Health Provider Directory hosted by Postpartum Support International hosts a listing of mental health providers who specialize in perinatal care by zip code.
* Genine Leighton LMFT, Licensed Psychotherapist
* Lauren Reppy, MA, LMFT, PMH-C, Licensed Psychotherapist and a certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist (PMH-C)
Phone: (831) 216-6522
* Jenny Putt, Physical Therapist. Offering an array of services for both pregnancy and postpartum and perinatal fitness.
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* Shine a Light Counseling Center – Shine a Light provides affordable counseling for couples, individuals, children, and families in English or Spanish in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.
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