Postpartum Resources

psi-logoPostpartum Support International’s mission is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Postpartum Stress Center has served women suffering postpartum depression for over 20 years.  Founder Karen Kleiman has written several excellent books about postpartum depression, including:

Mass-General-logoMassachusetts General Hospital’s website about postpartum depression, which includes general information as well as discussions about medication during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Postpartum Dads is aimed at helping families overcoming postpartum depression by providing firsthand information and guidance through the experience of postpartum depression.

Postpartum-momPostpartum Progress is the most widely-read blog in the United States addressing postpartum mood disorders. is a Web site developed with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health  to provide education about postpartum depression.  The first section is for medical professionals while the second section is for women suffering postpartum depression and their families.

pppPPD Online Support Page is an online group offering information, advice, and assistance to those dealing with postpartum mood disorders, their families, friends, physicians, and counselors.

The National Institutes of Mental Health are conducting a series of studies about postpartum depression.  Contact Annie Shellswick at 301-402-9207 or email for more information.

fitmonStroller Strides is a national exercise program for mothers and their babies.  Instructors are trained in postpartum depression and the benefits of exercise on mood.  Classes are held throughout Virginia.

jennyslightlogoJenny’s Light is a non-profit whose mission is to improve and save lives by increasing awareness of all perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Jenny’s Light provides grants to organizations like PSVa to help raise awareness and provide education. PSVa received $6,000 from Jenny’s Light in 2011 to fund an educational and outreach program aimed at improving provider capacity to recognize and treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders at two hospitals in Northern Virginia.

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