ppmd resources

This page was created for anyone who has been diagnosed with a Postpartum Mood Disorder (PPMD), believes they may be experiencing a PPMD, and for anyone who may have a loved one experiencing a PPMD. 

There are many wonderful websites, blogs and books available on healing from a PPMD. Here you will find some of the resources that I found helpful through my journey.


-Resources in Massachusetts- 


MotherWoman- 
MotherWoman supports and empowers mothers. They offer mothers groups and professional and facilitator training.



Postpartum Support International of Massachusetts-
PSI of Massachusetts is a volunteer organization of providers, survivors and other concerned individuals dedicated to the mission of PSI International. These support volunteers provide telephone and email support, information, and access to local resources.



-Online Resources-


Postpartum Support International- 800.944.4PPD (4773)
Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. They also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover.

http://www.postpartum.net/

Postpartum Support International Chat with an Expert- 

Postpartum Support International hosts free, live phone sessions every week, including Wednesday chats for moms and Monday chats for dads. During these sessions you can talk with a PSI expert about resources, symptoms, options and general information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders from the privacy of your own phone. Please click here for more information.


Postpartum Progress-
Postpartum Progress offers information on research, events, resources, and posts from others who have experienced a postpartum mood disorder. 




-Facebook-


Having a baby after a PPMD Support Group-

This is a closed group but you can request to be added. This group has been developed to support those that have experienced any sort of Postpartum/Postnatal Mood Disorder who are considering having, trying to conceive or pregnant with another baby.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/316213795134745/

Mama's Comfort Camp- 

A safe haven of self-kindness and sisterhood without "should"s. Join our secret facebook group (only members can read and post) to meet mothers from around the world supporting each other through the ups and downs of motherhood. It's a thing of beauty! You can ask to join on this page: Mama's Comfort Camp Facebook



-Books that I found helpful-

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood. 

"Scary thoughts are nearly universal in new moms but, sadly, are underidentified, undertreated, and widely misunderstood. This excellent book arms mothers and their families with the knowledge they need to understand these thoughts and manage their anxiety."- Pamela S. Weigartz, PhD


One Moms Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!  
Author Ivy Shih Leung shares her not-so-perfect road to motherhood in this book that is part memoir and part self-help guide, reflecting lessons learned in the form of helpful tips and information to empower readers on the biological and sociological roots behind postpartum depression (PPD). She also seeks to raise awareness of the myths of motherhood and the stigma of PPD that contribute to the silent suffering of many mothers, as well as the importance of adequate social support in the early postpartum weeks.

You can also find Ivy at: Ivysppdblog or on twitter: @ivyshihleung


What am I thinking? Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression

What Am I Thinking contains essential information for a woman and her family who plan on having another baby after a previous experience with postpartum depression. As these women know, planning another pregnancy can be a process filled with profound anxiety, indecision, fears, and self-doubt. What if I get depressed again? What if it's worse this next time? What if something terrible happens? What if I'm making a mistake? Filled with self-help strategies, current treatment recommendations, and practical advice, this book offers women the hope, confidence, and support they need to make this journey in spite of their anxiety. With this resource and available knowledge in hand, they are likely to feel more empowered, enabling them to proceed with confidence.


-Blogs that I found helpful-


All Work And No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something


Ivy's PPD Blog

Learned Happiness



Little Mama Jama


Not Just About Wee

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