In 2011 Postpartum Support International (PSI) declared May to be National Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. Since that time, many states, counties and communities have gotten on board and designated May as the time to promote awareness for perinatal mood disorders, which include postpartum depression and anxiety. For the third year in a row, Governor Rick Snyder has officially proclaimed the month of May, Postpartum Depression Awareness Month for the state of Michigan.
It is an honor to receive this sort of designation and an excellent way to bring attention to a struggle that effects so many. One in eight mothers and one in 10 fathers experience postpartum depression and/or anxiety (PPD) after the birth of child. Adoptive parents can also experience PPD. PPD is caused by a combination of biochemical and/or environmental factors. Just as every person is unique, each person may experience PPD in her own way. Symptoms will vary from person to person, but may include tearfulness, anxiety, sadness, depression, irritability, feelings of panic, insomnia, loss of appetite, and obsessive thoughts. The best way to combat this illness is to educate the community, raise awareness, and provide screening to identify those who may be at a higher risk.
Beaumont Health System is proud to be the first hospital in southeast Michigan to offer a program devoted to providing education and support regarding postpartum depression and anxiety. The Parenting Program’s Postpartum Adjustment Program is a lifeline to countless families struggling with PPD. Every mother who delivers within Beaumont Health System is screened for their risk factors for PPD. Education is provided in the hospital so parents will know what a normal adjustment looks like, and when to reach out for additional help. Women who are at a high risk for PPD receive additional follow-up after discharge, and Beaumont provides three weekly, free, postpartum adjustment support groups that are open to the community.
Postpartum depression/anxiety is the most common complication of childbirth. The Postpartum Adjustment Program has the tools and resources to help those affected by PPD who are in need of support and guidance. If you or someone you know is struggling with this illness, please feel free to contact us at (248) 898-3234 and/or attend one of our free groups.
Beaumont offers these free support groups for mothers and families who are experiencing PPD or any difficulty adjusting to the stresses of new parenthood. No registration is required to attend these groups, just come! Bring your baby if you would like, bring a support person if it is comforting to do so, or come alone. We are available to help! See below for days and times.
- Time: 7:00—8:30 p.m.
- Location: Troy Family Medicine Center at 44250 Dequindre Rd.,
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(Located on the East side of Dequindre, across from Beaumont Hospital, Troy, on the campus of the Beaumont Medical Center, Sterling Heights)
- Enter at the Atrium Entrance. Take the elevators to the left to the third floor. Exit to the right and immediately enter the glass doors to Troy Family Medicine. The classroom is to the left past the reception desk.
- Time: 10:00—11:30 a.m.
- Location: PNC Center, 755 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, 48084
(Located between Livernois and Crooks)
- Enter at the flag poles, 2nd floor, Community Education classroom. Suite 249
- Time: 7:00—8:00 p.m..
- Location: St. Joan of Arc Parish Center, 22412 Overlake Dr, St. Clair Shores
(Located north of 8 Mile Rd, east of Greater Mack)
For More Information
–Kelly Ryan, MSW, Parenting Program, Postpartum Adjustment Coordinator