A new support group at Eastern Maine Medical Center called Tree of HOPE (Healthy Outlooks on Postpartum Experiences) provides a safe place for new moms to listen, openly discuss challenges and gain education on postpartum experiences.
“Many new parents experience depression after childbirth, typically because the combination of hormonal changes, psychological transition to motherhood and fatigue is overwhelming,” Carol Giggey, a clinical nurse specialist on EMMC’s Women and Infant’s unit, said. “We want new moms to know that this is a common occurrence and joining this group with others who are living with postpartum depression can help tremendously.”
The new support group, modeled after the gathering at Inland Hospital in Waterville, meets from 9:30 to 11:30 each Monday at EMMC. No registration is required to participate in the free support group. For more information about the group call 973-8673.
Other Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems are hoping to begin offering this service to new mothers by starting additional groups throughout the state.