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|A postpartum support group for new mothers
In this six-week series, new moms and their babies will gather to share their experiences and support one and other in the new days of parenting. Download 2014 flyer here!
During this group, participants will:
This group is facilitated by Melissa Whippo, LCSW, Social Worker at the UCSF Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood Assessment Clinic and Juli Fraga, PsyD, Psychologist specializing in perinatal wellness
Fee: $150 per series - Sliding Scale available based on need
The "Afterglow" is a postpartum support group for new moms with babies anywhere between the ages of 0-6 months. A 6-week series, this group deeply covers some of the most poignant topics that arise for women during the postpartum.
Is this a postpartum depression support group?
This group is especially for new moms who are struggling with perinatal mood concerns or struggling with the adjustment to motherhood.
Can I bring my baby to group?
Absolutely! Group participants are invited to bring their little ones.
Do I have to attend all 6 weeks?
While it is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged that participants sign up for the series. This is a way to immerse oneself in the experience and knowledge that will be provided during the group, but most importantly, a way to connect, over time, with the other group members.
Is this a therapy group?
While we will cover a range of therapeutic topics and teach some therapeutic tools for self-care and stress management, this is not a therapy group.
Will my insurance reimburse me for this group?
UCSF will not bill insurance for this group series, however, if you have a PPO insurance benefit, we can give you the CPT code so that you may file your own claim.
Week 1: The birth of a baby and the birth of a Mother
Role Transitions & the 4th trimester
Accompanied Reading: A Mother is Born, Gina Hassan, PhD http://birthways.org/tag/postpartum-the-fourth-trimester
Accompanied Reading: Attachment Angst? Pave A Path of Presence, Jessica Zucker, PhD
Week 2: An overview of postpartum mood/wellness
Education and information about PMDs/Baby Blues
Accompanied Reading: Postpartum Recession, Jessica Zucker, PhD
Importance of self-care & self-care techniques
Accompanied Reading: Incorporating Mindfulness Into Motherhood
Cassandra Vieten, PhD
Week 3: The "Good Enough Mother"
Realistic Expectations of Motherhood
Accompanied Reading: On Skipping Motherhood Perfection, Jessica Zucker, PhD
Self-Care, relaxation skills and stress management
Accompanied Reading: Lessons From My Daughter, Juli Fraga, PsyD
Week 4: The New Nest: From Partners to Parents
Communication with Partners/Family members: Creative ways to find time for couple/partner connection
Accompanied Reading: Emotional Aspects of Parenting, Showing CARE, Juli Fraga, PsyD & Melissa Whippo, LCSW
Week 5: Breastfeeding Concerns & Returning to Work
Accompanied Reading: "A Second Chance at Breastfeeding" by Kim Simon: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kim-simon/a-second-chance-at-breastfeeding_b_3041794.html
Accompanied Reading: "Six Tips for Dealing with Your Partner Returning to Work After Baby" by the Stir: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-stir/6-tips-for-dealing-with_b_2972742.html
Week 6: Choosing a ChildCare Provider
Becoming Attached, Robert Karen, PhD
Becoming the Parent You Want To Be, Laura Davis & Janis Keyser
Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety, Shoshana Bennet, PhD & Pec Indman, EdD, MFT
The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever, Daniel Stern, MD
Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, CNM
Mothering Without a Map, Kathryn Black
Parenting From the Inside Out, Daniel Siegel, MD & Mary Hartzell, MEd
For the iPhone, Mindful Pregnancy App developed by Nancy Bardacke, CNM from the UCSF Osher Center.