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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.
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
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.
For more information, please contact:
UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center
2356 Sutter Street, 1st Floor