I have a friend with a newborn son who lives right outside Boston. She has developed PPD and is struggling at the moment, and has little in-person support. Does anyone know of any good resources in the area? She is nervous about confessing her feelings to her doctors because she's afraid of losing the baby (although I don't think she's at the point of needing hospitalization or anything - still, it's a fear of hers.) Maybe there are some good support groups? Or maybe someone on here might even be able to lend her a helping hand just through the roughest times? I wish I lived closer to her but unfortunately am too far away to help out. Thanks for your time!
Boston area mamas - urgent help needed
Jewish Family and Children's Services runs a PPD support group that is fantastic. It was the only one I found when I had PPD a few years ago. It's an organization that provides services to everyone (and there's no religious agenda whatsoever). They meet in Waltham. Here's a description:
Here's more about all their PPD offerings:
And here's another link with lots of phone numbers to call, free home visits, phone consultations, etc.
I hope your friend is doing okay. PPD is something that providers should be looking for and her fear about them taking the baby from her is understandably frightening, however, doctors want to help the mother and infant and separating is the last thing that should happen. She should ask help from her dr, her child's pediatrician, her midwife or ob, a doula, or a nurse that is a maternity/postpartum provider, or a another provider familiar with PPD. Even a place like ISIS (a local parenting center/store) may have resources or support groups.
There are many PPD peer- supports available, but immediate help from a professional is really important - they can help her determine if it is a more normal baby blues or more severe, plus give ideas for support- such as a visiting nurse or even a post-partum doula. Here's another good resource: http://www.postpartum.net/
Let her know there are so many women that suffer through this and when they found help they felt so much better. It is quite common, unfortunately, and I hope she can get some support.