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Postpartum mental health support

The changes you experience during pregnancy and after delivery can cause feelings of sadness, loneliness and loss of identity. But you are not alone. We offer resources and support that can help.

Feeling off? Hormones take time to regulate after childbirth. Remember, your well-being is just as important as baby’s. Access our video series The Fourth Trimester: Navigating Your Postpartum Recovery to learn more about what to expect physically, mentally and socially during the first 3 months after childbirth.

Find other resources below to help get the support you need.

Join a support group

You are not alone. Connect with others on the postpartum journey by joining any of our virtual support groups. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you delivered at a Sharp hospital. 

Find a therapist

Talking to a mental health professional can help you manage your stress, anxiety, depression and other interpersonal issues that are making it hard to cope right now. There are several ways to find the right therapist for you.

  • Call the number on the back of your health insurance card and request a list of in-network behavioral health providers

  • Visit your health plan’s website and search for behavioral health providers covered by your plan

  • Visit Postpartum Health Alliance and search for providers by zip code or insurance accepted (e.g., Blue Shield, Cigna, etc.)

Sharp Rees-Stealy patients:

If you are struggling to get help or feel like you need additional support accessing resources, ask your doctor about speaking with a Sharp Rees-Stealy social worker. Our master-trained social workers can provide valuable guidance in your postpartum journey.

Maternal Mental Health Program

This intensive outpatient program provides comprehensive, specialized care in a safe, respectful environment for people who are pregnant or postpartum and experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). These conditions include perinatal and postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychosis.

This program includes:

  • Education and treatment

  • Group therapy

  • Individual counseling and support

  • Assessment by a specialized psychiatrist and nurse practitioner

  • Medication management

  • Hybrid in-person and virtual therapy

Learn more about the Maternal Mental Health Program.

Experience our postpartum classes and support groups

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