crisis nursery's perinatal depression program
Perinatal depression affects one in every ten mothers. It can affect any woman, regardless of race, age, or income level. Oftentimes, there are certain risk factors at play, including:
• history of depression
• lack of social support
• instability in personal relationships
• financial concerns
• challenging life events happening near the time of the pregnancy or birth.
Perinatal depression is often confused with the baby blues because many of the symptoms are the same. However, symptoms of perinatal depression are felt more strongly and last longer than that of the roughly two week period of the baby blues. Some signs of perinatal depression are:
• persistent feelings of sadness
• irritability and anxiety
• uncontrollable crying
• fear of being an incompetent mother
• feelings of loneliness
• thoughts of harming the baby
• thoughts of death or suicide.
It is very important that if you are experiencing several of these feelings that you speak with someone about the warning signs. Reaching out for help can be a frightening and challenging thing to do, but Crisis Nursery will lend a hand without judgment to assist you through this difficult time.
Crisis Nursery is here to offer help for mothers at risk for perinatal depression throughout Champaign County in the form of our Beyond Blue Program funded by the Champaign County Mental Health (708) Board and community donations. We provide support to these mothers and their families in the form of support groups, parent/child interaction groups, crisis care, referrals to other resources, respite hours and home visits. For details about these different services, click here.
Crisis Nursery's staff is here to help you experience the joys of motherhood by helping you find effective ways to manage your stress and care for your baby. Please call 217-337-2730 for more information about our Beyond Blue program.
Beyond Blue Update - September 2013
We are so pleased to kick off the new fiscal year with some changes to program staff, exciting new activities for groups, and knowledgeable speakers on board to share with our moms! This year we have welcomed Allison Wiste Webb, former Beyond Blue Family Specialist, into the Assistant Director position here at the Nursery. This staffing change led to the movement of Ann Ambrose into the full-time Beyond Blue Family Specialist Position and Amanda Murphy into the part-time Beyond Blue Family Specialist position. These changes have brought about exciting new plans for the coming year.
We will begin with an 8-week maternal support group for mothers who are at risk for perinatal depression. This important piece of the Beyond Blue program works to ward off the isolation and loneliness that so often come along with perinatal depression. These groups are designed to provide support, education, and social interaction for the expecting or new mothers in our community. Through these groups, we are able to assist mothers in building a support system outside of Crisis Nursery.
We are very excited to be able to offer more speakers and innovative activities for attendees to learn from and enjoy than ever before. Susan Bane, a local Occupational Therapist trained in infant massage will be coming to share the benefits of infant massage and train mothers on how they can massage their babies. Shannon Morber, Childbirth Educator, will being coming to speak about the importance of sisterhood and caring for one’s self after delivering. We are also looking forward to having Allyson Ilardi of Sacred Pregnancy some to facilitate some relaxing activities for the mothers to benefit from.
As always, this program is free and open to women in Champaign County who are in need of support, education, and resources during pregnancy through the first year of their child’s life. This program is made possible by the Champaign County Mental Health (708) Board and the generous donors of our community. If you are interested in more information on the Beyond Blue program or perinatal depression please contact Ann Ambrose or Amanda Murphy at 217-337-2730.
Here is a testimonial from a Mother who uses Beyond Blue services:
"I wanted to tell you I am really enjoying hearing other mom's experiences in group. At first I was a bit uncomfortable, but now I just enjoy hearing what other mom's are talking about as we go around the circle. I learn so much from their wisdom. I appreciated hearing about medications and counseling tonight, as I am in counseling and on medication for depression. It helped to know other moms are doing the same thing and having similar side effects. It's really wonderful that I can bring my son to group and know that he is being cared for while I am taking care of myself. I can't thank you enough for hosting us and allowing me to join. It's really one of the best hours of my week. I look forward to it all day."