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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 Program Update

Fiscal Year 2017 First Quarter Update

For me, there is nothing like being present for the lifting of the fog that is Postpartum Depression.  It is like watching a dimmer switch being slowly turned all the way up or watching a fast motion video of the opening of a flower bud.  Suddenly there is light and beauty where there wasn’t before.  Tears, frustration, and distance turn to smiles, competence, and bonding.  These aren’t the measurable benchmarks of the Beyond Blue program, but they are the results are the reason we do what we do; they are the most treasured moments of my work day.

 Last month the mother whose cloud has just lifted came to her first support group in tears.  She was ashamed for the relief she felt when she was told that staff could watch over her baby while she participated in the meeting.  She was terrified to share that she could barely make herself get out of bed to feed her baby in the middle of the night and was not feeling attached to her.  She wondered when the feelings of love between a mother and a child she had heard of would come to her. 

After therapy, medication, exercise, respite, family support, and active in engagement in all of the programming Beyond Blue offers she has begun enjoying her time with her baby.  She laughs and smiles with her.  Now she doesn’t want to return to work, not because she isn’t up to it, but because she doesn’t want to be separated from her baby.  Best of all, her baby is so very in love with her mama.  Watching her light up when she hears her mother’s voice or looks into her face is breath taking.  Having a new baby is rough and there is work to be done, but the health of this family has taken a huge turn for the better and I couldn’t be more happy for them.

- Ann Ambrose, Family Specialist