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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

One of the greatest ways to see the impact of Crisis Nursery’s Beyond Blue program is through the stories of the mothers who participate. We recently re-connected with Anna, a mom who participated in Beyond Blue a couple of years ago during her second pregnancy and throughout the first year of her son’s life. Her continued success shows the value this program adds to our community. 

Anna first learned about the Beyond Blue program from a caseworker assisting her with getting her WIC benefits. At the time, Anna was a proud mother to a three year old little girl, but she worried about her second pregnancy. Having just moved to town, she had a limited support network. Her husband worked a lot of hours, and Anna stayed home with their daughter. She wondered how she would manage with two young children, without the aid of her family nearby. With limited financial resources, Anna felt isolated and overwhelmed. 

Anna received weekly home visits from a Crisis Nursery Family Specialist, who provided support and helped connect Anna to other community resources. Through these connections, Anna began attending a regular “mom’s group” in the community, and she made some friends, which made her feel less alone. Anna’s Family Specialist also enrolled Anna’s daughter in a preschool program. Not only did preschool benefit her daughter, but it also gave Anna some time to herself to prepare for the new baby. 

When the baby arrived, Anna was surprised that her core emotions were anxiety and sadness, not excitement, like with her first child. After sharing this with her Family Specialist, Anna was encouraged to talk to her physician, who identified the signs as Post-Partum Depression. During their weekly home visits, Anna’s Family Specialist taught her about Post-Partum Depression and they explored different strategies that could help Anna feel better. Anna was linked up with a local counselor, and the family benefited from a regular respite at Crisis Nursery. She joined the Beyond Blue Support Group at Crisis Nursery, where she learned she wasn’t alone. 

After several months, Anna began to feel better. She had more energy to play with her children, and once again, she found joy in parenting. By the time her child turned one, she remarked that she felt more “like herself’. We recently reconnected with Anna at a community event and were pleased to learn that she and her family continue to do well.