7/24/2015 3:18 PM
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.