Almost 80 percent of new mothers go through the “baby blues,” and
one in eight women experience significant symptoms of depression after
giving birth. Our free, postpartum adjustment support groups are available on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Beaumont Children's award-winning Parenting Program
provides postpartum adjustment support and education to new parents
through experienced parent volunteers. The goal is to strengthen and
support families, because the complexities of postpartum issues are
real, common and treatable. New parents can count on accurate
information, current resources and continuing support for as long as
Is it the "baby blues"?
Between 70 and 80 percent of new moms experience mood swings,
tearfulness, lack of concentration, irritability and anxiety. These
feelings are caused by a major lifestyle change and by ups and downs in
hormone levels. Sometimes called the "baby blues," these postpartum
symptoms are common and usually disappear in about three weeks.
For 10 to 20 percent of moms, though, the anxiety deepens into
depression with mild to severe symptoms. Postpartum depression is a real
illness that responds well to treatment. Your doctor can help you find a
local support group, like the Parenting Program. The sooner treatment begins, the sooner a mother will start feeling better.
Even rarer, a new mom starts seeing things or hearing voices that are
not there. Thoughts of harming self, the baby or others may intrude.
This is called postpartum psychosis and is a medical emergency.
Immediately contact a health care worker, go to an emergency center, or
Find Caring Support for Postpartum Adjustment
Postpartum Adjustment Support holds weekly groups where new parents
can meet with other parents and a specially trained counselor. Becoming a
new parent can feel overwhelming, but no one needs to carry on alone.