Eastern Maine Medical Center Announces New Postpartum Support Group


iStock-626854098.jpg(Bangor, Maine) – Studies show that one and seven new mom’s faces postpartum depression, a condition occurring after childbirth. A new support group at Eastern Maine Medical Center called Tree of HOPE (Healthy Outlooks on Postpartum Experiences) provides a safe place for new mom’s to listen, openly discuss challenges, and gain education on postpartum experiences.

“Many new parents experience depression after childbirth, typically because the combination of hormonal changes, psychological transition to motherhood, and fatigue is overwhelming,” explains Carol Giggey, RNC, MSN, clinical nurse specialist on EMMC’s Women and Infant’s unit. “We want new moms to know that this is a common occurrence and joining this group with others who are living with postpartum depression can help tremendously.”

This support group, modeled after the gathering at Inland Hospital, meets every Monday from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Eastern Maine Medical Center. No registration is required to participate in the free support group. For more information about the group please call 973-8673.

Other member hospitals at EMHS are hoping to begin offering this service to new mothers by starting additional groups throughout the state.