You don’t have to do it alone. There are resources to help you learn, talk it out or just have some down time. Support groups act like pressure valves, offering a space to vent and learn how others have dealt with the issues you’re facing.
Here are some of the best in the area.
SHARE YOUR STORY
"Share Your Story is community of people who know what it means to face uncertainty and fear at a time when most people hope to experience only bliss. Maybe you’re pregnant, and have a million questions about what to expect. Maybe your baby is in the NICU right this minute. Maybe you’re a new parent learning how to care for your baby and yourself at home. Maybe you’re a grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend who is looking for ways to support a new mom and dad navigating parenthood"
""Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization has helped parents connect and grow as they begin their journey into parenthood. PEPS parent support programs educate, inform and create community.
PEPS Programs/ Groups: Connecting the Expecting, Newborn, Second Time Around, Baby Pepper, Parents of Adolescents and Teens"
PREGNANCY and INFANT LOSS SUPPORT GROUPS
"PSI offers several different support groups for those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. Led by PSI trained facilitators, these groups help bereaved parents find support, useful information, and resources to help them navigate the emotions of their loss. Losing a baby can be a lonely experience and these groups help provide an avenue for connection with others"
SUPPORT for PERINATAL (Pregnancy and Postpartum) MOOD and ANXIETY DISORDERS
Perinatal (Pregnancy & Postpartum) Mood Support for Moms
Black Moms Connect
Birth Trauma Support
Dad Support Group
Desi Chaat: A support group for South-Asian moms
Military Moms - Perinatal Mood Support Group
Mental Health Support for Special Needs and Medically Fragile Parenting
Pregnant and Postpartum Parents of Multiples
Queer & Trans Parent Support Group
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
These groups offer parents a place to think about and process their experiences as new parents. Examples of this include common new parent experiences such as changes to our identity, changes in our relationships with our partner and community, the real impact of sleep deprivation, feelings regarding our birth, and expectations about how we thought this period in our lives would be"
PSW WARM LINE Call or text today, 1-888-404-7763
"This Warm Line was started by parents who never wanted another parent to feel alone and not know what to do. The Warm Line offers free telephone support for all parents and their family members. The line is staffed by parents who have experienced a perinatal mood and/or anxiety disorder and have recovered fully or licensed therapists with specialized training in perinatal mental health.
PREMATURE INFANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
"The National Coalition for Infant Health is a collaborative of professional, clinical, community health, and family support organizations that uses education and advocacy to promote patient-centered care for premature infants and their families. NCfIH envisions safe, healthy infants whose families can access the information, care and treatment their babies need"