Baptist Health offers new postpartum depression support groups

UPDATE: For the latest information on Baptist’s postpartum support groups, please click here.

New moms now have a community resource to help them cope with the depression and anxiety they may feel after giving birth. Baptist Health launched free support groups this month for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder — formerly called post-partum depression.

The groups will be held twice a month at four different locations throughout Northeast Florida: two in Jacksonville, one in Fernandina Beach and one in Macclenny. For more information or to sign up for these free support groups, please go to www.baptisthealth.eventbrite.com or call 904.202.3229.

According to the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Survey (PRAMS), 21 percent of mothers in Northeast Florida experienced depression for two weeks or more during or following their pregnancies.

The classes are free and open to all women in the community. They will be facilitated by Baptist Health staff who attended Postpartum Support International’s advanced certification program, “Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care.”

Group schedule:

  • Jacksonville: Destination Maternity, 4880 Big Island Drive at St. Johns Town Center. 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Jacksonville: Baptist Medical Center — Downtown, Howard Building, Suite 510. 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Macclenny: Baker County Health Department 480 W. Lowder St. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Fernandina: Baptist Nassau, Berkman Building, 2nd floor multipurpose room. 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 10 – 11 a.m.