For these individuals dealing with postpartum emotional complications, loss, infertility, parenting challenges—and so many more issues—a support group can be a lifeline.
The mere act of being in a room with others fights that isolation. In a group, you hear that others have said/thought/felt/done similar things. They nod, they pass the tissues, they laugh with you, and their eyes tear up because they recognize your story. Sometimes you have the perfect resource or a "been there done that" to share that helps someone else. Sometimes you just want to go to report a great success. You can leave a support group more confident, less alone, with a tiny bit less stress, with an idea to implement, simply lighter after a good cry or a vent or a laugh. You can find solace in a group.
- For a group addressing postpartum depression, anxiety, or adjustment challenges, Postpartum Support International can be a good place to find a group in your state.
- Resolve offers infertility support groups nationally.
- For pregnancy and infant loss support groups, Share has chapters in most states. In Massachusetts, Hopeful Connections, also lists groups across the state.
- Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts offers parent support groups to "express frustrations and concerns about their children and families and get advice from other parents who understand."
- For information about the groups I'm currently running, look here.