Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group

The Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group is temporarily postponed.

If you would like to be notified when we are meeting again, need more information, or have questions about perinatal mood disorders, please contact Bridgette Gemelli, community health navigator at (207)861-6091 or bgemelli@northernlight.org.

An excellent resource is Postpartum Support International (PSI), who we are affiliated with. Learn more at postpartum.net or call the PSI HelpLine at 1-800-944-4773.

Postpartum depression, one type of a perinatal mood disorder, is more than just "baby blues" - it's a serious condition that mothers can experience after childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, the psychological transition to motherhood, and fatigue.

What are some signs to look out for?

  • Transition from partners to parents
  • Lack of interest in newborn
  • Anxiety
  • Nursing struggles
  • Poor self-care
  • Hopelessness/worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in regular activities
  • Isolation
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, sleep disturbances, (oversleeping, not sleeping at all)
  • Appetite changes, eating too much, not eating at all
  • Unexplained physical illness – chest pain, hyperventilation, GI upset
  • Guilt/shame
  • Anger/rage
  • Suicidal thoughts

If this sounds familiar, please contact your provider or Bridgette Gemelli. You are not alone and help is available. We can get you referrals to:

  • Resources
  • Primary Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Nursing

Bridgette Gemelli
Inland's Community Health Navigator 
bgemelli@northernlight.org 
(207) 861-6091