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Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group Starting Back Up

Date: 01/06/2022

The Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group at Northern Light Inland Hospital is starting back up! The group will meet online via Zoom meetings Sundays from 11 am – 1 pm. The support group is free and open to the public to support those who are experiencing perinatal mood disorders. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this support group, please encourage them to register or learn more at our web page –

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

For more information: 

Bridgette Gemelli
Community Health Navigator 

Amanda Brown, RN
Northern Light Birthing at Inland Hospital Nurse
Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group Facilitator at Inland Hospital
Maine State Postpartum Support International Coordinator

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