If you’re a professional who works with pregnant or new moms:

  • Complete this short questionnaire indicating your experience working with women struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and we will list you for free on this website as a resource for families searching for help.
  • Forward the questionnaire on to colleagues who may also wish to be listed.
  • Join the Santa Clara County Maternal Mental Health Collaborative by emailing Cheryl Hart at the Public Health Department at cheryl@supportingmamas.org. Meetings are held quarterly with providers from agencies and organizations across the county who work in maternal mental health.
  • Complete our Contact Us form if you would like your client to receive a call from us.

Refer clients to our support group

Refer your clients to our support group now, even before they tell you they are struggling. Moms may not disclose all their symptoms. But referring ALL moms to a maternal support group means that a mom who is suffering can get the help she needs to start recovering.

Our free English-speaking support group runs every Thursday from 10:00 am-11:30 am at Family Tree Wellness, 431 Monterey Ave, Suite 7, Los Gatos, CA. Pregnant and new moms with babes in arms are welcome to join. Parking, snacks, and tea are provided.

Our free monthly drop-in support group runs on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 7-8:30pm at Tiny Tots, 138 Railway Ave, Campbell, CA.

Here’s why it’s a great idea to bring this up to EVERY PREGNANT OR POSTPARTUM MOM who comes to see you:

  • Support groups don’t just help moms who are struggling; they may actually help prevent perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) by reducing isolation from the start. Having support is the top protective factor in preventing PMADs.
  • PMADs are common—about 20% of mothers will experience them. They are the number one complication of pregnancy, and even more prevalent in low socioeconomic communities.
  • PMADs have serious consequences—for parents and babies—if untreated. They can last longer than the postpartum year, can impair bonding, and increase the odds of child abuse and neglect. Babies of parents with untreated PMADs can be impacted by development, self regulation, and behavioral problems.
  • Make a point to refer moms experiencing challenges—like breastfeeding issues, a fussy baby, prior infertility, an unplanned C-section, or a complicated birth. These are red flags for perinatal struggles.
  • PMAD support groups are effective in reducing PMADs up to 59%. They improve a mother’s perception of their baby and their parent-child interactions.
  • Support groups help by

    Reducing isolation, which is a leading cause of PMADs.
    Offering education about PMADs.
    Providing referrals to higher levels of care.
    Addressing ways to minimize demands that can worsen psychiatric symptoms, such as lack of sleep and self-care.
    Normalizing difficulties of early parenthood in a non-judgmental space.
    Decreasing child abuse and neglect.