Maternal Depression

Maternal depression (clinical depression that occurs during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth) affects as many as one in eight new mothers. Maternal depression is not the same thing as the “baby blues;” it is an illness that requires medical care and can be treated successfully. This illness impacts not only the mother, but the husband/partner, the baby, and the entire family unit.

For more information, the National Institute for Mental Health provides extensive information about maternal/postpartum depression.

Postpartum Progress, a non-profit organization, also has information and links to resources.

 

Support Groups

Healthcare Alternative Systems Inc. (HAS)
Phone: 773-292-4242
HAS offers a community-based treatment program for maternal depression in the Chicago metropolitan area; provides services in English and Spanish.

 

PCC Family Health Centers
14 W. Lake St., Oak Park 60302
6201 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn 60402
Phone: 708-383-0113 / 708-386-0845
Breastfeeding Support Line: 708-524-7679, ext. 1 Both PCC locations offer lactation consultation and home visits, breastfeeding peer counseling program for PCC primary-care patients. Maternal depression support is available at both sites for PCC primary-care patients. Comprehensive health care for all ages, including prenatal care; accepts private insurance, Medicaid, All Kids, sliding fee scale discount program available for uninsured patients. Call for an appointment. Behavioral health services include family and couples counseling. In order to receive behavioral health services, you must be a PCC primary-care patient.

 

Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois Helpline
Phone: 847-205-4455

 

Voices for Illinois Children – Building Better Lives
Phone: 312-456-0600
Voices for Illinois Children works across all issue areas to improve the lives of children. Under “Get Involved” you can attend an event on maternal depression; under “Library” you can read/download publications pertaining to perinatal and maternal depression.