As the Central New York leader in deliveries, with nearly 4,000 births annually, Crouse Health’s Kienzle Family Maternity Center, in partnership with our Spirit of Women program, has launched a no-cost outlet for ongoing support and awareness-raising activities that will help parents of new babies, as well as those dealing with perinatal depression. The stigma and judgment accompanying a diagnosis of perinatal depression makes it an under-reported illness and, consequently, under-treated.
The program is led by Nurse Practitioner Christine Kowaleski from Crouse Health. She is certified in family, neonatal and psychiatric care, and serves as the Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. For more information and to register for the group or a one-on-one session, call 315-470-7940.
You Are Not Alone Family Support Group
This group is open to any parent with a new baby, whether it’s your first, second or last. Moms, significant others and babies are welcome, regardless of where your baby was delivered.
The group meets every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Hal Welsh East Area YMCA, Towne Center, Fayetteville, NY.
The family support group offers peer support and Integrative Health methods to moms and families living with Perinatal Anxiety & Depression (PMADs). PMADs occur during pregnancy and well into the postpartum period.
This group is ideal for moms or pregnant women who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or maternal role transition. It is also ideal for moms or pregnant women with a history of anxiety and depression, and want to be proactive or preventative with current or future pregnancies.
Moms, significant others, and babies (in arms/car seats) are encouraged to attend the sessions. For parents with active toddlers (ones who don’t let parents sit still), child care is available at the Prime Time Center at the YMCA next door to the group session room.