Free Perinatal Family Support Group

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.

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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 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.

The group meets at the following times/locations:

  • Every Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road. For parents with active toddlers, we do not have onsite childcare available, but the room is child-friendly. The library does have activities independent of our group, just before our group time. Click here for their activity schedule.
  • Every other Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Avenue. Parking is free and is directly under the building. Babies in arms, car seats/strollers are welcome. At this time we are unable to accommodate active toddlers at this location.

No worries if you are running late, we’d rather you join us.

If you have any questions, please call 315-470-7940.


Click the image of Emily Smyth, with daughter, Harper, to read about her experience with PMAD.

Learn more about the Perinatal Family Support Program