Offered at Good Samaritan Hospital
(West Islip, NY) What should be the happiest time in a new mother’s life may instead lead to depression or anxiety. Perinatal mood disorder is the leading medical complication related to childbearing, affecting one of every 10 mothers during pregnancy and 1 of every 6 after delivery. The Mother’s Circle of Hope support group is offered by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for women experiencing pregnancy-related or postpartum depression.
These feelings may make women ashamed and cause them to hide their suffering from family and friends. However, it is important to talk to someone, whether it is a health care provider, family member or friend, and seek help. Getting treatment early is the best thing a mom can do for herself, her baby and family.
The Mother’s Circle of Hope meets once a week for 11 weeks to provide emotional support and information to women in the community. Participants learn about available treatment options, as well as the steps back to wellness in a supportive, caring environment. Attendees discover they are not alone and gain strategies to help cope with this experience and begin the road to recovery. Good Samaritan Hospital’s Perinatal Education Center provides educational and moral support to expectant couples, new parents and their families.
For more information about Good Samaritan’s Mother’s Circle of Hope support group, please call (631) 376-HOPE or e-mail email@example.com.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had nearly 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency department visits in 2011. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provided more than $43 million in community service and charity care in 2011. The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.