Counseling & Virtual Mental Health Support
Our team of counselors and our community-based peer support groups offer the support you need in pregnancy and as parents.
The early days, weeks and months of motherhood can be both joyful and overwhelming. Sharing the ups and downs with one another is the best way to heal and grow. Jamaa Birth Village has provides two great options to help you do just that.
Mental & emotional health care at Jamaa is two-fold including expert level Mental Health clinicians and free peer based mom to mom support groups.
Maybe some days you have great support, you feel like you can do it all, care for yourself & family, even make dinner and go out and enjoy life a bit. Maybe some days more than others, it feels like the world is crashing down with feelings of overwhelm and hopelessness, without the ability to carry out day to day tasks or to engage in things that typically bring you joy. Feelings like this can be some of the first signs of baby blues or a PMAD, which stands for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
PMADs are the most common complication of pregnancy and include depression during pregnancy, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders and postpartum depression (also called PPD), among others. PMAD's can show up during pregnancy and the first 2-years postpartum.
Black women are effected with PMAD's at a much higher rate than white women, and many times, cases of PMAD's are often underreported by Black women due to many social factors and barriers. We are here to make sure that you are honored, heard, listened to, acknowledged and cared for during every stage of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We are here to support you with your emotional and mental wellness and to prevent these issues if they haven't shown up yet.
How does mental health care and support work at Jamaa?
If you're a current Midwifery care client at Jamaa Birth Village's Equal Access Midwifery Clinic, mental-emotional health care with one of our expert counselors are apart of your care package. Our team will work with you in scheduling your first care appointment after your first Midwifery visit. You can choose to opt-out at anytime.
If you're not a current Midwifery client of Jamaa, and interested in exploring your options with one of our counselors, please contact us directly for availability and scheduling options.
Our virtual MOMS Group is a free peer support group for expectant and postpartum moms experiencing any form of baby blues, anxiety, overwhelm, and/or depression.
All moms are welcome, you don't have to be a Jamaa client, and registration is not necessary. Babies in arms and siblings are welcome. Trained postpartum peer coaches, moms, who have been there and have gone through these experiences already, lead the MOMS GROUP.
Together we learn and talk about: Caring for ourselves and our families, Family sleep and transitions, motherhood: the myth and reality, newborn and family nutrition, identifying your supports, siblings and the newborn family, diapering, baby wearing and attachment parenting, how every family is unique, boundary setting, Mommy anger and other taboo subjects, the new "normal" & effective communication.
Due to COVID-19, meetings will temporarily take place virtually. We meet the 1st and 3rd Monday mornings of each month from 10am - 12noon, and the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings of each month from 6 - 8 p.m.
Contact Kim at 314-768-6667 to get the details.
Led by trained postpartum peer coaches. In collaboration with SSM.