Perinatal support group to meet online on Sundays

The Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group, located at Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville, is scheduled to meet online via Zoom from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday.

The support group is free and open to the public to support people who experience perinatal mood disorders, which can occur during pregnancy and throughout the first year after pregnancy.

Postpartum depression, a type of perinatal mood disorder, is a serious condition that mothers can experience after giving birth, usually resulting from a combination of hormonal changes, the psychological transition to motherhood, and fatigue. , according to a press release on the support group.

Signs to look out for include transition from partner to parent, lack of interest in newborn, anxiety, breastfeeding difficulties, poor self-care, hopelessness/uselessness, loss of interest for regular activities, isolation, fatigue, exhaustion, sleep disturbances (excessive sleep). , not sleeping at all), changes in appetite, eating too much or not eating at all, unexplained physical illness (chest pain, hyperventilation, gastrointestinal disturbances, guilt/shame, anger/rage and suicidal thoughts.

Those who know someone who could benefit from this support group are asked to encourage them to sign up or learn more at

For more information, contact Bridgette Gemelli, Community Health Navigator, at [email protected] or 207-861-6091.

People can also contact Amanda Brown, RN, Northern Light Birthing at Inland Hospital Nurse, Tree of HOPE Perinatal Support Group facilitator at Inland Hospital, Maine State International Postpartum Support Coordinator at [email protected] or 857-203-0482.

Virginia S. Braud