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Inland Announces New Support Group

Release Date: 07/20/2017

Inland Hospital is proud to announce a new support group to help women live their healthiest lives. The Tree of HOPE Postpartum Support Group emphasizes H.O.P.E. which stands for Healthy Outlook on Postpartum Experiences.
“The research shows that one in seven mothers feels sad and irritable during pregnancy or postpartum, and there is no resource in Central Maine to help, so we decided to organize a support group,” says Crystal Richard, Director of Women’s Health at Inland Hospital.
“Fathers can feel down and anxious too so the group will be open to new moms and family members,” notes Courtney Cook, RN, Director of the Birthing Center at Inland.
On Tuesday, August 22, at 6pm Inland will hold its first Tree of HOPE Postpartum Support Group informational meeting in the Medical Arts Conference Room (attached to Inland’s front entrance) to discuss:
  • the demand for a postpartum support group in Central Maine;
  • recognizing what perinatal mood disorders (postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis, &         OCD) look and feels like;
  • participant feedback about meeting times, days, location, and brainstorm topics of interest;
  • and the structure of the group.
Please contact Bridgette Gemelli, Community Health Navigator at 861-6091 or bgemelli@emhs.org if you are interested in attending or would like more information for someone you know.
Special Training
Cook, Richard, Gemelli, and Amanda Brown, RN, a nurse at the Birthing Center at Inland recently earned their certificates in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and will be facilitating the support group.