ABOUT POSTPARTUM SUPPORT CENTER
What is the PPSC?
The Postpartum Support Center is a community-based, peer-run, and peer focused nonprofit organization founded in Marin County, California. Our purpose is to provide a support system to new parents and families in need. Our main goals are to help new mothers navigate the postpartum period, reduce parental stress, and build effective support systems. With the help of the PPSC, new mothers are no longer alone in their struggles. We serve the perinatal population in Marin and Sonoma counties.
Making A Meaningful Impact Together
Our mission is, above all, to promote the mental health and well-being of expectant and new mothers and families by providing them with a comprehensive support system. We strive to bridge the perinatal mental health treatment gap by normalizing and destigmatizing perinatal mental disorders.
Our vision is to cultivate a supportive, stigma-free community for new mothers and families. We believe that all mothers and families deserve access to high-quality care, information, and resources.
The Postpartum Support Center works with hospitals, local organizations, social workers, volunteers, and other partners to enhance the way expectant and new mothers, and families navigate the postpartum period. Our programs provide support to new parents who need additional social support, information, and resources.
HOW DO WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
New parents often have difficulty in finding the help they need. They may not have adequate access to social, emotional, practical, or informational support. At the PPSC, we provide new parents with all of this—and in the context of a supportive community.
We offer all of our programs free of charge. Our core programs include Support Line, Postpartum Support Groups, Mom to Mom Peer Counseling, Information, Resources & Referrals, You've Got This Care Packages, and Helping Hand Cleaning Certificates. We offer peer support via groups, phone calls, texts, chats, emails, and face-to-face.
We do not offer crisis management services. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For additional safety information, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
HOW DOES THE PPSC HELP?
WHO WE ARE
Postpartum Support Center (PPSC) uses an evidence-based peer model of care to connect expectant and new mothers (pregnancy through child’s third year) and their families with the resources needed to recognize, treat and recover from maternal mental health challenges.
As the first and only organization to provide peer-based mental health support in Marin and Sonoma counties, the PPSC has grown to play a critical role in our communities’ maternal and family health systems.
We believe in the power of the shared perinatal experience in helping women to overcome the challenges of pregnancy and new motherhood.
All our peer support services are free.
WHAT WE DO
The PPSC aims to help expectant and new parents navigate the perinatal period, reduce parental stress, and build effective support systems, particularly when confronted with considerable barriers to mental health treatment including long wait times and high costs.
Peer support reduces stigma, alienation, and
shame-based thinking, and it fosters hope,
baby-bonding, and overall well-being. All PPSC programs champion the critical role that peer support can provide to parents with perinatal mental health challenges.
PPSC focuses on eliminating stigmas surrounding postpartum struggles and building strong support teams so that families can flourish during and after a time of major transition.