Postpartum Support Center is focused on providing programs and services that focus on the wellbeing of mothers, fathers and their support teams while promoting awareness and prevention of Perinatal Mental Health Disorders. We provide the following services through our programs:
PPSC’s Core Programs and Services
The PPSC aims to help new mothers 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. Services offered in English and Spanish include:
● Mom to Mom Peer Counseling. Who can better understand perinatal struggles than a woman who has experienced them herself? Our trained volunteers are passionate about providing individualized assistance to all mothers and their support teams. Peers model recovery, teach skills, and offer support via email, phone, text, chat, and in-person.
● Postpartum Peer Support Groups. The transition to motherhood can be stressful, but mothers don't have to go through it alone. Led by trained peers, our online weekly drop-in Postpartum Support Groups are focused on providing emotional and social support, information, education, and practical help. New members are always welcome.
● Support Line 415-326-3623. When a person calls or texts the Support Line, PPSC trained peers will listen, provide emotional support, and connect them to local high-quality treatment providers when needed.
● Marin Diaper Bank - baby essentials for families in need. Diapers are a significant expense, calculated in major monthly costs along with food and rent. No parent should have to make the choice between diapers or food! We are proud to start the first diaper bank in Marin County, and can now provide families with diapers, wipes, and other baby supplies. Our goal for this program is to help prevent mental and physical health consequences in both parents and children by providing monthly diaper/wipe supplies to low-income families.
● The ROSE Program (Reach Out, Stay Strong, Essentials for mothers of newborns) is a program taught in prenatal settings. Through four 90-minute sessions, the program teaches pregnant women to recognize the signs of depression and how to reduce stress by seeking social support, finding a network of friends and family members, and knowing where to go for help. ROSE is the only evidence-based postpartum depression prevention intervention program that has shown to reduces the risk of postpartum depression in low-income women by half.
*This program starts in January 2021.
● Self-Screening Assessments. PPSC’s website offers online, anonymous self-screening tools for Postpartum Depression (PPD), Postpartum Anxiety (PPA), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Compassion Fatigue. Those who score in the higher ranges are encouraged to utilize PPSC as a resource and are provided with recommendations to speak to their healthcare providers.
● Advocacy. PPSC advocates for quality, timely, and affordable maternal mental health care.
*The services below are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
● “You’ve Got This” – care packages. PPSC provides care packages filled with mother’s self-care essentials as well as educational material for partners and helpers to better understand and support new parents.
● “Helping Hand” – cleaning certificates. PPSC partners with local cleaning businesses and offers house-cleaning gift certificates–up to 3 per family in the first 3 months postpartum.
Note: 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.