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Postpartum Adjustment Group

Hoag offers a Postpartum Adjustment Group for new mothers experiencing the baby blues, or are having difficulty adjusting to motherhood. This free ongoing group focuses on teaching positive coping skills and providing support and education. Risk factors and symptoms of postpartum depression are discussed, as well as strategies for successfully overcoming the new challenges of motherhood. The support group is facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and meets Mondays from 6–7 p.m. Babies and support persons welcomed! For more information, please call Hoag Babyline at 949-764-BABY (2229).

Mood Disorders during Pregnancy & Childbirth

Postpartum mood changes are common due to the significant hormonal changes that occur immediately following childbirth. In fact, approximately 80% of women experience the “baby blues” – a period of heightened emotional sensitivity and mild depression which occurs within the first 10 days after delivery and may last about 1-2 weeks.

Learn more about mood disorders during pregnancy.

Lactation Support

As a certified Baby Friendly Hospital, Hoag OB Education department strives to meet the needs of our expectant and nursing mothers. Hoag’s Breastfeeding Clinic and BabyLine are staffed by registered nurses certified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). For more information on Lactation Support Services. Download the PDF.

The New Mom School (formerly OC Mommy and Me)

A school for new moms and their newborns, this program plays a complementary and ongoing role in the health services received prenatally and from your health-care provider. Small classes, limited to 14 moms, are organized by your baby’s birth month to help navigate the realities of motherhood. Classes are a two-part series of 8 weeks each and begin when babies are approximately 3 - 5 weeks of age. It is recommended that moms register for classes while they are pregnant.

New mothers benefit from participating in these groups in a number of ways: by developing social networks and gaining self-confidence, all while acquiring additional relevant information on infant care and parenting. Research shows that ongoing support and education serves as an important provider of health function and transitioning to motherhood, especially with shifting family structures and communities.

For class details and to register, click here.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss

While there is no right or wrong way to grieve the loss of your baby, Hoag’s Pregnancy and Infant Loss resources may assist you in getting through this difficult time. Through our experience, we have found that it is helpful for parents to come to support groups (Perinatal Loss or Pregnancy After Loss) to be with other bereaved parents and share their story and feelings. For more information on our Infant Loss Support Group call the Hoag Baby Line 949-764-BABY (2229)