Support and Resources
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.
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.
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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,
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)