With the amount of national and statewide progams online, searching for support after baby arrives can be overwhelming. Below are virtual and in-person resources for postpartum moms and dads in Chicagoland:
Postpartum Mental Health Support: Perinatal Mood Disorders are the most common complication of pregnancy, with 1 in 7 mothers experiencing postpartum depression. Fathers and partners can also experience postpartum issues, called Paternal Post Natal Depression, and early intervention is key in helping parents' mental health.
- Postpartum Support International (PSI), Illinois Chapters - PSI has free support meetings at 11 area medical centers, hospitals and private facilities throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Chapter leaders can also be contacted via email.
- Healthcare, Crisis and Telephone Support - Listing of resources such as the Fussy Baby Network and Crisis Nursery, for families with immeidate needs.
Twins, Triplets and Higher Order Multiples: For parents expecting more than 1 baby at a time multiples clubs are a fantastic source of advice from "been there, done that" parents.
- Multiples of Illinois, (also known as the Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins) - Local chapters in Cook County, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Peoria Counties and more. There is a club for you now matter what town you live in!
Breastfeeding Support: Perhaps the best known resource for nursing help is La Leche League International (LLL) and that reputation is well earned as LLL has been helping moms and consulting with medical professionals parents since 1956.
La Leche League of Illinois offers in-person meetings, breastfeeding cafes and virtual support. They have email and phone support as well as in person meetings open to all who are nursing, feeding human milk or support nursing. Meetings are led by accredited Leaders who are also experienced breastfeeding parents.
Dad's Support Groups: Chicago Dads Group is a place for Chicagoland dads to form networks of friends and resources to support each other in becoming the best fathers they can be. Not only do they have Meetup events but they also have a blog and podcast.
General Support: Chicago New Moms Club- Find your fellow neighborhood parents with newborns, infants and toddlers the same age as your own kids!