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Support Helpline

  • Postpartum Support International Helpline  (800) 944-4PDD(4773)


Websites


Books

  • Life Will Never Be The Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide by A. Dunnewold, PhD
  • This Isn’t What I Expected by K. Kleiman, MSW & V. Raskin, MD
  • Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood by K. Kleiman, MSW & A. Wenzel
  • The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression by K. Kleiman, MSW
  • The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions and Compulsions by P. Wiegartz


Articles


Downloadable Handouts & Brochures

Useful Perinatal Support Resources

Having a baby or new addition to the family is generally thought of a time of nurturance, sweetness, and tender moments.  This is not the case for every woman or family.  This is a vulnerable time. Chartreuse Center accepts your sentiment with an open heart and without judgement.  There are significant thought and emotional changes through the changes of treatment to pregnancy and then again between pregnancy and parenting.  You deserve to receive care from well trained professionals that are passionate and knowledgable.  You have our promise to companion you into your very important roles of Mommy & Daddy.


Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)  were once thought to be only a woman’s concern. However, men, gay & lesbian parents, new adoptive/foster parents and even parenting grandparents are at risk for PMAD due to the significant life, social, relational & psychological adjustments that occur with a new child. Pregnancy depression and postpartum anxiety are very real experiences.  


PMAD are more than the "Baby Blues" and include Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder & Postpartum Psychosis. Perinatal time frame begins at conception and continues through the first year after delivery. PMAD can begin during anytime within the perinatal period. PMAD are the most common maternal health complication with over 800,000 cases reported in the U.S. every year.

Specialized Services for Parent Support

Parent Child Comfort

Parenting with TLC is available on YouTube and offers insight to various parenting topics that include talking with teachers, addressing various family dynamics, benefits of routine, self soothing for parents and kids, just to name a few.  This is a complimentary group of videos to encourage dialogue.  Some topics are more humorous... some more serious.  


My kids have never fit into the parenting book molds... No manual for my Thing 1 and Thing 2... I give you a peek into the Blackburn home.  This is really about how to survive as parents without losing our sense of humor or minds.


Get a glimpse of perfectly imperfect parenting... You are seriously not alone in this crazy role of Mom or Dad...

Comprehensive Pregnancy & Parent Support

​***Distance Counseling and In-Office Session for Illinois Residents

Life Changes

  • Coping as a Couple & Marital Stress
  • New Parenting Role, Identity & Self Concept
  • Adjusting Family & Friend Relationships
  • ​Self Esteem, Building Confidence & Identity Issues
  • ​Changing Priorities
  • ​Developing & Consistent Changes in Routines
  • ​Uncertain Communication with Baby


Family Adjustments

  • Working as a Couple
  • Utilizing or Developing Support
  • Extended Family Boundaries
  • ​Family Traditions and Culture
  • Family Adaptation

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Adoption & Foster Parents

  • Adoption Match & Placement
  • New Foster Placements
  • Changes in Children's Goals for Foster Parents
  • Advocating for Foster Children
  • Decisions Surrounding Foster Care Placements​

Understanding Risk Factors

  •  Identify and Recognize Symptoms of PMAD such as: difficulty bonding with the pregnancy or baby, fear of being left alone with the baby, frequent mood swings, and sometimes scary thoughts that won't go away.
  • Developing Awareness Surrounding Potential Risks
  • Develop Strategies  to Reduce Risk Factors 


Intense Emotions & Stress Management

  • Coping with Stress of Life Changes
  • Intense Worry or Scary Thoughts
  • Emotions about Prior Pregnancy Losses and Rainbow Child
  • Mindfulness & Awareness to Personal Stressors
  • Mind-Body-Spirit Connection with Sleep, Nutrition, & Self Care
  • Strength Based & Positive Psychology Approaches to Resiliency


Grief & Loss

  • Loss issues regarding Family Development
  • Secondary Losses due to New Child
  • ​Coping with Grief Past Losses and Joys of New Child
  • Disenfranchised Grief - not recognized and grieving in isolation

  Contact Julie Now 

to schedule your Complimentary Phone Consultation 


Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC, ATR

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Expecting a child?  New Parent?  This email mini course is for you...


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Topics of the course include: 

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  • Social Considerations


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