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

Written by me, Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC, ATR - Coming Soon!


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 Counseling for

Fertility Issues, Perinatal Support & Grief

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Surviving New Parenting

Surviving New Parenting is a 6 week program that focuses on the emotional, relational and social aspects of new parenting.   Topics include:

  • Love relationships and a new family member...
  • Sleep, nutrition and living as a new parent
  • Learning how to manage schedules
  • New expectatations
  • Kind limits and family values

  Contact Julie Now 

to schedule your Complimentary Phone Consultation 

Comprehensive Pregnancy & New Parent Support

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

All Chartreuse Center programs are offered through online courses with Chartreuse Learning. Enrollment for most of the perinatal courses is on-going, meaning you can enroll at any time.  Here are some of the courses offered:

Reduce feeling alone... Enhance coping...Deepen insight

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​


Fertility Transitions

So many adjustments and mixed feelings as you move from "Trying To Conceive" to pregnancy.  Your identity, your concerns, your body, your life is beginning to focus on a new person that is about to be the center of your life. What does that mean exactly? This is course is a bit different in that it is an open enrollment so that you can join when you achieve pregnancy.  This course provides information for 6 months.  Course includes:

  • Weekly Positive Intentions
  • Artful activities that help you connect to your life
  • Coping strategies for appointments, events and addressing worries that arise.
Dream Family

Perinatal Support Programs

Receive three emails within a week in an exclusive Email mini-course with insight building information as well as tools you can use.


Topics of the course include: 

  • Love Relationships
  • Self-Care
  • Social Considerations


**Be sure to open the confirmation email and click the link to "activate' for your emails to begin.

Specialized Services for Perinatal Support

Complimentary Email

Mini Course