We have provided links to a number of community and online resources, organized by the categories below. The Friends Depression Education Resource Center (FDERC), located in the east end of the Rachel Upjohn Building Atrium, also provides a wide array of educational materials, including a library that lends books, videos, and other resources.
Support for Depression and Anxiety during Pregnancy and Postpartum
- The department of psychiatry offers a variety of psychotherapy groups for pregnant and postpartum women.
- MomShare Group -- Women’s Center and Michigan Medicine’s Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Free drop-in weekly support group for expectant and new moms and their babies. Weekly touchpoint with snacks in a cozy atmosphere, mixed with a bit of education and some fun.
- Postpartum Support International Online groups (online support group)
Phone and Text Support
- Postpartum Support International Warmline 1-800-944-4773(4PPD)
1 for Spanish 2 for English
NEW! TEXT THE WARMLINE — 503-894-9453
- Pine Rest Pregnancy and Postpartum HOPEline
- Michigan Postpartum Support International Listing of Michigan Support Groups Coordinators and Resources
- MI Statewide Perinatal Mood Disorders Coalition
- University of Michigan Depression Toolkit - Online resource for those newly diagnosed with depressive illness, those who may be wondering whether they are experiencing depression, and those who just want to learn more about depression and related illnesses, including friends, family members and caregivers.
- Postpartum Support International - Dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. They also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover.
- Postpartum Progress -The most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, with comprehensive information on PPD, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, depression during pregnancy, post-adoption depression, postpartum PTSD, depression after miscarriage and postpartum psychosis.
- Zero to Three - A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Their mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
- American Academy of Pediatrics - An organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
- UMHS Breastfeeding Resources - A variety of breastfeeding resources, including classes and moms groups, are offered through the U-M Health System
- Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor - The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor is committed to providing everything a breastfeeding family might need: education, community, consultations, postnatal support groups, a human milk depot for helping other babies, and select retail products.
- La Leche League of Michigan
- Center for the Childbearing Year - Offers Breastfeeding Basics Classes.
- La Leche League International - La Leche League International’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Husbands, Dads, and Partners
- Postpartum Dads: Helping Families Overcome Postpartum Depression - Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a common illness that impacts the entire family. Without effective intervention the impacts on the mom, the children, and the entire family can be very damaging. However, in most cases, with proper treatment and support, a woman and her family can fully recover from PPD. This website is intended to help dads and families by providing firsthand information and guidance through the experience of PPD.
- Postpartum Support International Beyond the Blues: Partners
- Postpartum Men - Website aimed at helping and supporting men who are affected by postpartum depression, either directly or through supporting a partner
Grief and Loss Support
- Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group - The Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group is for mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends – anyone affected by a miscarriage, stillbirth, early infant death, or other loss.
- Perinatal Hospice and Tender Care of Washtenaw County - Perinatal Hospice is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support, education, and encouragement to families who choose to carry their dying baby to term.
- The Compassionate Friends - The Compassionate Friends non-profit organization exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.
- Hand to Hold - For families who have lost children/infants, or have a child/infant in NICU. Online support offered through peer mentorship, podcasts, blogs, and family forums. Also provides additional resources on website.
Public Assistance/Health Care
- Maternal Infant Health Program - MIHP is a program for all Michigan women with Medicaid health insurance who are pregnant and all infants with Medicaid. It is a benefit of your Medicaid insurance. MIHP provides support to promote healthy pregnancies, good birth outcomes, and healthy infants.
- Infant Mental Health Services through Community Support and Treatment Services - Provides home-based services for parents with infants up to 3 years of age who are at high risk of developing emotional, behavioral, or relationship problems. Works to assist families with multiple stressors and needs that require a combination of supports coordination, relationship-focused therapy, and activities promoting positive parent-infant interactions. Eligibility includes: A parent has a current or significant history of primary psychiatric diagnosis; A parent is 17 years of age or younger; A parent has a history of child abuse or neglect; A parent is currently or has a history of abusing substances; Infant is in neonatal intensive care unit; Infant has failure to thrive due to psychosocial causes; Family is otherwise deemed to be high risk due to the presence of significant stressors. Youth & Family also offers an array of services and resources to the family members of eligible children. Call (734) 544-3050 or 1-800-440-7548 to apply for services.
- MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
- MIChild - MIChild is a health care program administered by the Department of Community Health. It is for the low income uninsured children of Michigan's working families. Beneficiaries receive a comprehensive package of health care benefits including vision, dental, and mental health services. For more information and an application, contact MIChild at 1-888-988-6300.
- Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) - Children's Special Health Care Services is a program within the Michigan Department of Community Health that provides certain approved medical service coverage to some children and adults with special health care needs.
- Plan First - Free family planning services.