To ease the transition from pregnancy to parenthood during the Postpartum phase.
We believe mother-to-mother social support is essential for a healthy transition to motherhood.
We listen non-judgmentally, respecting a new mother’s values, history, and unique personal story.
We create a safe space for sharing, listening, and mother to mother social & emotional support.
We educate parents and providers with accurate information and education materials about adjusting to motherhood as well as expressions of Perinatal Stress & Distress, including the Baby Blues, Postpartum Stress Syndrome, and Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Panic, PTSD, and Psychosis.
We encourage reasonable expectations during a woman’s postpartum transition.
We empower new mothers to understand the Steps Toward Wellness, and create a Plan of Action to work those steps toward recovery.
We hold that the Postpartum Period is the most complicated emotional and physical time in a woman’s life. When a woman is socially and emotionally isolated, and unable to be honest about her experience, she, her baby, and her family suffer.
We maintain that when a new mother can share honestly and listen openly, in a non-judgmental, emotionally-supportive environment, she can process her experience, find hope, and begin her journey toward whole-mother wellness.
At Postpartum Society of Florida, the emotional and mental wellbeing of mothers is our mission. We are a volunteer-run, mom-to-mom support organization. All our services are FREE to Florida mothers and families. Some of our top Programs include:*
Postpartum & Toddler Mama Support Groups
Provider HELPP Scholarship Training Program
SISTERMom(R) Mentorship Volunteer Training Program
MiTunes: Mother-Infant Music
SISTERs in Waiting
Partners, Parents & Personality Type(R)
*Please scroll down to read more about each of the above Programs.
These programs are vital to the families of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and other counties across the state of Florida. Every year our small clutch of more than 1,200 personal contacts with Florida mothers and babies, as well as between 100-200 guidance and training contacts with perinatal providers and social support volunteers. These purposeful, personal contacts ensure that every Florida mother can feel connected to the support she needs to feel well, and that no mother or family feel isolated or alone. Our training and targeted perinatal social support programs help refill another mother’s heart’s cup with encouragement, light, and hope. But we can’t do it alone. Will you help us love another mother this Mother’s May?
*Scroll down for further information about Postpartum Florida’s Programs:
Postpartum Society of Florida is a 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt, Not-for-Profit Organization. PPSF funds its major initiatives of Provider Training, Parenthood Preparation Classes, and New Mother Support Services entirely through private donation and community grants.
1. Postpartum & Toddler Mama Support Groups
We facilitate 2 Free Weekly Support Groups focusing on the mother’s health and wellness in the Sarasota/Manatee area for about 25 attendees each, yielding approximately 1,200 face-to-face support connections per year.
2. HELPP Provider Scholarship Program
We have awarded full registration scholarship to 34 Mental Health Professionals in 17 Florida Counties to attend an accreditated Maternal Mental Health Webinar Training Program presented by Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net) and the 2020MomProject in order to build a powerful, reliable network of clincians specially trained to understand, recognize, and treat Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders appropriately. Our goal is one trained provider in each of the 67 Florida Counties by 2020. We are 25% of the way to our goal in only 18 months.
3. The SISTERMom Mentorship Program
The SISTER Program stands for “Self-Image Support Team and Emotional Resource,” and this year, in 2016, we are developing and piloting the SISTERMom Program to be an elite team of volunteers trained to mentor and encourage new mothers one-to-one through their perinatal adjustment. The SISTER Program is designed to ensure that our volunteers would have comprehensive training in the delicate, yet powerful, realm of New Mother Mentorship, while our New Mother Mentees would have committed, stable, empowering one-to-one social support from a fellow mother in her own community.
4. MiTunes: Mother-Infant Music
MiTunes is a 17 track album of traditional children’s tunes tweaked with wellness messages for new mothers, plus a couple original songs offering encouragement and connection for perinatal women in distress. Postpartum Florida developed, produced, and created the MiTunes album (available on Amazon at http://smile.amazon.com/MiTunes-Sarah-Workman-Zachary-Johnson/dp/B00L2K00SO/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1462135103&sr=8-1&keywords=mitunes)
and supplies copies to all Sarasota-Manatee County area birthing homes and hosptials for free. Mothers, fathers, providers, and babies alike love this program.
5. SISTERs in Waiting
Education is a key element of understanding and recovering from any challenging situation or illness. Postpartum Florida knows how powerful accurate information is for perinatal women, families, and their providers, thus we have established a program in which we supply Ob/Gyn and Pediatrician offices and waiting rooms with vetted, well-respected reading material such as Beyond the Blues, This Isn’t What I Expected, and more. Addtionally, our Mom-to-Mom handbook, From Bump to Grind, is gifted to every new mother that attends a Support Group.
6. Partners, Parents, and Personality Type(R)
Mothers aren’t the only ones who experiencing changes and challenges as they adjust to parenthood. Fathers, of course, are every bit as essential and important to the health and wellness of a new family, and that partner connection between parents must be nurtured and supported in order for a new baby and a new family to thrive. Partners, Parents, and Personality Type(R) is a service in which new parents – whether single, married, cohabitating, or co-parenting – can schedule up to 6 Personality Type and Life Coaching Sessions with a Certified Personality Type Instructor for a special rate. Understanding each partner’s pattern of personality, including that individual’s style of energy, focus, feedback, and control, empowers partners to be more effective, thoughtful, and confident supports to each other and their new baby, and is information every new parent should have.