Great Expectations-Afterglow Support Group
Learn about the ‘baby blues’ and the emotional changes that can occur after childbirth.
Practice self-care, relaxation techniques, including yoga, which are clinically proven to reduce stress and increase mom’s wellbeing.
Discuss the highs and lows of motherhood in a supportive space.
Connect with other new parents.
Download upcoming Afterglow class dates.
This group is facilitated by Melissa Whippo, LCSW, Social Worker at the UCSF Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood Assessment Clinic and Juli Fraga, PsyD, Psychologist specializing in perinatal wellness
The Afterglow Group Curriculum
The "Afterglow" is a postpartum support group for new moms with babies anywhere between the ages of 0-6 months. A 6-week series, this group deeply covers some of the most poignant topics that arise for women during the postpartum.
Is this a postpartum depression support group?
This group is especially for new moms who are struggling with perinatal mood concerns or struggling with the adjustment to motherhood.
Can I bring my baby to group?
Absolutely! Group participants are invited to bring their little ones.
Do I have to attend all 6 weeks?
While it is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged that participants sign up for the series. This is a way to immerse oneself in the experience and knowledge that will be provided during the group, but most importantly, a way to connect, over time, with the other group members.
Is this a therapy group?
While we will cover a range of therapeutic topics and teach some therapeutic tools for self-care and stress management, this is not a therapy group.
Will my insurance reimburse me for this group?
UCSF will not bill insurance for this group series, however, if you have a PPO insurance benefit, we can give you the CPT code so that you may file your own claim.
Week 1: The birth of a baby and the birth of a Mother
Role Transitions & the 4th trimester
Accompanied Reading: A Mother is Born, Gina Hassan, PhD https://www.pbs.org/newshour/tag/postpartum-depression
Week 2: An overview of postpartum mood/wellness
Education and information about PMDs/Baby Blues
Accompanied Reading: Postpartum Recession, Jessica Zucker, PhD
Importance of self-care & self-care techniques
Accompanied Reading: Incorporating Mindfulness Into Motherhood
Cassandra Vieten, PhD
Week 3: The "Good Enough Mother"
Self-Care, relaxation skills and stress management
Accompanied Reading: Lessons From My Daughter, Juli Fraga, PsyD
Week 4: The New Nest: From Partners to Parents
Communication with Partners/Family members: Creative ways to find time for couple/partner connection
Accompanied Reading: Emotional Aspects of Parenting, Showing CARE, Juli Fraga, PsyD & Melissa Whippo, LCSW
Week 5: Breastfeeding Concerns & Returning to Work
Accompanied Reading: "A Second Chance at Breastfeeding" by Kim Simon: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kim-simon/a-second-chance-at-breastfeeding_b_3041794.html
Accompanied Reading: "Six Tips for Dealing with Your Partner Returning to Work After Baby" by the Stir: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-stir/6-tips-for-dealing-with_b_2972742.html
Week 6: Choosing a ChildCare Provider
- UCSF Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Assessment Clinic: Providing comprehensive counseling and information for pregnant women
and new mothers.
- Postpartum Progress, a widely read blog addressing issues surrounding motherhood and perinatal mood concerns www.postpartumprogress.com
- This Emotional Life, special section on postpartum health www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/topic/postpartum
- Postpartum Support International www.postpartum.net
- Mindful Motherhood, Dr. Cassandra Vieten www.mindfulmotherhood.com
- Mindful Childbirth and Parenting, Nancy Bardacke www.mindfulbirthing.org
- California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative: http://www.camaternalmentalhealth.org
Additional Articles about the Motherhood Journey:
- A Darker Shade of Blue: http://www.pregnancymagazine.com/mom/identifying-the-baby-blues
- New Research on Postpartum Depression Could Change the way we Think About the Baby Blues: http://qz.com/612694/new-research-on-postpartum-depression-could-change-the-way-we-talk-about-the-baby-blues/
- Motherhood Mindset: Three Ways to Practice Mindfulness with Your Baby http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-juli-fraga/motherhood-mindset-three-ways-to-practice-mindfulness-with-your-baby_b_5816650.html
- How to Emotionally Prepare for Motherhoodhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-juli-fraga/how-to-emotionally-prepare-for-motherhood_b_5726998.html
- Nursing Your Baby: Sometimes It Takes a Village - by Dr. Juli Fraga
- The Biggest Mistake We Mothers Will Make
- A Mother is Born: http://www.ginahassan.com/Mother-is-born.html
- Lessons from my daughter: http://www.theconversation.tv/parenting/lessons-from-my-daughter-1/
- From Partners to Parents: http://www.theconversation.tv/parenting/first-time-parents-care/
- Celebrating Mama: Five Tips for Postpartum Self-Care: http://blog.honest.com/celebrating-mama-five-tips-for-postpartum-care/#.UZGDdEJy_ww
- 10 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself in the First Year as a Parent: http://www.babble.com/pregnancy/10-ways-to-feel-good-about-yourself-in-the-first-year-as-a-parent/
- The Rocky Path to Grace: http://www.adesignsovast.com/2010/04/the-rocky-path-to-grace/
Becoming the Parent You Want To Be, Laura Davis & Janis Keyser
Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety, Shoshana Bennet, PhD & Pec Indman, EdD, MFT
The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever, Daniel Stern, MD
Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, CNM
Mothering Without a Map, Kathryn Black
Parenting From the Inside Out, Daniel Siegel, MD & Mary Hartzell, MEd
For the iPhone, Mindful Pregnancy App developed by Nancy Bardacke, CNM from the UCSF Osher Center.
Register by phone or in person only:
UCSF Great Expectations Pregnancy Program
(415) 353-2667 or (415) 514-2670