Group dynamic

The "Afterglow" is a postpartum support group for new moms with babies anywhere between the ages of 0-6 months. New moms (UCSF patients only) and their babies gather to share their experiences and support one another in the early days of parenting.
During this 6-week series participants will delve deep to discuss some of the most poignant topics that arise for women during postpartum.

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.

Group Outline

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

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:

Accompanied Reading: "Six Tips for Dealing with Your Partner Returning to Work After Baby" by the Stir:

Week 6: Choosing a ChildCare Provider

Online Resources

  • Postpartum Progress, a widely read blog addressing issues surrounding motherhood and perinatal mood concerns

Additional Articles about the Motherhood Journey:


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

iPhone/Smartphone Application:

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