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Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Month

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 8838 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles CA 90035  See map

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WHAT:   The birth of a baby is a joyous time. Yet for some new moms, having a baby can cause unexpected fear, anxiety and depression. An estimated 10 to 20 percent of new mothers will suffer from postpartum anxiety and depression, but they are not alone.  JFS New Moms Connect is a unique program designed to help mothers who are coping with postpartum depression and the challenges related to being a new parent. JFS New Moms Connect provides education and resources, including referrals and home visits, as well as a weekly support group for women to discuss issues, exchange ideas, and meet and draw inspiration from other moms.

WHEN: Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  JFS New Moms Connect Postpartum Support Group
  JFS Pico Robertson Family Resource Center
  8838 West Pico Blvd.
  Los Angeles, CA  90035
  $10 per group; RSVP at newmomsconnect@jfsla.org, or 310-247-0864  x219

WHY:  May is Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Month in the State of California, and during this time, we seek to increase advocacy, public awareness and training activities related to postpartum depression and other mood disorders.  Many new mothers experience the baby blues – a mild, brief bout of depression that can last for a few days or weeks following childbirth. However, 10 to 20 percent of new mothers will experience postpartum depression, a more severe form of depression that can interfere with daily life. Postpartum depression can have a ripple effect, causing emotional pain and distress for everyone close to a new baby. Untreated, postpartum depression can last for months or years.

JFS New Moms Connect helps mothers who are experiencing postpartum depression overcome feelings of isolation and stress while increasing access to community resources and strengthening their support network. For more information about JFS New Moms Connect, please contact Gabrielle Kaufman at Ph. 323-761-8800, ext. 1028 

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About JFS New Moms Connect
JFS New Moms Connect is a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.  The program is made possible by a grant from the Max Factor Family Foundation, the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, and the Tikun Olam Foundation, a support foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.aleinu.net/newmomsconnect

About Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
For more than 157 years, Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles has provided compassionate social services to all in need regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or ability to pay. JFS counsels families, supports the elderly, houses the homeless, feeds the hungry, assists the disabled and empowers survivors of violence. Our professionals and volunteers serve nearly 100,000 people each year, helping to make the entire community healthier and stronger.  More information about JFS programs and services is available at www.jfsla.org. If you, a friend, or a family member, need assistance of any kind, call JFS toll-free at (877) ASK-4JFS.

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