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Every family needs different kinds of support. Below is a comprehensive list of the various kinds of assistance available in the Austin, Texas area. Click on each section for more information. If you need help finding the resources you need, contact Melissa Bentley at info@melissabentley.net  or (512) 920-3737 or Beth Thomas at beth.arthur@gmail.com or (512) 590-1853.

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Support Groups

Studies have shown that support groups are highly effective in treating Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMDs). Groups offer peer-to-peer support with a professional leader. Below are some local support groups you can find in the Austin, Texas area.

  • All For One (General Drop-in Support Group) | Todos Para Uno (Grupo de apoyo general) [ View On Map ]

    YWCA Greater Austin
    Tuesdays 6-7 p.m.
    English and Spanish
    $10/session

  • Any Baby Can [ View On Map ]

    (512) 454-3743
    www.anybabycan.org
    Weekly, open ongoing support group for pregnancy and postpartum anxiety and depression. Children up to 2 years old welcome.

    Cost: Free
    Time: Thursday 10-12 p.m.

  • Any Baby Can – Mama Mariposa [ View On Map ]

    www.anybabycan.org

    En este GRATIS grupo, nuevas mamás y sus bebés se reunirán para compartir sus experiencias. Se ofrece apoyo, consejos y un lugar para hablar sobre las realidades de ser madre. Invitamos a todas las mamás, bebés y hermanos pequeños. Por favor llama a Dyann Avila LCSW al número (512) 851-3317 para más información.

    Tiempo: Los martes, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

    Costo: Gratis

     

     

  • Austin Birth Parent Support Group [ View On Map ]

    A support group for birth parents who have placed their child for adoption.

    The Gladney Center is launching a support group for Birth Parents at their Austin office on Friday, May 12, 2017.

    The first meeting is going to be more of a celebration/kick off, and the following, monthly meetings will be therapeutic support groups.

    The group is open to any birth parents regardless of when they placed or what agency they used.

    512-435-1796 or 512-383-8496

  • Austin Parents of Multiples [ View On Map ]

    St. George’s Episcopal
    Last Monday of every month, 6:30-9 p.m.
    $35 yearly membership fee.
    (512) 693-9233 (checked bi-monthly)
    www.austinparentsofmultiples.org

  • Birth Trauma Support Groups [ View On Map ]

    PPHA is currently unaware of any local birth trauma support groups. If you know of any, or are interested in starting one, please contact us at info@pphatx.org.

  • Breastfeeding Cafe [ View On Map ]

    Breastfeeding Cafe at AustinBorn

    • Fridays, 10am-12pm
    • 4th Saturday 10am-12pm
    • Pre-registration NOT required
    • Babies welcome
    • Refreshments provided
    • $15 drop-in or save by buying a Mama Thrive pass when you come in! (5 visits for $65 or 10 visits for $99. Good for The Breastfeeding Cafe and The Circle.)

    512.222.5655
    info@austin-born.com

    http://www.austin-born.com/#/thebreastfeedingcafe

  • Breastfeeding Circle [ View On Map ]

    Breastfeeding Circle: Gina Giordano offers a weekly place for new moms and newborns to find support and answers during the beginning stages of breastfeeding. They address the practicality of breastfeeding along with the emotional adjustment that breastfeeding may bring up. This circle is a casual, conversation-based setting. $15. Drop-in. Mondays 10-11:30 at Pachamama: 1907 Forestglade Drive Austin, Tx 78745 @ Manchaca, near Ben White Blvd.  www.bella-belly.com

  • Circle of Security | El Circulo de Seguridad [ View On Map ]

    8 week relationship based parenting program | programa de 8 semanas enfocado a la relacion entre padres e hijos
    YWCA Greater Austin
    Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
    $20/session, $30 for couples/family

  • Divorce Workshops [ View On Map ]

    Divorce Workshops
    Audry Steelem MA, LCP
    Specializing in divorce/single parenting
    512.619.5714
    http://audrysteele.com/

  • For the Love of Christi [ View On Map ]

    Grief Support Groups
    For the Love of Christi: Loss of loved one to suicide support. Group meetings: Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm. Free. www.fortheloveofchristi.org Call (512)467-2600

  • Hand to Hold [ View On Map ]

    NICU Support Groups
    Hand to Hold: Matches parents with babies in the NICU with other parents who have been in a similar situation.
    http://handtohold.org/ Call (855)424-6428

  • International Cesearean Awareness Network (ICAN) [ View On Map ]

    Cesearean Support Groups
    International Cesearean Awareness Network (ICAN)
    www.ican-online.org
    Austin Chapter
    Contact: Brielle Epstein
    Email: brielle@moonstonebirth.com
    Telephone: 512.203.6097
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/ICAN-of-Austin/155939594565290

  • Mama Bloom Postpartum Groups [ View On Map ]

    Mama Bloom is a 6 week closed postpartum group for mamas with babies under 1 year old. The group will be a safe space for mamas to gain support, connection, community and greater fulfillment. Groups meet weekly for 2 hours and cover themes like identity as a new mama, radical self-care, practicing greater presence, and self-love and compassion. Expect to finish this series and have a greater sense of who you are as a mama and be able to embrace the challenges and joys of motherhood with greater acceptance and ease.

    Wednesdays from 1:30pm-3:30pm.
    Babies always welcome.
    Cost is $125.
    Location: Birthwise Birth Center, 1709 Rio Grande St. Austin, TX 78701 Groups led by ATX birth doula and life coach, Nicole McCharen.
    Contact Nicole with questions at nicole.atxdoulas@gmail.com.
    http://www.mama-bloom.com/

  • Mamas for Mamas [ View On Map ]

    Support group for pregnant and postpartum women facing symptoms of Depression, Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
    Mondays, 6:30-8 PM

    Austin Center for Therapy & Assessment
    8103 Brodie Lane Suite 1
    Austin, TX 78745
    (we recommend entering the parking lot on Thomas Kincheon Street)

    Free, babies 0-12 months welcome.
    Facilitated by Melissa Bentley, MA and Amy Duckwall, PsyD
    info@melissabentley.net or dramyduckwall@gmail.com for more information

  • Moms Arising [ View On Map ]

    Moms Arising is a judgment-free peer-to-peer group offering support during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
    Meeting dates, times and locations are posted on our Facebook page, and often include weekdays as well as Saturdays. https://www.facebook.com/momsarising
    512-632-6855
    stationerybakery@gmail.com

  • New Mama Happy Hour Support Group [ View On Map ]

    Free Support Group for Expectant and Postpartum Moms! Both expectant and new moms are welcome to join on a drop in basis to come together as women and support each other in this journey from pregnancy to motherhood. This group is facilitated by experienced birth and postpartum doulas who will offer evidence based information, local resources, loving guidance and non-judgmental support.

    Where: Thrive Chiropractic 15501 Ranch Road 620 N., Suite 1200, Austin TX 78717
    When: Wednesdays 12-1:15 p.m. (Bring a snack or brown bag lunch if you wish!)
    Come as you are. Older siblings are welcome (childcare NOT provided). For more info contact Shelley (512) 468-8526 or shelley.scotka@gmail.com.

  • New Moms’ Social Hour [ View On Map ]

    This is for all the moms who live in walking (or driving!) distance of Brentwood Social House who are looking for mom friends and support. Dads are also welcome, as are older babies and toddler siblings, if you’ve got ’em.

    Hosted by Stephanie Spitzer-Hanks, doula and certfied lactation counselor, who will happily do her best to answer your breastfeeding and newborn care questions.

    Tuesdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Brentwood Social House
    1601 West Koenig Lane, Austin, TX 78756

  • Nurture Postpartum Support Group [ View On Map ]

    2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
    10-11:30 a.m.
    Free
    Lap babies are welcome.
    Contact: Sally Rumsey
    (512) 645-9388
    sally@sallyrumsey.com

  • PARA SIEMPRE EN EL CORAZON [ View On Map ]

    En la YWCA de Austin comprendemos que las madres de hijos que han muerto, frecuentemente se viven aisladas en su dolor. Los familiares y amigos bien intencionados suelen minimizar, invalidar o descalificar el dolor de estas mujeres en un intento de ayudarlas a “superar” el duelo. Empero, esto solo causa mayor soledad, rabia y tristeza. Quienes han vivido y viven la experiencia de perder un hijo saben que no hay tragedia más grande que la muerte de un niño (nacido o no nacido). El duelo, no se cura, se asimila la pérdida. Nunca se va a olvidar a ese hijo muerto, pero si aprender a convivir con la tristeza.

    PARA SIEMPRE EN EL CORAZON es un grupo de apoyo que se reúne todos los jueves a las 7 de la noche en la YWCA de Austin, es en español y tiene un costo de $5.

    Para inscribirse, favor de llamar a Eva o Laura al 512-326-1222.

  • Partners in Parenting [ View On Map ]

    Partners in Parenting (PIP) organizes and facilitates neighborhood-based groups for new parents. The PIPsqueaks Groups help parents connect and thrive as they transition to parenthood. Groups meet once a week for 12 weeks to share their ups and downs, joys and obstacles, and much-needed tips and tricks they’ve picked up In the past few days! Participants start out as just neighbors or even strangers, and finish the program having become a strong, intentional community of support for one another. The group discussions are led by trained volunteers who have all the resources of PIP at their fingertips, including access to an extensive list of professionals who are available as guest speakers for PIPsqueaks Groups. It takes a village – let PIP help you find yours!

    www.pipaustin.org
    512-397-1747
    info@pipaustin.org

  • Pregnancy Loss Support Group [ View On Map ]

    Pregnancy Loss Support Group: Meets the 1st Sunday of the month from 2-4pm in the Auditorium at South Austin Hospital. For families who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn or early infant death. Free childcare upon request. Call (512)282-4123

  • PSI – Grupo De Apoyo En Línea [ View On Map ]

    La reunión es informal y generalmente de tamaño pequeño. Cada mujer se presenta y, si es cómoda, cuenta un poco de su historia. Las mujeres suelen encontrar preocupaciones similares y compartir ideas. El enfoque del grupo está en la curación, la aceptación, y el mantenimiento / el inicio de buenos hábitos de autocuidado.

    Tiempo: Martes 7:30 pm
    Costo: $5.00
    Llamarte Laudy Burgos por mas informacion: laudyburgos@aol.com
  • The Circle at Austin Born [ View On Map ]

    The Circle at Austin Born
    512-222-5655 (general info)
    512-574-2789 (Kim)
    www.austin-born.com/#/thecircle/
    kim@austin-born.com
    Peer support group facilitated by a postpartum doula.
    Time: Wednesdays​, 10am-12pm
    Cost: $15 per session or purchase a multi-pass for reduced rate.
    Drop-in, babies welcome.

     

     


Psychiatrists

– Medical practitioners specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Providers on this list have agreed to see women with Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) symptoms within 10 days, when feasible. However, at any given time one of our providers may be out of the office and there may be a longer wait time. When calling or leaving a message, please identify yourself as someone experiencing a PMD and ask for an expedited appointment.

Therapists

Therapists are people trained in methods of treating illnesses especially without the use of drugs or surgery and who help people deal with mental or emotional problems by talking about those problems.

“Talk Therapy” is highly effective in treating Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD). It can include individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, and group counseling. Counselors can be psychiatrists (MD), psychologists (PhD), Licensed Counselors (LPC), or Licensed Social Workers (LCSW).  Counseling sessions will help to educate you about the disorders and learn coping skills to minimize your symptoms and stress.

Look for a counselor who can see you within a week and who has training in Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMDs). Finding a counselor who you feel comfortable with is important, so do not hesitate to look for a new one if you need to.


OB/GYNs


Midwives

Your childbirth medical provider may be the first person you contact if you feel you may have symptoms of Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMDs). They may be able to screen you for PMDs, prescribe initial medications, and link you with other professionals.

If your symptoms persist, you may need to seek the assistance of a psychiatrist and look into other support services, such as counseling or support groups. If you feel that your provider is not sensitive to PMDs and your needs, check out one listed below. These Austin-area providers have been screened by PPHA to meet minimum standards.


Doulas

A Postpartum Doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. A Postpartum Doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby.


Lactation Consultants and Breastfeeding Support


Acupuncture


Massage Therapy


Yoga

  • Lisa J. Young, RYT, MA [ View On Map ]

    Prenatal Yoga Teacher
    lisa@austinprenatalyoga.com

  • Summer Greenlees [ View On Map ]

    Massage and Prenatal Yoga
    512.944.9924
    summergreenlees@gmail.com


Placenta Encapsulation

  • Amy Tucker [ View On Map ]

    Postpartum Doula (DONA)
    Placenta Encapsulation (PBi Certified Specialist)
    amy.tucker@placentabenefits.info or amytucker09@gmail.com
    512.692.9468
    www.mamapeace.com

  • Lindsey Roberts [ View On Map ]

    PBi Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
    (512) 699-3998
    Lindsey@PlacentaBenefits.info
    http://placentabenefits.info/lindseyroberts
    www.EncapsulateYourPlacenta.com

  • Tanya Philips, CD & IBCLC [ View On Map ]

    Placenta Encapsulation
    Doula
    Lactation Consultant
    512.560.3732
    www.MotherNurtureDoula.com
    www.Placentacare.Weebly.com

  • Vicki Meinhardt [ View On Map ]

    (512) 653-7892


Reflexology and Aromatherapy


Practical Support

In today’s society, new mothers tend to live far from their families and friends. We expect ourselves to be “supermom”- have a happy baby, a perfectly clean house, and to be bright and cheery. This is just plain impossible. When you are experiencing a mental health crisis on top of this, it is time to ask for help. Right now, you need to concentrate on taking care of your baby and taking care of yourself. Let as much else go as possible. Here are some ideas to make your life a little easier:

Care Calendar:

A “care calendar” is a way for you to tell your friends and family what kinds of help you might need. Many people will use these as a way to schedule people to bring meals. This helps you to feel less isolated and also gets your family a great meal. You can also ask people to help with errands, cleaning, etc. If you are shy about setting it up yourself, ask a good friend to do it for you. Remember: People like to help! They are usually just too shy to do it without being asked. Free. www.carecalendar.org

Postpartum Doula:

A postpartum doula is a trained professional assistant for new mothers, providing education, breastfeeding instruction and more directly following the birth of a child. A postpartum doula’s main priority is the well-being of the mother. She can assist with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying. Check out our list above of approved doulas in Austin. Rates: usually around $25 per hour.

If a postpartum doula is not affordable for your family, the Central Texas Doula Association has a “pay what you can” option.

Lactation Consultants:

Education and support around breastfeeding. Check out our list above of lactation consultants in the Austin area.

Parenting Classes:

A great way to gain coping skills, meet other parents, and understand your baby’s needs.

Any Baby Can
Variety of classes (preparing for your newborn, the first three months, toddlers, etc.) in English and Spanish. Call 512-454-3743 for more information. Free. Childcare provided. www.anybabycan.org

Bethany Prescott, M.A
2312 Western Trails Boulevard, Suite 404D
Austin, TX 78745
512.775.5160
bethany@bethanyprescott.com
Website

Katie Malinsky, LCSW – One on one Parent Coaching Therapist
1704 West Koenig Lane
Austin, TX  78756
512.940.4477
katie@katiemalinski.com
www.katiemalinski.com

Lanell Coultas
Mothers Unfolding
http://consciousbirthingaustin.com/classes/mothers-unfolding/

Circle of Security – eight week relationship based parenting program
El Circulo de Seguridad – progama de 8 semanas enfocado a la relacion entre padres e hijos
Tuesdays/Martes 6:30 p.m.
$20/session, $30 for couples/family (pareja/familia)
YWCA Greater Austin
2015 S. IH 35, Ste 110
Austin, TX 78741

Government Support:

There are a variety of government programs that you may qualify for, including WIC, Medicaid, and TANF. You may qualify for the following programs, which offer practical support:

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children):

Provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, referrals to other social services and benefits for healthy foods.  For a family of three, your income must be less than $37,167. Call 512-972-4942 for an appointment. www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd

Food Stamps (SNAP):

Call 2-1-1 to see if your family qualifies for SNAP.

Insurance:

Call 2-1-1 to see if your child qualifies for Medicaid.

To see if your child qualifies for CHIP, call 877-543-7669 or go to www.chipmedicaid.org.

TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy Families):

You may qualify for cash assistance if you have very low income. Call 2-1-1 for application locations.

Free or Low Cost Activities for Families:

Getting out of the house with your child can make your days go faster and can help you to reconnect with the world. Click here for some activity ideas.

Local Blogs/Websites:

www.livemom.com– check out the “weekenders” section

www.freefuninaustin.com

www.multitaskingmumma.com/

Mothers Groups:

Moms Clubs

$25 per year, join one in your zip code

momsaustinsouth.wordpress.com/

www.momsclubswoaks.webs.com/

momsclubcp.webs.com/

momsclubrrne.wix.com/momsclubrrne 



Mothers Unfolding

Lanell Coultas

http://consciousbirthingaustin.com/classes/mothers-unfolding/

Meals:

Eating regular, healthy meals is essential to feeling better. If you can afford it, consider getting delivered or take out meals from services such as these:

Snap Kitchen: www.snapkitchen.com

Simply Fit Meals: www.simplyfitmeals.com

Baby Food

The following business offers delivered baby food, or can assist you in learning to make your own:

Taste and See Healthy Baby Food: www.tasteandseehealthybabyfood.com/


Self Care

To be a good parent, you must take time to nourish your own body and soul. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of your baby. Try joining a book club, getting regular massages, acupuncture, joining a gym, or going for a walk. Many gyms include free childcare, and exercise is shown to have a significant effect on depression and anxiety.  Eating healthy snacks and meals can also minimize depression and anxiety. Check out our list above of massage and acupuncture practitioners in the Austin area. For more self care tips click here.


Legal Care

If you are in need of legal assistance related to a mental health disorder, please expand the list below.

Legal Resources for divorcing parents with children who cannot afford an attorney:
http://www.texaslawhelp.org/documents/clusters/TX/525/English/Div_w_Kids_kit_Final.pdf

Free Legal Resources (general)

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
512.476.5550
http://vlsoct.org/what/advice.htm
Free, in-person legal advise at the intake clinics held every week. VLS has caring attorneys, many of whom are pro bono, volunteering their time.

Monday Evening Clinic
Martin Middle School
1601 Haskell Street
Austin, Texas 78702.

Wednesday Advice Clinic
Webb Middle School
601 East St. Johns Street
Austin, TX 78752

Domestic Violence Clinic UT Law
512.232.1358

Legal Aid Society
512.374.2700

The Office of the Attorney General’s Access & Visitation Hotline Attorneys that answer the phone provide free legal information
about child custody, visitation, paternity and child support.
1 (866) 292-4636
Monday – Friday, 1-7 p.m.
www.texasaccess.org