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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 melissabentley@pphatx.org  or (512) 920-3737 or Alexis Edwards at alexisedwards@pphatx.org or (512) 956-9599.

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Individuals and organizations listed in this directory are for informational purposes only. The Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas (PPHA) is not a healthcare provider and the inclusion of an individual or organization on this site is not healthcare advice. PPHA does not endorse or guarantee the quality of service of any of the listed care providers and disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information including but not limited to that arising out of the negligent or reckless inclusion of a provider on this list.

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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.


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.


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


Placenta Encapsulation


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:


Self Care


Legal Care

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