Making Space for Self: Good Emotional Care During Pregnancy (Providence)

Ascension Providence For supporting good Mental Health during pregnancy and the prevention of Postpartum Mood Disorders

Breastfeeding Success is pleased to announce that this class will be offered as a virtual live class during the times and dates listed below. We believe that during this time of social distancing it is imperative that parents are able to establish and maintain community support. Participants will be contacted by email with a Google Meet link prior to class.

The fee for attendance is $40 per class per family. Breastfeeding Success offers financial assistance if your insurance carrier does not cover the cost of the class and you have documented financial need. Please call 512-808-0237 with any questions or for help with scheduling. We look forward to seeing you in class!

PLEASE NOTE: Your insurance may cover the cost of this class. Use coupon code USEINSURANCE if you have Aetna, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthSmart or HEB Blue Cross Blue Shield, or ARC Employee Health Plan


Making Space for Self: Good Emotional Self Care During Pregnancy

Taught by Ellie Wheeler

While pregnancy can be exciting, it can also be stressful as we plan for and think about this life changing event! We are encouraged to take steps to look after our physical self but our emotional self care can be put to one side. This virtual class helps make space for emotional self care addressing the normal emotional changes that happen during pregnancy and provides proactive strategies to manage stress and low mood. Participants will not be asked to share personal information (not a therapy group).

Topics covered will include

  • Common ante and postnatal mental health issues and strategies for addressing these
  • Managing preexisting mental health issues during and after pregnancy
  • Anxieties and fears around labor and strategies for managing these
  • Medication concerns
  • ‘Baby blues’
  • Postpartum depression
    • understanding risk factors
    • proactive preventative measures
    • what to expect your mood to do during and after pregnancy
    • how to get help and support with postpartum depression
  • Where to get further help and support
  • How to support your partner during pregnancy

About the classes

Each class is very informal in nature. These classes are not intended as psychological therapy but rather they are providing information on general issues, self help strategies and sign posting for where people can get psychological support if needed.

About Ellie

Ellie is from the United Kingdom. She got her Masters degree in Psychology and Mathematics from the University of St Andrews in 2002 and went on to gain her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2009. Before completing her doctorate she worked as a nanny for a number of years, specializing in working with children with special needs. After graduating she worked as a psychologist in the UK, working with young people suffering from eating disorders and their families.