This week The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, a Steward Family Hospital, launches an innovative community program for women: Moms Offering Moms Support Group (M.O.M.S.). The group meets every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the hospital.
Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
2555 Jimmy Johnson Blvd
Port Arthur, TX
2nd Floor, Room 206
Each M.O.M.S. meeting will unite women throughout the community with a team of clinical specialists, including lactation consultants and clinical counselors from The Medical Center of Southeast Texas’s outpatient behavioral health unit. The group is free to attend and open to all women. No commitment necessary. Come for one meeting, or come every week!
“There is currently nothing like M.O.M.S. in the Southeast Texas region,” says Sarah Humme, Chief Nursing Officer for The Medical Center of Southeast Texas Hospital System. “Whether they’re patients of the hospital or not, our organization believes this will be an incredible opportunity for moms to learn from each other and hear from health professionals experienced in a variety of issues - from postpartum depression to breastfeeding to infant sleep techniques, and more.”
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, as many as 80 percent of all women experience the “baby blues,” somewhat mild feelings of worry, unhappiness, and fatigue following the birth of a newborn. These symptoms, which may last for a day or a few weeks, typically resolve on their own. Nearly 15 percent of mothers experience postpartum depression, which is characterized by more severe feelings of sadness and anxiety. Postpartum depression may interfere with a woman’s ability to care for herself and her family. Symptoms can begin at any time, but are most common within one week to one month following childbirth.
“Postpartum depression is certainly a major issue for many moms. We hope to provide the appropriate resources and support for women attending M.O.M.S. who are dealing with postpartum,” says Humme. “M.O.M.S., however, is not exclusively a postpartum support group; we welcome and encourage all women to attend. Discussions will vary from week to week depending on how we can best serve the individuals in attendance.”
To register for the next event, visit: https://tmcset-moms-group.eventbrite.com or call 409-853-5637.