To Pregnant Women and New Moms During Covid-19

Apr 07, 2020 by PrairieCare Team

Our Perinatal Mental Health Team at PrairieCare would like to reach out to all of you who may be struggling to stay afloat right now. You may feel lost in this new world of “quarantines” and “social distancing.” You may be pregnant and filled with uncertainty, or you may have recently brought a baby into the world and feel like you just need a little more support right now. If you currently feel overwhelmed, sad, or “just not feeling like myself”…PrairieCare’s Perinatal Mental Health Team is (still) here for you.

We are currently offering our Psychiatric Care, Therapy, and Perinatal Intensive Outpatient Program groups by “Telehealth” which you can attend from the comfort of your own home.

Our Perinatal Mental Health Team understands that right now more than ever mothers need our support. We want to be a beacon of hope in the postpartum community as we wade through these ever-changing times. We will remain open and operational during the duration of Minnesota’s “Shelter in Place” order and it is still a good time to reach out.

We know that right now, you are navigating a world that you may feel you don’t even recognize. We want to offer hope in the midst of fear with the belief that we will all get through this together, and become stronger. It is in the face of uncertainty that we can find strength in each other, strength we did not know we had.

It is during hard times that growth occurs and we want to help you grow. We want to show you that you are stronger than you feel. Our program offers a virtual support system that you can rely on and tools to help you combat the isolation, anxiety and/or depression you may be experiencing.

Even if you are not currently able or interested in attending our Perinatal Intensive Outpatient Program, we still have a couple of tips to help you stay positive during this Shelter in Place:

  1. Keep a gratitude journal. Each day has something to be thankful for, even if it feels insignificant at the time.
  2. Make self-care a priority. Self-care does not need to involve hundreds of dollars or a trip to the spa, it can be as simple as giving yourself a facial or painting your nails. It can be something you used to take for granted like taking a shower or brushing your hair. Whatever it is, make sure that you are putting yourself first a little bit each day.
  3. Take it one day at a time. Thinking about having to stay at home for days or weeks can be very overwhelming. Try not to take it all in at once. Focus on one day (or hour) at a time.
  4. Give yourself grace. Let yourself be imperfect (we are giving you permission)! Let every expectation you have of yourself have some wiggle room.
  5. Be a “good enough” mother. The good enough mother tries her best, but is imperfect. She meets her children’s essential needs, yet understands she cannot do everything. She knows that she isn’t a perfect mother, but she is the perfect mother for her children.

We understand that reaching out for help can be intimidating, but we want to encourage you, if you feel you could use a little extra support to please give us a call. The first step is always the hardest, but the relief of having an entire specialized team supporting you can make all the difference in the world!

For more information, please contact our team today at 612-274-7494. We look forward to hearing from you and continuing to support you!
-Your PrairieCare Perinatal Mental Health Team

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