Centerstone, 645 S. Rogers St., provides mental health services. Photo by Rodney Margison

Editor’s note: The following is adapted from a press release from Centerstone. Bloom has republished it here with edits for style and clarity.

Centerstone, a nonprofit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments, is offering Baby Bumps, a no-cost virtual support group for pregnant people.

Based in the ROSE (reach out, stay strong, essentials for mothers of newborns) curriculum, Centerstone’s Baby Bumps support group is designed to help pregnant people get connected to resources and social supports while building resiliency and positive coping skills to help reduce postpartum depression and other mental health challenges.

Most new parents–up to 80%—experience the “baby blues” within a few days of childbirth, according to Centerstone. This can include weeping and feeling overwhelmed, irritable, or exhausted and can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

However, some parents, about 10–15%, experience more intense and longer-lasting concerns. These parents may feel they cannot properly care for their baby or themselves and may feel like a burden to others. Symptoms could include sleep problems, changes in eating, avoiding others, difficulty making decisions, and anxiety or fears about the baby, among other symptoms.

The Baby Bumps group is geared toward providing support for these experiences.

The event is hosted on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10–11 a.m. on Zoom. Email [email protected] to register.