Postpartum Support International's Climb Out of the Darkness is the world's largest event for raising awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, while raising money and building community.
What Are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders?
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) are considered the leading complication of childbirth. It is estimated that 20% of childbearing women suffer from perinatal depression or anxiety. Awareness of PMAD is increasing as a result of growing concern about the effects of PMAD on women, infants and their families. PMADs are associated with adverse obstetrical outcomes such as pre-term labor, low birth-weight babies and transmission of psychopathology to the fetus. A woman’s ability to establish critical attachment to her infant is significantly compromised when suffering from a PMAD.
We have an extensive resource list to help Tucson parents find the support they need.
Support Groups (local, free for pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety):
- Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 PM at St. Joseph’s Hospital-Women’s Care Pavilion, Agave Room (520) 873-6858. Facilitated by Terry Scallon RN. Babies welcome.
- Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 AM at Northwest Medical Center at 6060 N. Fountain Plaza Dr, Ste 130 (520) 877-4149. Babies welcome.
- Thursdays 5:30-7:00 PM at Tucson Medical Center’s Fireplace Room at 5301 E. Grant Rd (520) 324-7576. Facilitated by Pearl Aviles, MA and Tara Stanislav RN. Babies welcome.
Spotlight on Tucson PMAD providers
TPDC is grateful for its years of collaboration with Mama’s
Latte and the volunteer hours its leaders have provided to TPDC efforts. Both founders are
considered well-qualified to address the special care that is needed when the moms they see
during their home visits are also struggling with anxiety and depression. It takes special
knowledge and sensitivity to the complexity of the situation for any lactation consultant when
both breastfeeding challenges and coping with PMAD collide. Both TJ and Sibylle are those
trusted lactation consultants through which any mom caught in the struggle would find the
support and information she needs.