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Women and Infants Mental Health Program

Information and Resources

We have provided links to a number of community and online resources, organized by the categories below. The Friends Depression Education Resource Center (FDERC), located in the east end of the Rachel Upjohn Building Atrium, also provides a wide array of educational materials, including a library that lends books, videos, and other resources.

Support for Depression during Pregnancy and Postpartum

Parenting/Newborn Care

Breastfeeding/Lactation

Husbands, Dads, and Partners

Grief and Loss Support

Public Assistance/Health Care

Support for Depression and Anxiety during Pregnancy and Postpartum

Local Support

The Postpartum Depression Support Group of Greater Ann Arbor
A grassroots support group facilitated by five volunteers who work with pregnant and parenting women. Our mission is to support women in their recovery from postpartum depression.

Online Resources

Women and Depression
A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Depression - Depression symptoms, depression during pregnancy and postpartum, and treatments.

University of Michigan Depression Toolkit
Online resource for those newly diagnosed with depressive illness, those who may be wondering whether they are experiencing depression, and those who just want to learn more about depression and related illnesses, including friends, family members and caregivers.

Postpartum Support International
Dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. They also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover. 

Postpartum Progress
The most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, with comprehensive information on PPD, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, depression during pregnancy, post-adoption depression, postpartum PTSD, depression after miscarriage and postpartum psychosis.

Parenting/Newborn Care

Local Support

Parenting in the Postpartum Wellness Clinic
The PIP Wellness Program is available to parents who may benefit from support and guidance during the first year of their child's life. Parents who may find the program helpful are those who: are feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed; have experienced stressful changes or traumatic events; want to learn more about their baby's development; have infants who are struggling with feeding, sleeping, or excessive crying; and have infants with developmental concerns or illness. If any of these describe you, and you want to strengthen your relationship with your infant, the program may be right for you.

Car Seat Safety Inspections
Research shows that as many as 90% of car seats are used incorrectly. Don't put your child at risk. Schedule an appointment for a free safety seat inspection to have a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician teach you how to properly buckle up children of all ages. For more information or to make an appointment, call the Buckle Up Hotline 734-763-2251.

Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor
Offers Infant Care classes with information and demonstrations to prepare for newborn care. Topics covered include swaddling, diapering, feeding, holding, bathing, cord care, crying, when to call a pediatrician, safety issues, sleep issues, and emotional adjustment. May be taken any time during pregnancy.

Online Resources

Zero to Three
A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Their mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.

American Academy of Pediatrics
An organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Breastfeeding/Lactation

Local Support

UMHS Breastfeeding Resources
A variety of breastfeeding resources, including classes and moms groups, are offered through the U-M Health System

Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor
The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor is committed to providing everything a breastfeeding family might need: education, community, consultations, postnatal support groups, a human milk depot for helping other babies, and select retail products.

La Leche League of Ann Arbor and Lenawee County
An international, nonprofit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to women who want to breastfeed.

Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor
Offers classes covering the basics of breastfeeding plus information on life with a breastfeeding baby, nutrition, proper latch, how fathers/partners can help, and avoiding or managing problems such as sore nipples, engorgement, nipple confusion, and mastitis. Each couple will have an opportunity to practice various breastfeeding positions. Dads/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Center for the Childbearing Year
Offers Breastfeeding Basics Classes.

Online Resources

La Leche League International
La Leche League International’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Husbands, Dads, and Partners

Online Resources

Postpartum Dads: Helping Families Overcome Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a common illness that impacts the entire family.  Without effective intervention the impacts on the mom, the children, and the entire family can be very damaging. However, in most cases, with proper treatment and support, a woman and her family can fully recover from PPD.  This website is intended to help dads and families by providing firsthand information and guidance through the experience of PPD. 

Grief and Loss Support

Local Support

Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor
Experiencing a miscarriage or the death of a newborn is a sad and difficult event. You may feel a loss of joy and hope. The Mary G. Schuman Miscarriage and Newborn Loss Support Group is for mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends- anyone affected by a miscarriage, stillbirth, early infant death, or other perinatal loss.

Perinatal Hospice and Tender Care of Washtenaw County
Perinatal Hospice is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support, education, and encouragement to families who choose to carry their dying baby to term.

Public Assistance/Health Care

  
Maternal Infant Health Program
MIHP is a program for all Michigan women with Medicaid health insurance who are pregnant and all infants with Medicaid. It is a benefit of your Medicaid insurance.  MIHP provides support to promote healthy pregnancies, good birth outcomes, and healthy infants. 

Healthy Kids for Pregnant Women
Medicaid is available to an eligible woman while she is pregnant, including the month her pregnancy ends and during the two calendar months following the month her pregnancy ends, regardless of the reason (for example: live birth, miscarriage). There is an income limit for this program. The comprehensive health care package of Medicaid benefits is available. Contact the local MDHS office in your county to apply for this program or apply on-line .

Group 2 Pregnant Women
A woman who has income that exceeds the income limit for Healthy Kids for Pregnant Women, may be eligible for Medicaid under the Group 2 Pregnant Women program. If the income is over the income limit, the pregnant woman is assigned a deductible. Persons may incur medical expenses that equal or exceed the deductible and still qualify for this program.  Contact the Washtenaw County (or your local) Department of Human Services office to apply for this program.

Maternity Outpatient Medical Services (MOMS)
The goal of the MOMS program is to provide immediate health coverage for pregnant women.  It provides outpatient prenatal coverage only.  The MOMS program is available to provide immediate prenatal care while a Medicaid application is pending. Other women who may be eligible for MOMS include:

  • Teens who, because of confidentiality concerns, choose not to apply for Medicaid, and 
  • Non-citizens who are only eligible for emergency services only

The woman must use Medicaid benefits if and when they become available. Prenatal health care services will be covered by MOMS and/or Medicaid for the entire pregnancy and for two months after the pregnancy ends. There is an income test for all persons except teens.  Contact the Washtenaw County (or your local) Department of Human Services office to apply for this program.

MIChild
MIChild is a health care program administered by the Department of Community Health. It is for the low income uninsured children of Michigan's working families.  MIChild has a higher income limit than Healthy Kids. There is only an income test. Like Healthy Kids, MIChild is for children who are under age 19. There is a $10 per family monthly premium for MIChild. The $10 monthly premium is for all of the children in one family. The child must be enrolled in a MIChild health and dental plan in order to receive services. Beneficiaries receive a comprehensive package of health care benefits including vision, dental, and mental health services. For more information and an application, contact MIChild at 1-888-988-6300 or visit the MIChild Information website .

Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)
Children's Special Health Care Services is a program within the Michigan Department of Community Health that provides certain approved medical service coverage to some children and adults with special health care needs. Children must have a qualifying medical condition and be under 21 years of age. Persons 21 and older with cystic fibrosis or certain blood coagulating disorders may also qualify for services.

Plan First
Family planning helps you decide when to have a baby. This helps you and your babies stay healthy. Family planning is more than just birth control. Family planning includes screening services that help find serious health problems, such as low blood iron, high blood pressure, and infections sooner.

Infant Mental Health Services through Community Support and Treatment Services
Provides home-based services for parents with infants up to 3 years of age who are at high risk of developing emotional, behavioral, or relationship problems. Works to assist families with multiple stressors and needs that require a combination of supports coordination, relationship-focused therapy, and activities promoting positive parent-infant interactions. Eligibility includes:  A parent has a current or significant history of primary psychiatric diagnosis;  A parent is 17 years of age or younger; A parent has a history of child abuse or neglect; A parent is currently or has a history of abusing substances; Infant is in neonatal intensive care unit; Infant has failure to thrive due to psychosocial causes; Family is otherwise deemed to be high risk due to the presence of significant stressors. Youth & Family also offers an array of services and resources to the family members of eligible children. Call (734) 544-3050 or 1-800-440-7548 to apply for services.