Three local leaders share thoughtful messages with us about supporting pregnant people.
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Welcome! It can be overwhelming to be pregnant or a parent of a new baby, remember you are not alone. The following summary from Author Terra LaRock, provides a picture into how many moms often feel. We may love our baby, or love the idea of being pregnant, but still experience sadness and gloom. You are not alone in your thoughts when they become desperate, gloomy, or sad.
While pregnant, or after delivering your baby, people may ask you “Isn’t it great?” or “Don’t you just love being a mom?” While their intention is to show enthusiasm and support these simple questions can challenge us, making us question if we should be happier, more put together? It is important to reach out to neighbors, friends, people you work with. You may just find that they too remember how hard it can be. They may remember days of exhaustion, uncertainty, isolation, and worry. As Terra LaRock recalls, “Sleep does gets better, but as a mother, there will always be a sense of darkness that appears and fills your thoughts with doubt. It may not come frequently and the good will certainly outlast and outshine the bad, but it is there. Those words, so deep and true to me in the moments, helped walk me through a low point with the assurance that I was not alone, and that I would survive.”
We do not offer crisis management services. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For additional safety information, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
- Fairbanks (and Statewide) Crisis Line
- Careline Crisis Intervention: 907-452-Help (4357) or 1-877-266-Help (4357)
- Kenai – Central Peninsula Counseling Services Crisis Line: 907-283-7511
- Wasilla – Serving Mat-Su Valley Residents
- Mat-Su Health Services Crisis Line: 907-376-2411
- Alaska Division of Public Health Comprehensive Resource List
- PSI-AK Alaska state chapter of Postpartum Support International
- Anchorage numbers: 212-2065 or 212-4940
- Open support group at Providence Medical Center Mondays 11am -noon
- Providence Pregnancy Information and Resources
- Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
- Women’s Care of Alaska: Post-Partum Depression