One of the most persistent myths of motherhood is that it’s the happiest time in every woman’s life. For some, having a baby is actually a time of isolation and despair.
Here’s the good news: Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis is dramatically expanding its Mother-Baby Program by creating the Redleaf Center for Family Healing thanks to a $10 million donation from the Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation.
The Redleaf Center, set to open in 2020, will create additional opportunities to support pregnant and postpartum mothers, fathers and families raising young children, including integrative mind-body-spirit healing services, a childcare center, a teaching kitchen, a nutrition program and more.
“We want every new parent to know that perinatal depression and anxiety are serious — but treatable — conditions. And that no one needs to suffer alone,” said psychiatrist Dr. Helen Kim (pictured), co-founder and medical director of the Redleaf Center.
To learn the signs of postpartum mood disorders, check out this Ask the OBGYN column.