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Adoption and Surrogacy

Although it's not as well documented as postpartum depression, Post-Adoption Depression (PADS) is not uncommon: In a 2012 study from Purdue University, between 18 and 26 percent of adoptive mothers (depending on the screening scale) reported depressive symptoms within the first year of bringing home a new baby or child. (Rates for the small number of adoptive fathers also surveyed were similar.)" Read more.

RESOURCES

The California Association of Adoption Agencies (CAAA) is a nonprofit, professional organization of over 70 licensed public and private adoption agencies. Our members:

- Are committed to placing waiting children with safe, permanent, loving adoptive families.
- Establish ethical standards for adoption policy in California
- Advocate for legislation that protects children and families.

Find a parent support group, here.

Lilliput Adoption: A private, non-profit agency licensed by the State of California. We offer foster, adoption and kinship care services in multiple counties.

Expressions of Hope: Serving foster/adopted children and the families that love them

Napa County Family & Foster Parent Association is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that advocates for Napa County foster children and their dedicated foster parents. We serve 100 foster parents and kin care providers and over 200 foster/relative children.

Circle Surrogacy

Circle Surrogacy believes in helping couples and individuals build the families they deserve. Bringing together intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors, we strive to achieve a world in which infertility and sexual orientation are no longer barriers to that dream. 

Please see our Resources Section for additional support and information related to parenthood and read more here. We hope you feel welcomed at one of our weekly mom and monthly family meetups at Las Flores Community Center. Please contact us with your feedback.

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Postpartum Depression, You’re Not Alone
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Lee Health

Postpartum Depression, You’re Not Alone

Welcoming a new baby into the world can be the happiest day of a mom’s life. But that time can be tough for women battling with postpartum depression. Dr. Rachel Wykes, an OB/GYN with Lee Health says postpartum depression is a common diagnosis that can last a few weeks after delivery. “Postpartum depression is an exacerbation of the blues and the stress. There are a ton of emotional and hormonal changes that happen and not to mention the physical changes your body is going through.” Symptoms of postpartum depression can be trouble sleeping, overly emotional, irritable, and inability to concentrate. Doctors say if the symptoms last longer than a few weeks, moms could be dealing with depression. “Less than 20 percent of women report to their doctors that they’re feeling depressed, so it’s important to really dig and assess their symptoms. What we do is screen every single woman that walks through the door, once in pregnancy and then again in postpartum with a standardized questionnaire,” said Dr. Wykes. Risk factors for postpartum depression can be having babies close together, having trouble breastfeeding, or having an unplanned pregnancy. “It’s really important for women to understand this is a medical diagnosis. This is not something that is their weakness. This is a real thing,” said Dr. Wykes. Doctors encourage moms to participate in social groups, surround themselves with supportive family and friends and make time for themselves every day. Counseling and medications can also be helpful. Anything to help moms cope and feel more connected to their baby. View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org