beyond the baby blues

our mission

The mission of Beyond the Baby Blues is to provide support to women experiencing postpartum depression and related mood disorders in the context of a therapeutic group that includes their babies. We also provide support and education to the public and other professionals regarding issues that face families experiencing postpartum depression.

what we do

Beyond the Baby Blues (BBB) offers a 6-week therapeutic support group for women who are experiencing feelings of sadness, anxiety, isolation, or who are having difficulty adjusting to life with a new baby. Our goal is to create a safe and caring space that allows participants to connect with each other and regain their sense of wellbeing. Our support group is most often a supplemental service to individual psychotherapy and medication. We are happy to team with other providers to help our clients find individualized services that best meet their current needs.

who we are

BBB is located in Evanston and serves the Northshore Northern Chicago area. Our skilled therapists co-lead the groups. Group members come to us primarily by referrals from other service providers, but we will also accept self-referrals. We are a community partner of the Perinatal Depression Program at Evanston Hospital / NorthShore University HealthSystem, which, in conjunction with the State of Illinois, runs a free 24/7 hotline for women and their families to answer their questions and provide referrals to therapists and psychiatrists, 1-866-364-MOMS.

"I feel like a natural now"

"I am so grateful and thankful for this experience. At the time, I thought it was an insurmountable task, to actually drive in a car with my baby and be with her in public. I remember being resentful that she had to come. However, now I understand that it was really good for me to get used to being with her by myself. I can't begin to tell you how helpful it was to be with other moms in the same boat.

"My husband, daughter and I are doing well. I am very confident in my mothering skills and feel like a natural now."

"when I most needed the help"

"BBB had given me enormous emotional support when I most needed the help when my baby was about 2 months old. I treasured our sessions with Nancy and Paula, as the moderators, to my heart. I can't imagine how life would have been had we not got help from BBB. If anything I wish for, it would be for the moms in need to be able to find you guys and the wonderful BBB program."

"it helped me tremendously"

"I felt so lucky to have discovered the program when I did, and believe it helped me tremendously to navigate a challenging period of my life. I want to see the program continue!"