Postpartum
Emotional
Health

"This is an illness that takes away a woman's ability

to access joy... right at the time she needs it the most."

- Dr. Katherine Wisner

Portrait of Young Woman

See below for a list of perinatal health resources:

Bemidji Resources

National Resources / Articles

Sanford Health

OB/GYN: 218-333-5180

Family Medicine P) 218-333-5180 

Understanding Birth eClass 2021

Cost: 25.00

To Register for the eClass online, go to: sanfordhealth.org Keywords: Bemidji Childbirth 

https://www.sanfordhealth.org/

Lake Country Associates Bemidji

218-444-2233

Perinatal mental health refers to a birthing parent’s health throughout the pregnancy and postpartum periods. Jessica Croatt Niemi, LICSW IMH-E® (IV) is a Mental Health Professional specializing in perinatal and infant mental health.   She offers therapeutic interventions for caregivers and young children with mental health needs.  Ms. Niemi also provides mental health consultation and training to support professionals to provide quality and supportive services to families.

https://lakecountryassociates.com/jessica-croatt-niemi/

Beltrami County WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

218-333-8140 or 1-888-881-7801

WIC is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal program designed to safeguard the health of women, infants, and children up to age 5.

WIC Clinics provide nutrition education, including breastfeeding counseling and food vouchers for supplemental foods such as fruits and vegetables, cereal, whole grains, eggs, milk, baby foods, and more.

1-800-657-3942

 Beltrami County WIC office is located in the Community Service Center, 616 America Ave NW, Bemidji, MN

https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/wic/index.html

Beltrami County Family Health: Family Home Visiting

218-333-8140

Not only will you get the support during your pregnancy and early years of parenting, you will get ideas about how to care for and play with your baby. There will be information to let you know how your baby is growing and developing, and we will help you to create a safe and caring home for your child. We bring the “fun” into parenting by providing you with hands-on activities designed for your infant’s stage of life. 

https://www.co.beltrami.mn.us/departments/hhs/public%20health/Family%20Home%20Visits.html#:~:text=The%20Beltrami%20County%20Public%20Health,is%20available%20at%20no%20cost

 

First Steps to Healthy Families

218-333-8313

The goal is to help mothers/families to have a safe and healthy pregnancy to give babies the best start in life. All women have the power to have a healthy, sober pregnancy with the right support, education and services.

https://www.co.beltrami.mn.us/departments/HHS/Social%20Services/Childrens%20Family%20Preservation.html

 

Northwoods Pregnancy Center

218-444-3035

Motherhood Support Group, childcare and meal provided.

Men Rebuilt: Fatherhood Class 6-7 week class on Monday’s meal but no child care provided, new classes start in January, is Christian based but not the only focus of the class.

Earn while you learn: Program where new parents and families can attend classes and earn points to spend in the boutique.

https://bemidjipregnancyoptions.com/

Northwest Indian Community Development Center (NWICDC): Waaziswan

218-759-2022

Comprising a team of family home visitors, policy advocates and ICWA specialists, this program works collaboratively to provide one-on-one support for family preservation and family reunification. This program is centered around early intervention services with young families (under the age of 25) to promote healthy parenting. This is a strengths-based model that shares knowledge around early childhood development, education and employment planning, life skills, peer support, family planning and housing navigation and advocacy.

https://www.nwicdc.org/waaziswan

Your Journey Birth Services - Your body. Your baby. Your birth.

Malissa Kerr  218-358-0313  yjbirthservices@gmail.com

Serving the surrounding Bemidji area. 

Childbirth Educator/Doula/Bereavement Doula specializing in perinatal mental health serving families in homes, hospitals and birth centers.

 Certified Spinning Babies Parent Educator to provide support in pregnancy, labor and birth through balance, gravity and movement. 

Every woman deserves to give birth with confidence and with loving support.

“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.”

The Green Stork Doulas and Lactation Services

218-308-6818

The Green Stork is here to inspire, educate, and empower women and their families in a judgement-free way.  They provide pregnancy and postpartum support to growing families through childbirth education, doula services, lactation support, craniosacral therapy, and more.

http://www.greenstorkmn.com/

Bemidji Schools Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

218-333-3119

Offers several classes for parents and children birth to five

https://bemidji.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/getcategory/program_id/16

 

BICAP Head Start: Prenatal to Five 

218-333-9864

A school readiness program which helps families provide the best possible opportunities for their children in preparation for Kindergarten.

Programs work with families to make connections in the communities they live, support needs and set goals.

https://www.bicap.org/projects/head-start/

Oshki Manidoo

218-751-6553

The mission of the Oshki Manidoo "New Spirit" CenterTo be a healing place with a holistic approach for Native American and non-Native American youth and women to begin to embrace healthy behaviors and attitudes that will transform them, their families and communities. Offers pregnancy resources to residents. 

 

Expectant Families

218-335-8255

Enrollment packets for Expectant Families can be picked up at 16120 60th Ave NW Cass Lake MN 56633 (Leech Lake Early Childhood Development) 

Expectant Families is a program for Expecting Mothers. Many services are offered to mothers that are pregnant including; oral health education, nutrition information, regularly scheduled visits, prenatal visits, birth planning, parent education, postnatal visits, car seat education, community Resources, sleep safe education, breast feeding education/support, support to both mothers and fathers, doula services. 

This program is for all mothers and we ask that you be 26 weeks pregnant or less to join. It is not an income based program so anyone can join, and you DO NOT have to be enrolled in a tribe to join. There are incentives given for completing different aspects/visits of the program.

https://www.llboearlychildhood.com/programs/head-start-ehs/family-community-partnership/

 

Leech Lake Early Head Start Program

218-444-8480

6 weeks to 3 years 

Leech Lake Early Childhood Development offers positive indigenous parenting classes as well as a behavior management class to parents of children enrolled in their Head Start program. Enrollment packets for Head Start can be picked up at 16120 60th Ave NW Cass Lake MN 56633 

https://www.llboearlychildhood.com/programs/head-start-ehs/about-hs-ehs/

 

 

Red Lake Family and Children Services

218-679-2122

https://www.redlakenation.org/family-and-children-services/

 

Oshkiimaajitahdah (New Beginning) 

218-679-3350 or 888-404-0686

Oshkiimaajitahdah, which means new beginning in the Ojibwe language, is a tribal program of the Red Lake Nation that promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and community with funding, strategic partnerships, guidance, training and technical assistance. 

https://oshkiimaajitahdah.com/

Postpartum Support International

https://www.postpartum.net/

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota

https://ppsupportmn.org/

Postpartum Support International (Postpartum Psychosis Specialists)

Gina Gerdin  617-918-7659 (call or text)  ginagerdinpsi@gmail.com

Felice Reddy 919-213-0537 (call or text) felicereddyphd@gmail.com 

Community Supported Postpartum

https://communitysupportedpostpartum.com/

The Blue Dot Project Maternal Mental Health campaign

https://www.thebluedotproject.org/mmhweek2019


Hear Her Campaign

https://www.cdc.gov/hearher/index.html

Anxiety in New Fathers may be More Common Than Previously Reported

https://www.verywellhealth.com/new-fathers-experience-anxiety-5179226


Anxiety and Depression in New Dads

https://healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/pregnancy-and-new-parents/dadvice-for-new-dads/anxiety-and-depression-in-new-dads

Leech Lake Resources

Red Lake Resources

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If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following symptoms please contact your medical provider for immediate help or call 911 in the case of an emergency. 
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Seeing, hearing, or smelling things that are not there
  • Thoughts or beliefs that are unlikely to be true
  • Feeling suspicious or fearful
  • Behaving in a way that is out of character
  • Substantial increase in energy or decrease in energy
  • Inability to sleep 
  • Difficulty communicating or thinking clearly