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"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

Learn the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety and how to ask for help

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: Keywords: Bemidji Childbirth

Lake Country Associates Bemidji


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.

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.


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

Beltrami County Family Health: Family Home Visiting


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.,is%20available%20at%20no%20cost


First Steps to Healthy Families


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.


Northwoods Pregnancy Center


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.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center (NWICDC): Waaziswan


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.

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

Malissa Kerr  218-358-0313

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


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.

Bemidji Schools Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)


Offers several classes for parents and children birth to five


BICAP Head Start: Prenatal to Five 


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.

Oshki Manidoo


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


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.


Leech Lake Early Head Start Program


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



Red Lake 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.

Postpartum Support International

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota

Postpartum Support International (Postpartum Psychosis Specialists)

Gina Gerdin  617-918-7659 (call or text)

Felice Reddy 919-213-0537 (call or text) 

Community Supported Postpartum

The Blue Dot Project Maternal Mental Health campaign

Hear Her Campaign

Anxiety in New Fathers may be More Common Than Previously Reported

Anxiety and Depression in New Dads

Leech Lake Resources

Red Lake Resources

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Would you like printed copies of this handout to share with your families or colleagues? 

We would like to thank the amazing women who made this campaign possible with their hardwork, passion, and dedication.

Kami Kelm, Beltrami County First Steps to Healthy Families

Malissa Kerr, Your Journey Birth Services

Miranda Carlson, Beltrami County Family Health 

Cynthia Kantos, Sanford Health

Dr. Johnna Nynas, Sanford Health 

Autumn Graber, Sanford Health 

Jessica Niemi, Lake Country Associates

Sally Christensen, Stellher Human Services

Stephanie Holthus, The Green Stork

Dr. Lindsay Plumer, Red Lake Behavioral Health 

Heather Brandt, BICAP Head Start

Cailee Furer, Bemidji Area Schools ECFE

Gretchen Johannsen-Anderson, United Way of the Bemidji Area

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