Breastfeeding Support Group
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to nourish your baby and provides many benefits. Summa Health System’s free Breastfeeding Support Group is designed especially for you and your baby. Join Summa Health System’s childbirth educators and certified lactation consultants to discuss your questions and concerns about breastfeeding your baby. In addition, the support group gives you the opportunity to interact with other breastfeeding mothers to share your concerns, ideas and successes, as well as the opportunity to weigh your baby to further evaluate her/her progress.
Breastfeeding support group at Summa Akron City Hospital meets every Monday, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. in Professional Center North, 75 Arch Street, Suite B-3 (basement). Free parking is available. Please bring your parking stub to the group to be validated.
Breastfeeding support group at Summa Barberton Hospital meets every Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the medical building at 201 Fifth Street NE, Suite 13. Free parking available in parking deck next to the medical building (across the street from the hospital). Please bring your parking stub to the group to be validated.
For more information, call (330) 375-4271 or (800) 237-8662.
Postpartum Support Services
What does postpartum depression look or feel like? If you have recently experienced any of these symptoms, you may want to consider counseling from a Summa behavioral health specialist for further evaluation of your situation.
- “Blue” or “down” mood: having feelings of tearfulness/hopelessness or feeling empty inside
- Anxiety or agitated feelings
- Loss of pleasure in either all or most of your daily activities
- Appetite and weight changes: usually a drop in appetite and weight, but sometimes the opposite
- Sleeping problems: usually trouble with sleeping, even when your baby is sleeping
- Noticeable change in how you walk and talk: can be restlessness or sluggishness
- Extreme fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Thoughts about death or suicide: possible fleeting, frightening, or fearful thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Physical symptoms may include rapid heartbeat, dizziness/shakiness, chest pain, headaches, breathlessness, or numbness
About Postpartum Support Services
This service helps mothers find their way through their feelings, fears and concerns.
A behavioral health specialist focuses on:
- Assessing women's current emotional health situations
- Monitoring the progress or setbacks
- Self-evaluating historic and current risk factors
- Education regarding the psychological and physical impact of postpartum depression on children and families
- Learning concrete tools to help minimize the potential negative impact of postpartum depression
If you have questions about our postpartum support services or need help finding other behavioral health services in your area, please feel free to contact us at (800) 237-8662.
For immediate assistance, you can contact the National Postpartum Depression hotline, 24 hours a day/7 days a week: (800) PPD-MOMS (800) 773-6667).