How We Can Help

We run workshops for pregnant and new moms on the importance of self-care in Northbrook, and offer email and phone support to women across the state of Illinois. Scroll down for more info on these services.

We also have lots of information about pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders on our Symptoms page and information about self-help strategies as well as how to know if you need professional help on our What Helps page.

All the PPD Alliance Services are free and our volunteers are moms, just like you and we are here to support you!

PPD IL Alliance Workshops

Emotional Wellness For Moms is a workshop for pregnant and new moms, whether first-timers or more experienced, on how to nurture yourself and emotionally prepare for the adjustment of adding a new baby to the family. Partners and babies are also welcome and the workshop is FREE.

Next workshop:

Wednesday August 17th 1 – 2.30pm
3400 Dundee Rd., Suite 245,
Northbrook, IL 60062

Call 847 791-7722 to register or click here for more information about the workshop.

The workshops are led by Dr. Sarah Allen, Director of the PPD IL Alliance, who has 20 years experience treating extensive psychotherapy and research experience treating pregnant and postpartum mood disorders.

For more information about individual, couple and family psychotherapy and to download a free booklet Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum Stress, Anxiety & Depression click here.

Dr Allen Pregnancy & Postpartum guidePlease note this workshop is for new moms and not for professionals wanting more information about treating perinatal mood disorders. Training workshops and conferences are listed under Events.

Email & Telephone Support

phone-helpOur support volunteers are all moms who have experienced either a pregnancy or postpartum mood disorder themselves and they are here to offer you:

  • Mom-to-Mom support and encouragement, and to let you know you are not alone in feeling this way.
  • Information about the symptoms of pregnancy & postpartum mood and anxiety disorders
  • Information on what helps women to feel well again
  • Information on how to choose a healthcare provider who has experience in treating perinatal mood disorders if you need one.

If you would like to have telephone support from one of our volunteers please call us on 847 205-4455 and leave a message. We aim to return calls within 24 hours.

If you prefer to contact us by email please email us at We aim to return emails within 24 hours.

Emergency & Urgent Situations

If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911 or your doctor.

If you or a family member are experiencing severe symptoms and need to speak to someone in person urgently, the NorthShore University HealthSystem hotline 1-866-364-MOMS (1-866-364-6667) is answered live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Other Resources

Other Useful Illinois Resources

A list of Support Groups around the state of IL are listed on Postpartum Support International’s website

NorthShore University HealthSystem 1-866-364-MOMS

(1-866-364-6667) hotline is answered live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week serves women and families in need of support over pregnancy, postpartum or perinatal loss. We can talk to you in any language through interpreters. Most of our referral information is for Illinois.

You are not alone. We’re here to help. You don’t have to be a patient to call.

The Fussy Baby Network

Located in Chicago, we offer telephone support, home visits, parent groups, and a Fussy Baby Clinic for families with questions about crying, sleeping or feeding during the first 12 months of their baby’s life.

Contact info:; 1-888-431.BABY answered M-F 9am to 5pm; e-mail All calls are welcome.

The Crisis Nursery

The Crisis Nursery provides short term care for children ages birth to six (6.11 years) for families who are experiencing a severe disruptive crisis such as domestic violence, parental stress, home crisis/homelessness, legal issues, family medical problem, mental health, substance use/abuse, public support/services, job/school issues or family instability.

Maryville’s Crisis Nursery provides intervention, community based resource referrals and support to families for their re-stabilization and empowerment. Children will receive 24-hour quality care for up to three (3) days depending on the needs and goals of the family. An experienced Family Advocate Worker will be available 24 hours a day to connect families with community resources to meet the health, housing or emotional needs of the families. In addition, the Family Advocate Worker is available to provide counseling to the family going through crisis as needed.

4015 N. Oak Park Ave. Bldg. B
Chicago, Il 60634
24 hotline: 773-205-3637

The Crisis Nursery is a FREE program. There is no charge associated with the use of the Nursery. Here is the link for more info about Illinois Crisis Nurseries. You can also watch Crisis Nursery: One of a Kind. Very brief, but moving.

Jennifer Mudd Houghtaling Postpartum Depression Foundation

The foundation was set up to encourage and assist hospitals in creating effective programs to identify and treat postpartum depression sufferers and to add new public education efforts.

Melanie’s Battle

Melanie’s Battle is a website devoted to raising awareness of postpartum psychosis and depression.


If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
Disclaimer: Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance (PPD IL) is not responsible for any individual member’s practice at any of these organizations and is by no means recommending or endorsing any particular organization. PPD IL is merely providing a list of resources available.