How We Can Help

All the PPD Alliance Services are free! We run a quarterly workshop for pregnant and new moms on the importance of self-care and a monthly support group, both in Northbrook, and email or phone support to women across the state. We also have lots of information about pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, self-help strategies as well as how to know if you need professional help. 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.

Next workshop:

Wednesday May 11th 1 – 2.30pm
3400 Dundee Rd., Suite 245,
Northbrook, IL 60062

The workshop is FREE.


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 experienceDr Allen Pregnancy & Postpartum guide 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.


PPD IL Alliance Support Group For Postpartum Depression and/or Anxiety

mom_and_baby2The PPD IL Alliance New Moms support group is designed to help new moms with children under the age of 1 year that are experiencing depression and/or anxiety.

New Moms Supporting Each Other is a FREE guided monthly support group that meets in on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10.00 am – 11.30 am

This is not a therapy or treatment group but rather a way to help moms on the same journey connect with each other. Discussions will address postpartum issues in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Please call 847-791-7722 to register for the group or click here to find out more details.

Dr Allen Pregnancy & Postpartum guideThe group is led by Dr. Sarah Allen, Director of the PPD IL Alliance, who has had extensive psychotherapy and research experience treating pregnant and postpartum mood disorders. For more information and to download a free booklet Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum Stress, Anxiety & Depression click here.

Please 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.

If it is difficult to get to our group, other support groups in Illinois are listed

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 our warmline 1-847 205-4455 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.

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.

The NorthShore University HealthSystem keeps an updated list of support groups and healthcare providers across Illinois so please call them if you want names of professionals in your area.

Other Resources

Other Useful Illinois Resources

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.

Sweet Dreams Infant Care

Sweet Dreams Infant Care provides Chicagoland with trusted and reliable postpartum care services. Their goal is to “Rescue Sleep-Deprived Families” allowing parents the opportunity to enjoy this exciting and magical time with their growing families. Founded by sisters Pat Porrey and Pam Jones in 2009, who are moms as well, the team at Sweet Dreams Infant Care – which is hand-selected, qualified, and trained by Pat and Pam – has a passion for caring for babies.

See the range of services that Sweet Dreams Infant Care can provide at


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.