VALPARAISO — Porter Regional Hospital will offer the following support groups in July:

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

This free monthly support group is open to anyone and their loved ones living with any type of heart disease – from high blood pressure to heart failure. Led by a fellow heart disease survivor, the group offers monthly peer-to-peer encouragement and education, and serves to inspire hope and promote healthier living. The group meets from noon to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, at the Valparaiso Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation (Entrance A), 2000 Roosevelt S. The next meeting is Thursday. For more information, call 219-983-8533.

Beyond the Baby Blues 

Porter Regional Hospital has teamed with local organization Beyond the Baby Blues to offer mothers facing postpartum depression, anxiety or another perinatal mood disorder with peer support, encouragement and understanding. The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 26 in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6, or from 6 to 8 p.m. July 26 at Childbirth Melodies, 138 S. Main St., Crown Point, call 219-782-4149.

Ostomy Support Group

This group helps patients with ostomies learn from others, share concerns and talk with one of the hospital’s certified wound ostomy and continence nurses. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 27 in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6. For more information, contact Sarah Grcich at  219-309-5939 or Michele Kaplan-Jones at 219-406-0019.

Stroke Survivor Support Group

The group for stroke survivors, their caregivers, family members and loved ones offers an environment to share experiences and struggles, as well as connect with other survivors and local resources. The next meeting will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 27 in room 2100 at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. US. 6.

Our Carriage Infant Loss

Pregnancy and infant loss is an isolating, devastating experience. This support group is one of the few places where moms and grieving parents can speak the truth about the depth of their emotions and experiences, and also celebrate new milestones and breakthroughs during the grieving process. The group meets at 7 p.m. July 20 at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso. Call 219-309-6116.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Led by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, this support group provides breastfeeding moms with expert advice, counseling and mom-to-mom support. Children are welcome. The next meeting is 11 a.m. to noon July 31, in the Women & Children’s Pavilion classroom at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6, Valparaiso. No registration is necessary. Call 219-983-8543.

Cancer Support Group

Porter Regional Hospital offers a support group for those affected by cancer to provide a safe and open environment to share your experiences and struggles, and connect you with local and national resources to aid during your time of need. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is open to anyone affected by cancer, including survivors, family members, friends and caregivers. The next meeting will be from 11 a.m. to noon July 5, at Fagen Pharmacy, 3400 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. Registration is not necessary. Call 219-983-6128.

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