VALPARAISO — Porter Regional Hospital will offer the following support groups in January:
Beyond the Baby Blues
Porter Regional Hospital has teamed with local organization Beyond the Baby Blues to offer mothers facing post-partum 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 5-6:30 p.m. May 31 in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6, or from 6 to 8 p.m. May 31 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. May 25 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. May 25 at the Duneland Family YMCA at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. Call (219) 983-8355.
Women’s Cancer — Hope & Healing
Hope & Healing assists women coping with cancer, whether newly diagnosed or a long-term survivor. The group offers emotional support, information, education and guest speakers. It also provides the opportunity for individuals to share their unique concerns and feelings brought on by cancer. The Hope & Healing support group meets on the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 9 at Fagen Pharmacy, 3400 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. Call (219) 983-6128.
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. May 18 at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso. Call (219) 309-6116.
Breastfeeding Support Group
No meeting this month due to the Memorial Day holiday.