Postpartum Services

Out of the Blue

One in five women experience some form of postpartum emotional challenge. This does not occur because of something a mother does or does not do, and it can affect anyone. If you experience any of the following emotions, we are here to help:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling as if on an emotional roller coaster
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Withdrawn from family and/or friends
  • Disconnected from self and/or baby
  • Excessive Worry or Sadness

Providence St. Patrick Hospital offers “Out of the Blue,” a program that includes individual, couples or group therapy with a licensed psychotherapist.

Individual, couples or group therapy

Katherine Schwartz, LCSW LAC, a licensed psychotherapist, offers individual counseling, couples/family counseling and group therapy for moms struggling in the postpartum period, as well as mothers or family members affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Please call Katherine to schedule an appointment: 406-327-3022.

Missoula Baby-Bistro

Facilitated by experiences lactation consultants, we invite breastfeeding moms and families to attend and ask questions about the ins-and-outs of breastfeeding, while meeting other Missoula-area moms and babies. This free group is a collaboration of the Missoula Breastfeeding Coalition, Providence St. Patrick Hospital Family Maternity Center and Community Hospital.

Details and registration

This is a free, drop-in group; no registration required. Meets every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Missoula Food Bank (1720 Wyoming Street).

One-on-One Lactation Consultation and Support

Our Missoula Family Maternity Center is dedicated to assist you with breast-feeding, even after you return home with your newborn. A lactation specialist is available to guide you through any breast-feeding challenge that may arise as your baby grows. This includes help with healing nipples, infant weight gain, going back to work and assessing milk supply. Whatever the reason, we are here to support you through your breast-feeding journey.

Details and registration

Call Margaret Sommers, RN IBCLC, to set up a Consultation: 406-329-5340. (Available only to mom’s who have delivered at Providence St. Patrick Hospital).

Postpartum Urinary Incontinence Program

Pelvic rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy that can be very helpful for postpartum moms. Pregnancy and childbirth can damage the muscles and connective tissue of the pelvic floor, causing inconvenient and uncomfortable symptoms. The pelvic floor stretches between the pubic bone and the tailbone and cradles your bladder, bowel and uterus; its muscles enable you to keep urine and feces in, and release them when you need to. Your therapist will teach you to identify and strengthen these muscles to help you maintain your core strength and prevent incontinence.

Details and registration

Call 406-329-5883 to set up a one-on-one appointment with a physical therapist specializing in postpartum exercise.