MHAme Empathy Circles
There can be great healing when you connect with other women that are experiencing PMAD symptoms. Our empathy circles provide support to uplift a new mother through a difficult time and connect women to a caring community where they can be understood. We are naturally attuned for connection as humans and this kind of support can help us feel stronger, reducing hopelessness, loneliness, stress, anxiety and depression. Studies validate the efficacy of empathy groups as a means of social support and a level of care that promotes a person’s well being.
Come, connect and feel support of other mothers.
**Effective September 9th, 2017, all support groups are now held at Maine Medical Center locations in Portland and Falmouth**
Upcoming Support Groups:
Portland- Groups are held on the second Saturday of each month at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102; groups meet at the Family Birth Center, East Tower Classroom 1, located on the ground floor. Free parking is available in the Visitor Parking Garage on Congress Street.
- Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 10:00am
- Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 10:00am
- Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 10:00am
- Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 10:00am
Falmouth- Groups are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except as noted below) at Maine Medical Center- Falmouth Campus, 5 Bucknam Rd, Falmouth 04105; groups meet in the Learning Resource Center on the first floor. Parking is free.
- Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 10:00am
- Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 10:00am
- Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at 10:00am
Frequently Asked Questions about MHAme's Empathy Circles
What is an Empathy Circle?
An empathy circle is an opportunity for giving and receiving empathy based on the model of Nonviolent Communication ("NVC") and the NVC definition of empathy. When we provide empathy for one another, we accompany them as they explore and express what they are experiencing in their own words and their own way. A person requesting empathy could even choose to be silent and simply have the group's silent empathic presence.
How much does it cost to attend an MHAme support circle?
Nothing- our circles are open to all mothers and free of charge.
Do I need to sign up in advance for an MHAme support circle?
No- anyone in need of support is welcome to attend any session.
Who leads the support circle?
Our circles are facilitated by trained volunteers. We are women and mothers just like you - many of us have experienced a PMAD in the past and want very much to offer our support, as other women also supported us through our own PMAD.
Our facilitators are not licensed therapists- we are here for peer support only. If anyone is in need of additional professional support, our role is to provide that person with resources for additional help before leaving the circle.
Can I bring my baby to a support circle?
Yes. You are welcome to bring your infant with you, however, we do not provide childcare at this time. If possible, we encourage you to seek a caregiver for your child while attending our group as this will help you get the most out of your time with us.
Where can I park?
The University of Southern Maine has a public parking garage on Bedford Street, which is free of charge. The building in which we host our support groups is just a short walk from the garage.