www.sparks.orgS.P.A.R.K.S Center in Brooklyn NY offers hope and concrete services to women and families struggling with Postpartum Depression. S.P.A.R.K.S Center, developed by a core of community leaders passionate about preventing, detecting, and treating women who develop perinatal mood disorders, is making astounding inroads and setting high standards for community based PPD programs. Founded by Esther Koenigsburg to end suffering and offer accessible affordable help, SPARKS has rapidly acquired the reputation for expedient, compassionate and stigma reducing help.
S.P.A.R.K.S stands for Serving Pre and postnatal women with Awareness, Relief, Knowledge and Support. This mission is realized through a series of innovative services which cover the full spectrum of a family’s psychosocial needs.
S.P.A.R.K.S motto states: “The hope and dream of every parent is to raise their children in a healthy home and environment." To that end, SPARKS’ mission is to provide mothers and families, who are struggling and suffering the preventable pain of PPD, with the proper care they deserve, making this dream a reality.
Upon learning that: more than one in eight new mothers is afflicted with Postpartum Depression (PPD); the barrier of shame that leads to dismissal of severe symptoms by the woman and her family which can result in tragic or fatal consequences; the confusion, chaos and heartbreak in the immediate family which can disintegrate marriages and families, SPARKS has mounted a comprehensive attack on the ravages of PPD which includes the following:
1. SPARKS values each woman’s uniqueness and need for privacy. Each situation is approached with the utmost sensitivity and expertise.
2. SPARKS has established a vast network of licensed psychiatrists and social workers who have been specially trained to help women throughout the perinatal period.