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New web-based support group for pregnant women and moms with eating disorders

February 18, 2014
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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“Lift the Shame” is the first web-based support group of its kind specifically targeted to offer support and resources to pregnant women and moms with eating disorders. The web-based support group is a free, confidential online group hosted by certified eating disorders specialist Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS, in partnership with Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, located just outside of Chicago.

“I am so excited to partner with Timberline Knolls in making this dream a reality by offering support to this unique population of clients, pregnant women and moms with eating disorders,” said group facilitator Baumann, a psychotherapist based in Newport Beach, Calif. “I’ve run other support groups for nearly six years. The needs of a mom or a pregnant woman with an eating disorder are much different than those who struggle as teens or college-age group members. There is also a huge shame factor that moms and pregnant women with eating disorders hold because they know, if they are not in denial, that their unhealthy behaviors directly affect their children or unborn babies.”

Any English speaking mom or pregnant woman with any type of eating disorder – including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating -- from anywhere in the world, can join this special online group from the privacy of her computer, iPad/tablet or smartphone.

The “Lift the Shame” support group launches live on the web on Sunday, March 9, from 4-5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). The group will be held the second Sunday of each month from 4-5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) or 7-8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).  

“We titled this first-of-a-kind web-based group, ‘Lift the Shame,’ so moms and pregnant women could seek eating disorder support and resources in a safe, confidential and non-judging environment with a community of women who share the same struggles,” adds Baumann, who herself struggled with an eating disorder with the pregnancy of her second child 27 years ago. “Shaming anyone with an eating disorder is only going to push that person to isolate and struggle in silence.” 

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