Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Stress and Depression Offering Women Needed Support
This free support group is open to all pregnant or postpartum women (regardless of where they plan to or have already given birth). UPPS and DOWNS is provided in an effort to give mothers a way to learn about pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders that include stress, anxiety and depression. A content expert will present education at the start of each meeting to help women learn more about their condition and things they may try to help with recovery.
The group is facilitated by a Sentara RMH Lactation Consultant: Teresa Oliver, RN and a former Family Birthplace nurse and current nursing professor at James Madison University: Marjorie Scheikl, MSN, RN. A mother who overcame postpartum depression will be present at most meetings.
Offered the 4th Thursday each month, starting May 2014 from 7-8pm (Note: altered holiday month schedule below)
Newborns up to 12 months old are welcome. UPPS and DOWNS is open to those who speak Spanish. You will need to bring your own interpreter.
Location: Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Health Center, 2275 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg VA 22801
For more information, call Healthsource at 564-7200.
- May 22, I survived!
A mother who overcame Postpartum Depression shares her compelling story.
- June 26, We all need support
Establishing a supportive network is important for healing
- July 24, If I could only rest!
How does pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders affect sleep?
- Aug 28, Movement and Mood Improvement
How exercise impacts pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety
- Sept 25, I will never be myself again
Feelings of loss associated with pregnancy/childbirth (loss of self or loss of dreams about what being a mom will be like)
- Oct 23, Fighting the Bad Food Mood
Nutrition’s ability to help mothers with mood and anxiety issues feel better
- Nov 20, To Breastfeed or Not To Breastfeed
Pros and cons of breastfeeding when experiencing stress or depression
- Dec 18, Why am I feeling this way?
What do we know about why some pregnant or postpartum women experience stress, anxiety and/or depression?