SNVMC partners with Postpartum Support Virginia to help new moms
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is partnering with Postpartum Support Virginia (PSVa) to help women overcome postpartum depression by providing a free peer support group for new mothers.
The support group will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 10:00-11:30 at the Hylton Education Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, 2300 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge, VA 22191. The first meeting will be Tuesday, December 11th. For information about the group, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the MOST COMMON complications of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting 1 in 5 new mothers. According to Adrienne Griffen, MPP, Founder and Executive Director of PSVa, “Left untreated, PMADs can have long-term negative impact on mother, baby, and entire family. Fortunately, these illnesses are relatively easy to diagnose and treat.”
Like Sentara Healthcare, PSVa is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It focuses specifically on addressing maternal mental health. PSVa provides support to affected women via phone, email, text, social media, and statewide network of 23 support groups. Groups are open to all women during pregnancy or first year postpartum; babies in arms are welcome. Groups provide support, information, resources, and referrals. For a complete listing of support groups, see www.postpartumva.org/support-groups.
By: SNVMC Web Team