Sentara RMH is launching a new, free support group to provide new or expectant mothers with information about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum stress, anxiety and depression.
Meetings for the group, called UPPS and DOWNS
, will be held 7-8 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month, starting May 22, at the Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center. Pre-registration is not required.
The group is open to all pregnant or postpartum women, regardless of where they plan to or have given birth. Newborns up to 12 months old are welcome.
The group will be facilitated by Teresa Oliver, RN, a Sentara RMH lactation consultant, and Marjorie Scheikl, MSN, RN, a former Sentara RMH Family Birthplace staff registered nurse and current nursing professor at James Madison University.
A content expert will present education at the start of each meeting to help women learn more about the condition as well as tools and techniques that may help them with recovery. A woman who suffered, and recovered, from postpartum depression will be at most meetings.
Dates and topics are listed below. Note that holidays alter some dates.
- May 22—I Survived!
A survivor of 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 do pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders affect sleep?
- Aug. 28—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)
- Sept. 25—Movement and Mood Improvement
How exercise impacts pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety
- Oct. 23—Fighting the Bad Food Mood
Nutrition’s ability to help mothers with mood/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?