With the 30% increase of our peer-led warm line calls, our amazing volunteers are what makes it possible to help so many perinatal and postpartum families from all over. Read on to get to know Jenn, Yasmeen and Emma–our three warm line volunteers!
prenatal yoga and fitness classes, childbirth education classes, seen a lactation consultant for education about breastfeeding, participated in La Leche League meeting, and read books about pregnancy and postpartum. I was encouraged by the La Leche League leader to attend PSVa’s support group, so I did. I learned about creating and developing a support system as a part of my postpartum plan…
PSVa stands in solidarity with the Black and African American community as they lift their voices in protest and shout to be heard, to demand change. We are listening to the voices of those who hurt and are grieving and understand that we must look critically into our own hearts to see the changes we must make to be part of the solution. We realize that we must do the work to be part of this revolution, to create a shared humanity, where all people are seen, heard, understood, helped and loved.
This Maternal Mental Health Month, now, more than ever we need your help to help countless mothers and their families in the greater Virginia area. Today, you meet some of the brave faces of who we have been able to help over the years. We consider ourselves lucky that we can give them the help and resources they so critically need.
And just like that, it’s 2020! Can you believe it? I certainly can’t! But even as we look to the year ahead, I am filled with gratitude to the PSVa community for all we achieved in the year we’ve left behind.
Now, if you browse through social media as I do, you’ve probably noticed quite a few people posting their “Top 9” moments of 2019. We’ve had such a memorable and successful year, seeing this made me wonder what our “Top 9” would be:
When I graduated from college, I had to choose someone to walk behind me during the ceremony and carry my “hood.” At the precise moment, these individuals would be called to place the hood over our head marking our place as a graduate. My mother was given this honor as I felt that she had seen me to this place and I knew that she would help me to move forward. It was a powerful metaphor and a right of passage that helped to mark a moment.
It is hard to believe, but Postpartum Support Virginia (PSVa) is about to enter into its second decade of working to provide awareness of, screening for and support to moms suffering from Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) – the NUMBER ONE complication of pregnancy and childbirth. There is so much to share with you as we launch our new decade, including many changes and new initiatives underway. Change is what we excel in; in fact, change is what we gently guide new mothers through as they navigate through the many challenges that perinatal transitions may cause.
I’ve thought a lot about what I carry with me since my battle with postpartum mental illness. My journey was long and my symptoms ranged from detachment to suicidality to crippling anxiety to insomnia to hallucinations and beyond.
I recall feeling so alone, afraid, ashamed, depressed, and anxious. This place of darkness scared me but it was also the place where God met me. I am embracing my life and sharing my story of hope.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the FIRST-EVER drug (brexanolone, brand name ZULPRESSO) specifically indicated to treat postpartum depression (PPD).
Kimberly Barnard-Bracey turned to a small group of women inside a room at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center on a recent weekday afternoon.
What happens to a woman’s psychological development when she becomes a mother?