Postpartum Support Virginia is expanding services to Charlottesville!
Through partnerships with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and UVA Medical Center, PSVa is now offering two support groups in Charlottesville to help pregnant and new mothers overcome anxiety, depression, and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Each year approximately 3,600 women give birth in Charlottesville; approximately 720 of these women will experience postpartum depression and related illnesses.
Groups will be held as follows:
Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Care Center
595 Martha Jefferson Drive, Charlottesville
3rd Floor, Community Education Room
2nd and 4th Thursdays each month
10:30 am — 12 noon
Diane Sampson, Prenatal Education Coordinator at UVa, says, “These support groups are a vital part of pregnancy and postpartum care. We want women and new families to know that we are here for them, we understand and will offer support and help.” According to Laura Salvatierra, RN, support group leader at Martha Jefferson, “There is more and more need for free social support for women suffering alone with depression, anxiety, or OCD. Almost every day I meet a woman who could benefit from this kind of group. We have already seen a terrific response to the presence of this group in our community.” No formal diagnosis needed is needed to attend; both pregnant and postpartum mothers are welcome.
Funding to launch these groups was made possible by a grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.