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WellMama offers 5 pregnancy and postpartum depression support groups every month in Eugene and Springfield and 2 prevention & skills-oriented Wellness Mamas groups in Eugene. Groups are small and intimate, with about 2-5 women attending each session. Trained “support mamas” facilitate each group and share information about prevention and wellness. Facilitators answer questions without giving advice.

Support people, including partners, and babies under a year are welcome at all meetings. Some groups are kid friendly and some provide childcare – check details below. Mats, toys, and blankets are provided. Attendees receive resource packets with helpful information at their first support group.

Legend:

RegYellow = Regular support groups: For people who self-identify with pregnancy or postpartum depression and/or anxiety at any level and their partners or other support people

SpecialPurple = Open groups: These group are targeted toward pregnant and postpartum families but are focused on prevention & wellness skills so are open to anyone

NICUBlue = Closed NICU groups: These groups are closed to people who are on bedrest and to families with past & present NICU experience and their partners and support people

6 group workbook series – Eugene Day Group – Fridays
The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook Group

When: Fridays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm with WellMama volunteer Starr Amrit facilitating

Where: WellMama Office - Daisy’s Place – 1244 Lawrence St. in Eugene (moved due to an emergency at previous location.) Parenting Now! (formerly Birth to Three) – 86 Centennial Loop in Eugene

Using public transportation? LTD route 13 comes closest route with stops nearby for routes 12, 67, 91, 96 & 66.

  • January 16th
  • January 23rd (last date to join group without facilitator approval)
  • January 30th
  • February 6th
  • February 13th
  • February 20th
  • February 27th

As a set group of participants, we will go through the chapters and exercises of the books together discussing our experience and sharing insights. If you do not have the book already and are not able to obtain a copy, you may request one. We strongly encourage and welcome attendees to make a sliding scale donation to offset the costs, but it is not required.

About the book:

Wiegartz, P. S., & Gyoerkoe, K. L. (2009). The pregnancy & postpartum anxiety workbook: Practical skills to help you overcome anxiety, worry, panic attacks, obsessions, and compulsions. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.


Pamela S. Wiegartz, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and perinatal depression management. Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, PsyD, specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and codirects the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center. This workbook includes information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, exercises, and worksheets to help parents manage anxiety.

Eugene Day Groups – Wednesday Afternoon – Snacks provided

This group is kid-friendlyBabies, older children & supportive partners welcome

  • 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of each month 12:30 – 2:00 pm with WellMama volunteers Lillian Shoupe facilitating
  • Snacks provided (Thanks, Trader Joe’s!)
  • Parenting Now! (formerly Birth to Three) – 86 Centennial Loop in Eugene
  • Using public transportation? LTD route 13 comes closest route with stops nearby for routes 12, 67, 91, 96 & 66.

Busy Hands Knitting/Crochet (optional) Group – Springfield Evening Groups – Wednesday PM

Babies & supportive partners welcome. Kids can come if you feel they have a way to stay reasonably occupied.

  • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month with WellMama volunteer Tatiana Efremova facilitating
  • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Willamette (or Umpqua) Room of the McKenzie Willamette Hospital, 1460 G Street in Springfield – Access via East Entrance
  • Using public transportation? LTD route 18 comes closest with a stop for route 13 stops 4 blocks away.

Some people find that keeping their hands busy helps calm their mind and soothe anxieties. If you do any work with your hands – please feel free to bring it! If you’d like to learn, we’d be happy to show you. And if you’d rather not, you’re also quite welcome at the group.

ONLINE/PHONE – Join the Busy Hands Knitting/Crochet Group - Wednesday PM

  • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month with WellMama volunteer Tatiana Efremova facilitating
  • Join from 6:15 pm on so we can work out technical issues, group runs 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Skype, telephone or Facetime
  • Participate by text chat (Skype chat window), video chat (optional), and/or audio via any phone or on Skype or Facetime.

NICU Groups – Springfield Evening – Thursday PM

Babies & supportive partners welcome, closed to families with past & present NICU experience and those on bedrest

  • 1st, 3rd & 5th Thursdays of each month
  • 6:30-7:45  >> We are working on an earlier time for this group, stay tuned
  • Conference Room 51A of Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend, access through main entrance – 5th floor
  • Using public transportation? EmX stops regularly.

WellMama Art & Wellness Groups – Saturday AM

With free on-site childcare. Babies & supportive partners welcome.

  • 4th Saturday of every month with WellMama volunteer Sara Spahn of Artgrown Studio
  • 10:30 am – noon
  • WellMama office – Daisy’s Place – 1244 Lawrence St. in Eugene
  • Using public transportation?  Daisy’s Place is 3 blocks away from Eugene Station plus bus lines 32, 33, 41, 76 & 93 stop on the block at 13th.

Artgrown Studio provides art exercises to nurture individual creativity. Through the use of art materials, those participating will be given an occasion to share common bonds and experiences. Sara Spahn, found of Artgrown Studio, has been an art mentor for twenty years. She brings experience as an art teacher, administrator, and most recently, student of art therapy.

Wellness Mamas – Saturday AM

With free on-site childcare. Babies, partners and other support people welcome.

This group is open to all. Register, as space is limited.

  • 1st Saturday of every month 10:30 am – 12: Infant Massage with WellMama Volunteer & licensed massage therapist Jess Schultz
  • 3rd Saturday of every month 10:30 am – 12: Chair massage with WellMama volunteer & licensed massage therapist Tamara Hughes and casual wellness chat with Karol Massey
  • WellMama office – Daisy’s Place – 1244 Lawrence St. in Eugene
  • Using public transportation?  Daisy’s Place is 3 blocks away from Eugene Station plus bus lines 32, 33, 41, 76 & 93 stop on the block at 13th.

WELLNESS MAMAS groups are a place to learn and practice wellness skills to aid in prevention, well-being, and recovery. They are open to anyone impacted by difficult emotions during pregnancy and postpartum. Donation suggested (but not required)

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