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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.

Eugene Day Groups – Wednesday AM

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

  • 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of each month
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • 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.

>>> Change alert: Beginning in January 2015 this group’s time will be changing to 12:30-2:00, plus bonus lunchtime snacks and drinks!

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

Babies & supportive partners welcome

  • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month
  • 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.

NICU Groups – Springfield Evening – Thursday PM

Babies & supportive partners welcome

  • 1st, 3rd & 5th Thursdays of each month
  • 6:30-7:45
  • 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. Supportive partners welcome.

  • 4th Saturday of every month
  • 10:30 am – noon
  • WellMama office – Charnelton Wellness Center, 1245 Charnelton St #7 in Eugene
  • Using public transportation? The Wellness Center is 1 block away from Eugene station.

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. This group is open to all!

WELLNESS MAMAS groups are a place to learn 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)

Q. Are Wellness Mamas groups different than support groups?

A. Yes, somewhat. Wellness Mamas groups are fitting both if you’re learning self-care skills as part of your recovery, and if you’re feeling “all better” or you’re haven’t experienced any distressing symptoms but want to learn some self-care skills. You will learn about wellness and talk more generally about issues related to self-care. There won’t be the same opportunity to share about personal experience and receive direct support as you have at support groups. Also, there is never a suggested donation at support groups, but we do request (but don’t require!) a donation for attending Wellness Mamas groups

  • 1st Saturday of every month 11 am – noon: With WellMama support group facilitator Sara Harkness and occasional guest experts
  • 3rd Saturday of every month 11 am – 12:30: With WellMama volunteer Tamara Hughes providing individual chair massage (space limited, sign up required)
  • WellMama office – Charnelton Wellness Center, 1245 Charnelton St #7 in Eugene
  • Using public transportation? The Wellness Center is 1 block away from Eugene station.
  • Free on-site childcare

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