Mission: To provide support, information, advocacy & appropriate treatment to women who may be suffering from perinatal mood or anxiety disorders as well as mental health conditions related to all reproductive health events. We are dedicated to raising community awareness of perinatal mental health by providing education on prevention, universal screening & appropriate treatment & resources to women and the professionals who serve them.
Programs: Support Groups: WellMama provides six free support groups a month in Eugene and Springfield including a weekly daytime group at Birth to Three. Support groups are open to women and their family members and provide a safe place to share the challenges of pregnancy; early parenting, connect with other mothers, and learn tools for wellness. Babies under a year or so are welcome; toys and mats are provided. See the support groups tab under Our Services for details.
I'm most impressed with how WellMama uses funds. Their staff is insanely small - one ED who only works part-time. Everything is run by volunteers who are passionate about helping moms during the stressful and turbulent time of pregnancy (and post-pregnancy). They also work with medical professionals to make sure that women are being screened for post-partum depression and that everyone has access to helpful tools and resources!
WellMama is respectful and hopeful for all women experiencing stress and depression during pregnancy and the first year after the birth of their baby. They teach and encourage women, partners and family members throughout Oregon and the United States to be a part of the movement toward ending the shame of this temporary illness. WellMama's support groups help women to heal and often they become support group volunteer leaders themselves. Our donations are thoughtfully applied to women who need help bonding with their babies, communicating their needs, and understanding their illness and ways to feel better.