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Navigating Tricare

TRICARE is the health care program for uniformed service members, retirees, and their families around the world. Unfortunately, not many mental health providers accept TRICARE, making it tough for moms with PMADs to get individual counseling.

Self-Care and Self Kindness

New mothers need to recover from the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. While some women bounce right back, most new mothers are exhausted and overwhelmed, struggling to gain some control over their body and their baby.

Expanding Services

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

Screening

Today (May 30, 2018) the American Cancer Society recommended new guidelines for screening for colon cancer, which comes after research showed that adults younger than 50 were experiencing increasing rates of colon and rectal cancer.

Thank You Junior Women’s Club of Williamsburg!

Many thanks to the Junior Women’s Club of Williamsburg for awarding a grant in May 2018 to PSVa to provide supplies for our support group leaders in Williamsburg. PSVa leads two support groups in Williamsburg:

Tully

I recently went to see the movie Tully with friends Benta Sims (PSVa Board member) and Lydia Anderson (PSVa volunteer) and wanted to share a few thoughts. Is Tully a comedy? No, in no way is Tully a comedy. While there are moments that make the viewer laugh, Tully is...

HELP

The way we (don’t) talk about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders is so unfair to women experiencing them. Generally speaking, we take a hands-off approach, not talking about these issues even though they are the MOST COMMON complication of pregnancy and...

Breast is Best

“Breast is best” is a nice slogan with a catchy rhyme and good cadence. Fortunately, many new mothers and their babies find that breastfeeding is easy and natural. However, some women find breastfeeding to be difficult, painful, or unpleasant.

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important, least expensive, most effective aspects of recovery from a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. In general, most healthy adults need 7-9 hours of sleep to function at their best. Sleep occurs in phases, and interruptions to the...

May the Sun Shine on You Today

Every once in a while, I see a greeting card that sums up a sentiment perfectly. Here’s one that I’ve had hanging on my bulletin board for several years. I smile every time I look at it. What makes it so “perfect”? First, it is short and sweet.

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