Postpartum Wellness Initiative for South Jersey
No matter how well prepared or how much you looked forward to pregnancy and childbirth, unexpected “highs” and “lows” can occur. Physical and emotional changes during pregnancy and after childbirth can make you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster. It's not uncommon. People of every age, income level, social status and ethnic background can develop a perinatal mood disorder. Finding the right support for you is key to feeling like yourself again.
SERVICES FOR CONSUMERS
Postpartum Wellness Initiative for South Jersey provides a collaborative approach with callers to discuss how they’re feeling, their supports and to come up with a plan to feel better. After this initial phone call, clients can expect follow-up for up to a few weeks. Program staff can answer questions, provide support and help women to navigate the system of care to get into the right treatment for them.
Individuals can access the comprehensive program services offered by Postpartum Wellness Initiative by calling the Postpartum WelIness Initiative warmline at 856-675-5295.
The warmline is a free, confidential telephone call back service. The warmline is especially useful to anyone whose healthcare provider does not currently participate in the web-based Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) screening process. Calls are returned during regular business hours (9 AM – 4 PM) Monday – Friday. The team is not available on weekends or holidays.
Postpartum Wellness Initiative is not a 24/7 emergency service. For immediate assistance, please refer to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
SERVICES FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
In addition to staffing our warmline during regular business hours, Postpartum Wellness Initiative partners with local ob/gyn offices, pediatricians and primary care physicians to provide perinatal mood disorder follow-up for clients who take the EPDS screen in the office setting. This allows providers in the south Jersey region to have peace of mind in ensuring clients are offered support and services in the perinatal period. If your office is interested in partnering with our EPDS screening database, call our warmline at 856-675-5295.
IN-PERSON SUPPORT GROUPS
Postpartum Wellness Initiative oversees group support for individuals who are at risk for developing perinatal mood disorders. There are a range of support groups tailored to the needs and concerns of new parents.
Postpartum Wellness Initiative works in cooperation with facilities that sponsor support groups in South Jersey. These group meetings offer individuals a safe environment to talk openly to other parents and share their experiences. Professional facilitators with specialized training in identifying perinatal mood disorders guide the discussion. Each group is free and participants can join at any time.
To attend a meeting, call the phone number provided in the list below. Be sure to call first as meeting times and locations are subject to change.
For more general information on support groups, email us at PWI@snjpc.org.
TLC for Moms
Wednesdays | Noon - 1:30 PM
100 Bowman Drive, Garden Level Conference Room
Voorhees, NJ 08043
For more information, call: 866-380-2229
Tuesdays | 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Inspira Fitness Connection
1430 W. Sherman Avenue
Vineland, NJ 08360
For more information, call: 856-641-7538
Share - Support - Learn
Mondays | 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Kennedy Health and Wellness Center
405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
For more information, call: 856-582-3098
ONLINE PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT
Postpartum Wellness Initiative has joined with Smart Patients to improve regional access to an online community for postpartum individuals. This forum is an anonymous environment for peer-to-peer sharing among new parents who may be experiencing anxiety or depression.
Learn more about postpartum depression and other available resources by following the links below.