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Illinois

Resource Guide

WELCOME TO THE ILLINOIS RESOURCE PAGE FOR PSI. We are glad you found us. This page lists the PSI Coordinators and other area resources such as groups, telephone support, and reliable services that are available for no charge. We also list local events, trainings, and volunteer opportunities.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR PSI COORDINATOR: PSI Coordinators offer caring and informed support and resources to moms and their families. They also provide information and resources for area providers who are caring for pregnant and postpartum families. Please don’t hesitate to contact us; we want to hear from you. You will see the term “perinatal” in these pages. We use perinatal to mean the time during pregnancy, birth, and through the first year postpartum.

PSI SUPPORT COORDINATORS

AMY EISENBERG & KATIE KMIECIK
773-726-9361 TEXT OR CALL

Katie@PostpartumWellnessCenter.com

NICOLE WOODCOX BOLDEN
NE IL: DuPage County Area
312 600 7441 TEXT OR CALL
Nikkibpsichicago@gmail.com
Nicole is on leave until January 1, 2019. Please contact Amy & Katie (above) for help.

Ruthanne Henry
NW IL: Rock Island, Mercer, Henry
309-737-6309 TEXT OR CALL
seasonsofchangeqc@gmail.com
Ruthanne is on leave until January 1, 2019.  Please contact Amy & Katie (above) for help.

Katie Olson
NW Suburbs
224-650-8898 TEXT OR CALL
mommewellness@gmail.com

Marit Watson
West Central IL
707-474-8805 TEXT OR CALL
MWatson.PSI@gmail.com


ILLINOIS EMERGENCY RESOURCE GUIDE:

In an emergency: PSI is a volunteer organization devoted to providing social support and resources to women and their families. We will return your call or email as quickly as we can, but we can not provide an immediate response in an emergency. If you do need immediate assistance, please use one of the following resources now:

EMERGENCY: 911

SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

NorthShore MOMS Line
1-866-364-MOMS (866-364-6667)
The NorthShore MOMS Line is a free, confidential, 24/7 hotline staffed by licensed counselors who can help you find the information, support and resources you need to feel better. You don’t have to be in crisis to call.

 


SUPPORT GROUPS

The following groups offer support at no charge for women who are at risk of or are experiencing distress such as isolation, depression, anxiety, fearful thoughts, insomnia, trauma, and other difficulties during pregnancy or postpartum. Support groups provide a safe and caring place for connection and recovery. Please call or email for more information.

Perinatal Support Group
Mercyhealth Hospital, Rockford, IL
Mercyhealth Outpatient Social Work Department
Telephone: 815-971-SWSW (7979)

Mom2MomDG
Downers Grove
Meeting dates:  First and third Tuesday of each month, from 10:30 am to
12:00 pm. We also meet on the second Saturday of each month, so that spouses,
families, or support people can join in the discussion as well. We ask that you RSVP in
advance to ensure meeting times and dates (No walk-ins please, as the schedule may
change).
All groups meet at:
First United Methodist Church
1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, 60515
Please contact a group facilitator for more information and to RSVP:
Sophie Bowerman (630) 745-8118
Lara Vazquez (630) 632-8131
Email
Mom2MomDGFlyer

MOTHERS MATTER
Davenport, IA/Rock Island/Moline, IL/Quad Cities Area
Time: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Contact: Linda Crownover-Inch
Email: lcrownoverinch@sbcglobal.net
Telephone: 309-737-9255
Lap babies are welcome!
https://www.facebook.com/events/853140531437333/

Beyond the Baby Blues
Evanston
Beyond the Baby Blues is a free six week, professionally led, therapeutic support group for women who are experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. The focus of the group is on regaining feelings of confidence and competence and feeling like your self again. Babies are included as well as brunch or lunch. A mother-baby yoga session and a couples session are also included in each series. Currently groups meet Wednesday mornings or afternoons and a Saturday morning group is being planned to begin in Fall 2016. We also have a prenatal group in the evening. Please see contact below.
Email: beyondthebabyblues@gmail.com
Website: www.beyondthebabyblues.org/
Telephone: 847-864-7957

Polish Support Group “Motherhood and I”
Elk Grove Village

Pregnancy and motherhood are usually the most joyous time for women but this is also a time of many changes and stress in a woman’s life which can lead to anxiety and/or depression. In our group, women will have the opportunity to share their feelings, experiences and concerns.
The purpose of the Polish support group is to offer emotional support in this crucial stage of life, empathy, a place to talk and share experiences in a safe and friendly environment. Our support group is free of charge and mothers are welcome to bring their babies.
The group will meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., starting January 2018 at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, 800 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village 60007 in Conference Room 4. For further questions or information, please contact Justyna Alegoz, LCPC at 847-981-3644.

Polskojęzyczna Grupa Wsparcia „Macierzyństwo i Ja”
Elk Grove Village

Ciąża i macierzyństwo to zazwyczaj najpiękniejszy okres w życiu kobiety, ale to także czas wielkich zmian, które mogą wyzwolić wiele różnych emocji i obaw takich jak lęk, strach, nerwowość lub depresja. W naszej grupie kobiety będą mogły dzielić się swoimi odczuciami, przeżyciami i obawami, których może wcześniej nie doświadczyły lub nie przeżyły.
Celem spotkań polskojęzycznej grupy jest wsparcie psychiczne w tym wyjątkowym dla kobiety okresie życia: rozmowa, zrozumienie, podzielenie się swoimi doświadczeniami oraz wymiana ich w przyjaznej i bezpiecznej atmosferze.   Nasza grupa wsparcia jest darmowa i matki mogą uczęszczać na spotkania grupy z dziećmi.
Spotkania będą odbywały się w pierwszy i trzeci poniedziałek każdego miesiąca od godziny 11:30 a.m. do 1:00 p.m. od stycznia 2018 roku w Alexian Brothers Medical Center przy ulicy 800 Biesterfield  Rd. w Elk Grove Village, Il 60007 w sali konferencyjnej numer 4.
W celu uzyskania dalszych informacji proszę o kontakt z Panią Justyną Alegoz, LCPC numer tel. 847-981-3644.

Nurturing Mom Group
Elmhurst Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Rd.
Elmhurst Illinois
Elmhurst Hospital Family Lounge, 3rd Floor, Main Building
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month
12:15-1:30 pm.
This group is designed for new and expectant mothers who may be experiencing any issues related to the transition to the role of motherhood.  Babies are welcome and registration is not required.
Contact: Linda Huelke-pfleger at 630-305-5086.

La Maternidad y Yo
Un grupo de apoyo en español para las nuevas mamás y/o aquellas mujeres embarazadas que pueden estar experimentando síntomas de ansiedad y/o depresión, durante el embarazo, o después del parto. Este grupoproporciona las madres hablantes españolas con un lugar para hablar, escuchar y compartir experiencias relacionadas con la transición a la maternidad.
El grupo se reunirá el 2° y 4° lunes de cada mes, de 6:30p a 8:00p, en el Alexian BrothersMedical Center, 800 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village, en la Sala 4.
Nuestro grupo de apoyo es gratuito, y las madres son bienvenidas a traer a sus bebés.
REQUIERE REGISTRO: Deja un mensaje de correo de voz a 847-755-8447, indicando su asistencia, por lo menos 24 horas antes de la reunión.
Si tiene alguna pregunta acerca del grupo de apoyo, por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto con Natasha Varela, LCPC llamando al 847-755-8447 o escribiendo por correo electrónico aNatasha.Varela@amitahealth.org

 Motherhood and I
A Spanish language support group for new and expectant moms who may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression, during their pregnancy and postpartum. This group provides Spanish speaking mothers with a place to talk, listen, and share experiences related to the transition into motherhood.
The group will meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, 800 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village, in Conference Room 4. Our support group is free, and mothers are welcomed to bring their babies.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Leave a voicemail message at 847-755-8447, indicating your intent to be in attendance, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

NorthShore MOMS Line
1-866-364-MOMS (866-364-6667)
The NorthShore MOMS Line is a free, confidential, 24/7 hotline staffed by licensed counselors who can help you find the information, support and resources you need to feel better. You don’t have to be in crisis to call.

PPD Alliance of Illinois
The PPD Alliance is a state-wide non-profit organization that increases awareness and support for women and their families experiencing pregnancy & postpartum mood disorders.
847-205-4455
All our service are FREE and we offer:
.  Workshops for new moms on self-care and navigating the transition to motherhood.
.  Information about the symptoms of different types of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders,
what helps women to feel well again and how to choose an experienced healthcare professional if you need one.
.  Our telephone and email support volunteers are women who have experienced pregnancy or postpartum mood disorders themselves and they provide peer-to-peer support to help you know you are not alone.
For more information please visit www.PPDIL.org

Nurturing Mom’s Support Group
Naperville, IL
A support group for new and expectant Moms (babies welcome!) who may be experiencing anxiety, difficulty sleeping, or any issues related to the transition to parenthood. This group is led by a certified perinatal clinical therapist.
Times: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 11:45 AM
Location:
815 South Washington St. (Our Savior’s Luthern Church – next to Edward Hospital Emergency Department)
Fee: None
Telephone: 630-527-6363    Website: http://www.edward.org/postpartumdepression

Family Time Support Group
Naperville, IL
This is a support group for new Moms, Dads, Partners, Grandparents( & babies!). All family members are welcome. Learn about perinatal mood disorders, how these can affect the entire family, as well as how to lend meaningful support at this important time. This group is led by a psychotherapist/post- doctoral fellow who is also a certified perinatal mood disorders specialist.
Time: 12 Noon First Saturday of each month
Location:
6010 Route 53, Suite B, Lisle Il 60532
Fee: None
Contact: Nina Appadurai (630) 849-5155

Postpartum Connections Support Group
Winfield

Central DuPage Hosptial
25 N Winfield Road
Winfield, IL 60190
Telephone: 630.933.1964
Contact: Stephanie Krantz, RN, IBCLC
Email: stephanie_krantz@cdh.org

Dealing with Feelings
Springfield, IL
Bi-monthly support group that is a safe place where moms will find
support, comfort and encouragement. This is not a therapy group but
an outlet for moms to connect with other moms experiencing feelings
of sadness, anxiety, confusion, depression, anger and a general feeling
of being overwhelmed.
Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday 12:30PM-1:30PM
Meeting Location: NICU Classroom on the 4th floor of the HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital
Fee: None
For more information contact Beth at (217)415-5690 or email ealafata@aol.com
or call the Parent Help Line at (217) 544-5808 or (888) 727-5889. or email Elizabeth.krah@hshs.org

Cadence Health Delnor Hospital in Geneva
We offer our free Postpartum Connection Support Group every Tuesday from 10:00-11:30. We also offer Postpartum Connection for our Spanish speaking mothers every Monday from 10:00am-11:00am at our Central DuPage Hospital campus in Winfield. Cadence Health recognizes that perinatal mood disorders are a common challenge for many women. Our Postpartum Connection Support Group provides new mothers with the supportive intervention as well as social support from other mothers that is crucial during this time of transition. If you are experiencing any of the perinatal mood disorder symptoms, our facilitators are specially trained to help and support you. Children are always welcome.
Contact: Stephanie Krantz, RN, IBCLC
Telephone: 630-933-1964

Cadence Health Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield
We offer our free Postpartum Connection Support Group every Wednesday from 11:00am-12:30pm and Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Cadence Health recognizes that perinatal mood disorders are a common challenge for many women. We also offer Postpartum Connection for our Spanish speaking mothers every Monday from 10:00am-11:00am. Our group provides new mothers with the supportive intervention as well as social support from other mothers that is crucial during this time of transition. If you are experiencing any of the perinatal mood disorder symptoms, our facilitators are specially trained to help and support you. Children are always welcome. Please feel free to contact Stephanie Krantz at stephanie_krantz@cdh.org. Tel: 630-933-1964

Support Groups at St Alexis Medical Center Hoffman Estates
Location:
St. Alexius Medical Center
1555 Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60194
Fee: none
Telephone: 847-755-3220
Contact Lita Simanis, LCSW at 847-755-3220
Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression/Anxiety Support Group
Meets 3 times per month in the evening
Pregnancy and Postpartum Couples Support Group
Meets every other month in the evening

Surviving To Thriving
Bloomington 

Peer to Peer Support Serving pregnant and new moms in the first year postpartum.
Meets the first Saturday of every month
9:30am-11:30am
OSF St. Joseph Business and Conference Center Room 3
2200 East Washington Street
Bloomington IL
Call/text Nicki or Gina for details 815-310-0637 or email s2tmoms@gmail.com
http://survivingtothriving.thebloomfoundation.org/

 

RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH STUDY at Rush University Medical Center:
Transcranial magnetic simulation for Postpartum Depression
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms before or after the birth of your child?
• Depressed mood nearly everyday
• Feelings of guilt
• Feeling anxious
• A sense of being overwhelmed or unable to care for your baby
• Feelings of inadequacy, and of being a failure as a mother
• Difficulty bonding with your baby
We are currently seeking women who have been diagnosed with Postpartum Depression for an experimental research study using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to treat Postpartum Depression. TMS is an FDA-approved, non-invasive medical treatment that has been used to treat clinical depression in thousands of patients. It has also been studied by researchers for 20+ years. You must be at least 18 years old and in good physical health.
Participants will receive study treatment at no cost. Patients will also receive a stipend for travel or childcare costs. For more information about the study, please contact:
Kumail Hussain, research coordinator
Telephone: 312-942-7272
kumail_hussain@rush.edu


EVENTS

Upcoming PSI 2-Day Certificate Training

March 27-28, 2019
Champaign, Illinois
Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA; Katie Kmiecik, MA, LCPC; TBA, MD
NEW – March 29, 2018 — Advanced Psychotherapy Training!
Learn more and Register for the Champaign Training


 

 

Being with Baby: A 5-week workshop series on parenting
young babies from the heart

Being with Baby is a 5-week series designed to help women build confidence in their parenting skills and wisdom, bond with their babies, and equally importantly, develop a sense of community with other new moms. It is not a typical support group: the participants are moms and babies, the group involves education and exploration of healthy attachments, teaches the practice of infant massage and explores vital questions related to infant communication and the relationship between mom and her baby.

Location: Wildflower Center for Emotional Health
820 N. Orleans St Suite 206
Chicago, IL 60610
Contact: Aga Grabowski, LCSW at (312) 809 0298
For more information, please visit: www.wildflowerllc.com

Flyer – Being with Baby

Being with Baby is offered throughout the year. Please inquire about specific dates and times

 

 

 

Please contact the PSI Office if you would like to list an event here.

UPDATES:

If you are aware of a perinatal resource for families that is not listed here, if a current listing needs updating, or if you would like to apply to be listed here, please contact us.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

PSI is run solely by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Wendy Davis with any questions.

 

Postpartum Support International.