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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.

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PSI SUPPORT COORDINATORS

ILLINOIS SUPPORT COORDINATOR: LITA SIMANIS
Telephone: 847 755 3220
liffa@comcast.net

 


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)


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.

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.
All our service are FREE and we offer:
.  Workshops for new moms on self-care and navigating the transition to motherhood.
.  A monthly support group for pregnant and postpartum moms.
.  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 Anxiety/Depression Support Group
Times: Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location:
Family Network, a non-for-profit, family focus center
330 Laurel Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Contact: Dr. Susan Benjamin Feingold, facilitator
Telephone: 847.831.7731 (PPD)
Six week PPD support group where women can meet and help each other in a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Door of Hope is a self-help group for women experiencing postpartum anxiety and/or depression. We seek to provide mothers with a place to share experiences, discuss problems and obtain support in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere. Our goal is to educate and empower moms, giving them hope as they move through the process of recovery.

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

P.A.S.T. Postpartum Adjustment Support Team Oak Lawn
“I will get past this”
First and third Tuesday of the month
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (meetings begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.)
Location:
Advocate Christ Auditorium and Conference Center
9400 S. Kilbourn, Room 0614
Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453
(Entrance off Kilbourn Ave, next to Imaging Center)
Free parking is available.
Fee: none
Telephone: 708.684.1333
The support group offers resources that will allow new mothers to become more knowledgeable about Postpartum Depression, its causes and available treatment options. This service will also give mothers the opportunity to talk, listen and share their experiences with other women experiencing similar feelings.
Website: http://www.advocatehealth.com/cmc/womensservices
Registration is not necessary to attend.
Infants are welcome. However, children can not be accommodated at this time.

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

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

June 20th, 2015,  9:00 am to 10:30 pm
CLIMB OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMES TO THE CHICAGO SUBURBS
Join me in battling the stigma of maternal mental illness at the Danada Forest Preserve on June 20th! The trail is an easy grade, 2 miles round trip, and stroller and dog friendly!  Anyone over 18 must register (it’s FREE), but all children are welcome. Proceeds benefit Postpartum Progress, a 501c3 online support community.
When:  June 20th, 2015,  9:00 am to 10:30 pm
Where: Danada Forest Preserve, East Trail (3S501 Naperville Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189)
Climb Leader:  Lara Vazquez (laravv@comcast.net)
To register or donate, please follow this link:
https://www.crowdrise.com/larabuckvazquez-COTD2015

 

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.