The Village ICT

The mission of The Village is to build community awareness through advocacy and education, and to promote social support and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing throughout Southern Kansas. 

Our focus is on removing treatment barriers for those suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. These include postpartum depression and anxiety, and mental health complications related to infertility, pregnancy loss, and/or infant loss. Our work includes reducing stigma by building awareness,  improving quality care by educating mental health providers, and providing  direct service for those with limited resources. We are grounded in the belief that it takes a village to care for each other. No one should feel alone. You are not alone!

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Our Why
  • 1 in 7 Mothers experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum.

  • Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) are the number one complication of childbirth.

  • Fathers can get depressed and anxious after the birth of a child too.

  • Infertility, pregnancy loss, and infant loss can create sadness and anger that might lead to depression.

  • Many people who experience these problems do not seek help because they worry about being judged, or they simply don’t know where to go.

  • No one should suffer alone. What you are going through is understandable and treatable.

Taryn Zweygardt

LMSW; Co-founder & Director of Counseling Services & Community Outreach

Our Team
Taylor Stout

Practicum Student;

Wichita State University

School of Social Work

Payton Chavez

Practicum Student;

Wichita State University

School of Social Work

I am a Licensed Master Level Social Worker working towards my clinical licensure. I began working in Public Health in 2017 and quickly formed a passion for Maternal and Child Health. In 2018 I completed my Maternal Mental Health certificate through PSI and 2020 Mom. I am currently working on my Certification in Perinatal Mental Health, with an anticipated completion date in 2021. Through my personal experiences with Perinatal Mental Health struggles after the birth of my two children, I work intentionally to create a space for clients to safely process their journey through motherhood, without judgement, and nurture their courage to be imperfect. 

I am planning on working in the social work field because I have always wanted to empower people to live their best lives comfortably. I believe that everyone holds value and want people to recognize that. I am passionate about women’s issues as well as body image and health. I am excited to grow this year at the Village to help fulfill  my goals.

Board of Directors

I am a Master's practicum student attending Wichita State University School of Social Work. Born and raised in Wichita, I want to make connections with individuals in the community and organizations that serve them. This year I hope to build The Village's community outreach to raise awareness and serve more people living with perinatal mood disorders.

Sarah Post

LSCSW;
Co-founder & Board President

I founded The Village in 2018 after years of working with women as a clinical social worker which allowed me first hand knowledge of the many barriers women face during this period. For over a decade I have been working with perinatal mental health as a psycotherapist. My areas of specialty include perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, with emphasis on pregnancy and infant loss. As a leader in this field I found that there weren't enough resources in Wichita to adequately meet the mental health needs of women. I created The Village to meet the needs of those women and families that have been unseen and underserved.  My primary office is located in College HIll where I have my private practice. Besides therapy I also conduct trainings for professionals on topics related to perinatal mental health.

Adrianna Seward

RN; Board Secretary

As a mother and medical professional, I feel that supporting mental health is vital to our community’s wellbeing. After spending 70 days in the NICU with my youngest daughter, I’m determined to support other families who have experienced the trials of a NICU stay and traumatic births.

Helen Smalley

LMSW, LAC; Board Treasurer

After raising 5 beautiful children, I understand the importance behind this amazing organization. The Village has provided me a wealth of knowledge to help me be successful in my own private practice as a therapist when addressing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, as well as Perinatal Grief and Loss. I am hopeful the community also will continue to be educated about the importance of perinatal mental health.

Melesa Coffey

Chair of Strategic Planning Committee

I am happy to call Kansas home for the majority of my life. After venturing out to Boston for a degree in business and graduate degree in accounting, I tried my hand in consulting but ultimately found a passion for teaching math to middle and high school students. After being gone from Kansas for about ten years, I returned to pursue a Master in Curriculum and Teaching at KU. My career took yet another turn when I was blessed with the opportunity to stay-at-home full-time and now find myself busy chasing around my four crazy kids.

Becca Marsh

LMSW

I am a mom of three and a social worker with experience working with children and families within several organizations in Wichita. Both my personal and professional experience have led me to believe deeply in the importance of support families during the critical perinatal period.

Holly Montgomery

MD

I enjoy providing patient-centered care with shared decision making in my office and hope to carry that into the community for all women and mothers. I believe better education in the community will greatly benefit our patients as well as the community. Until attention is brought to and more education provided for mental health disorders affecting women and mothers, we cannot truly address the problem. 

Kaela Prall

MA

I’m a storyteller and communication professional who focuses mainly on social marketing, or marketing with the goal of creating behavior change. As a mother and mental health consumer, I love raising awareness of perinatal mental health experiences to ensure that parents know they are not alone and can find the help they need. In my spare time, I write, I play guitar, and spend time with my daughter.

Kristi McNeal

LSCSW

As a mental health professional serving in the healthcare field as well as in private practice, I am witness to the many ways that lives are touched by every day mental health concerns. Perinatal mental health needs are important for individuals throughout the lifespan and across all demographic areas. I am passionate about mental health awareness and ensuring that all are aware that they need to protect their mental health daily.

Ashton Unrein

APRN-C

I am a mom of two who has firsthand experience with all of the “feels” of motherhood. My experiences have driven me to become passionate about educating, supporting and guiding other moms. I feel that postpartum depression and anxiety is not talked about nearly enough and I am determined to “normalize” some of the dreaded conversations surrounding it. Working locally as Family Nurse Practitioner in the pediatric setting really opened my eyes to how important it is to support families, especially mothers, through the perinatal period. I once heard a quote "If you mother the mother, then you mother the child" and it really stuck with me. When you see those babies for their well child check its just as important to check on the Mama as it is the baby. When I am not working I love to spend time with my family, especially outdoors! 

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Support Groups

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Groups:

*Baby Friendly. Open to any mother struggling with symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum.

Wednesdays at 10-11:00am

Thursdays at 6-7:00 pm

Phone  316-272-0072

Fax  316- 221-7139

Organization Address

315 N Hillside, Wichita, KS 67214 Suite E

Administrative/Billing Address

3310 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67208

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