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.

Lauren Lahn, LCP
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Sarah Post

LSCSW;
Co-founder & Board President

sarah@thevillageict.com

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.

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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.

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Shelley Basham

Treasurer

Our Team
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Taylor Stout

Practicum Student;

Wichita State University

School of Social Work

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.

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Payton Chavez

Practicum Student;

Wichita State University

School of Social Work

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.

Board of Directors
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Adrianna Seward

RN; 

Board Secretary

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Holly Montgomery

MD

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.

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. 

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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Dan Clifford

PhD

Strategic Planning Chair

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Doula and Foudner of The Wichita Birth justice Society

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Megan Webb

Fundraising Chair

Taryn Zweygardt

LMSW; Co-founder

Taryn has moved to full time private practice. We miss her here at The Village, but are grateful that she continues to provide excellent service to women in our community. She can be contacted at

Real Life Counseling.

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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

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Kansas and received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. I have previously worked in community mental health and substance abuse agencies as well as in private practice settings. I have a heart for clients that struggle particularly with postpartum depression and anxiety, birth trauma, and infant loss. 

    My experience includes working with individuals who struggle with high amounts of stress, relationship difficulties, postpartum depression, infant loss, anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma, anger management and parenting issues. 

    I am very excited to be part of the team at The Village and l am thrilled to be working with a client population that I am most passionate about.

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.