WARM LINE: SUPPORT FOR PARENTS

You don't have to figure this out on your own.  Our Warm Line was started by parents who never wanted another parent to feel alone and not know what to do.  We can help make a plan, find resources, share our stories, and just listen.

Our Warm Line offers free telephone support for all parents and their family members. The line is staffed by parents who have experienced a perinatal mood and/or anxiety disorder and have recovered fully or professionals with specialized training in perinatal mental health.

We provide warm, understanding, effective and private support. We also provide professional referrals and information about other resources in your community. Call or text today, 1-888-404-7763 or request a call back.

The Warm Line offers peer & professional support. Call or text today.

1-888-404-7763

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You are not alone. Relief can begin with a simple phone call.

Start now by calling the Warm Line at 1-888-404-7763.  Our trained staff and parent volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly.  Text and email available too (warmline (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org).  The Warm Line is answered live 9-4:30 Monday-Friday. On evenings and weekends please leave a message and we will return your call within 1-12 hours.

Support for the whole family: Partners, Dads, & Moms

NEW DAD?

Talk to another dad about your mental health needs during this period as well as gather information about supporting your partner who might be experiencing their own mood or anxiety disorder.  Ask to talk to a dad when you call the line.

SUPPORT FOR PARTNERS! 

We are experienced in serving same sex partners and LGBTQIA+ families. Call and ask for a parent or professional from the LGBTQIA+ community.

WARM LINE TEAM

Victoria Cherniak

Victoria Cherniak, Senior Warm Line Program Manager

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Victoria Cherniak (she/her), Senior Warm Line Program Manager

In addition to her work with PS-WA, Victoria is a postpartum doula supporting families as they navigate the new and ever-shifting landscape of parenthood and has been a long time board member of NAPS Doulas.

Victoria worked as a social worker before her work in the postpartum world. Her positions included the Economic Justice Project at Columbia Legal Services doing public education and policy work in Olympia focused on consumer justice issues and at the King County Bar Association, she managed two pro bono programs that served the legal needs of immigrants and people experiencing homelessness. In 2007 she received the Golden Door Award from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) for her work with the Newcomers Resource Project which trained volunteer attorneys to assist undocumented workers to recover wages employers intentionally withheld. In 1999 she received her MSW from the University of Michigan specializing in practice with communities and social systems.

Victoria lives in Seattle with her two children and dreams of summer when she can camp and backpack with her children.

Victoria.Cherniak (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

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Ada Figueroa, Warm Line Bilingual Specialist

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Ada Figueroa (she/her) Warm Line Bilingual Specialist

Ada Figueroa is coming to us from her liaison position where she passionately advocated for language access and navigation of public education systems for Spanish speaking communities in Pierce County.
As a Latina mother of two having gone through the emotional stew of parenthood, she has supported Latinx mothers through the peer support group Caminemos Juntos. She has had the opportunity to serve disabled individuals as well as implement behavioral plans for children with Autism and related disorders.
She enjoys spending time with her family, going to festivals and traveling. She is also very passionate about herbology and reviving cultural herb practices for self healing.

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Karina Saunders, Community Outreach & Training Manager

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Karina Saunders (she/her), Community Outreach & Training Manager

Karina loves people and creating spaces for connection and community-building. In both her nonprofit and higher education background, karina has advocated and created programming for bringing BIPOC students together and expanding support for people experiencing food insecurity and homelessness. In all her roles she has worked to center marginalized voices and create spaces for connection, learning, and reflection.

Karina is excited to join the PS-WA team as she navigates her own postpartum mental health journey. She is a strong advocate for the role peer support groups play in perinatal mental health and the bonus of long-term friendships that sometimes result. She's excited to join the inspiring all-star PS-WA team and support the expansion and defining of resources for people in the perinatal period. She plans to put her master's in education to work encouraging the budding perinatal support communities across Washington state.

Karina recently moved to Tacoma and when not working or figuring out mothering two little ones, you can find her running, exploring trails, or finding ways to gather people around good food. As an East Coast transplant, she's always up for discussing best pizza and marveling at the mountains!
karina.saunders (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org
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Melissa Burden, Warm Line Program Specialist

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Melissa Burden (she/her), Warm Line Program Specialist

Melissa supports Perinatal Support Washington as the Warm Line Program Specialist. She is a mother to one, and after experiencing a PMAD herself became a dedicated volunteer and patient advocate for those who are struggling through the perinatal experience. As the Warm Line Program specialist, she supports the volunteers who provide the warm support and helpful resources to parents who are struggling and need space to be held. She also answers on the Warm Line, aligning with her dedication to supporting parents. Additionally, she dedicates her time to volunteering as a facilitator of a peer-support group. She is trained in the GPS (Group Peer Support) model, and is going on 4 years of facilitating for the Village Circle (Bellingham, WA). Melissa resides in Bellingham, Washington and spends her spare time building Lego with her 4 year old, reading, and spending time with her family & friends.

melissa.burden (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

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Nathan Friend, Warm Line Dad Specialist

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Nathan Friend (he/him), Warm Line Dad Specialist

In his work on the Warm Line, Nathan Friend supports Dads and non-birthing partners to navigate the struggles of new parenthood. Nathan became passionate about perinatal mental health after his own challenges with pregnancy loss, traumatic births, and difficult newborn periods. A compassionate listener who loves cloudy days and any kind of movement, Nathan comes from white Southern farmers, Jewish butchers and three-generations of Seattlites. He lives in a vibrant multi-generational, multiracial, multilingual household with his spouse, three young children and rotating housemates.

nathan.friend (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

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Stephanie Lewis, Parent Support and Warm Line Specialist

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Stephanie Lewis, (she/her) Parent Support and Warm Line Specialist

My name is Stephanie Lewis and I am a wife , and mother to 3. I have served the African American/black community as a doula for 3 years and found my passion in supporting families as they transitioned into parenthood and the postpartum period. Shortly after attending births as a doula, I began to facilitate PEPs groups for black/african american families in my community and have a passion for holding space for families during this transitional time and offering support around resources, education and ways to pour into their wellness through parenting.

After having my last child, I had a challenging time with my mental health trying to adjust to being a mother of 3 and feeling isolated with lack of community. Over the years navigating my mental health and finding the tools and support I needed made all the difference for me. I want to be able to share and support others the way I wish I had support in such a rocky time. Being able to join PS-WA and hold space for families on the warm line and support them in finding the resources they need to create wellness for themselves is an honor. 

I have a passion for learning and exploring holistic health and wellness and teach yoga in my community. I homeschool my 3 children and love being outdoors in nature whenever I can.

stephanie.lewis (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

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Aida Juarez, Warm Line Bilingual Specialist

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Aida Juarez (she/her), Warm Line Bilingual Specialist

Aida coordinates our Spanish Warm Line, supporting our Spanish-speaking callers, developing culturally-relevant policies and procedures, and translating outreach materials. Aida joined PS-WA after attending a group peer support (GPS) training in Yakima.

For the past 20 years, Aida has been working with pregnant mothers, infants, and their families, providing brief counseling and referrals as a certified counselor and lactation specialist. She is the Social Services Department Manager at Tri-Cities Community Health, running the day-to-day operations of the department’s Maternity Support Services, WIC, Peer Counselor, and Outreach Programs.

Aida.Juarez (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

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Phoebe Suva, Warm Line MSW Intern

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Phoebe Suva (she/her), Warm Line MSW Intern

Phoebe (she/hers) is one of our Warm Line interns and a current MSW student at the University of Washington. After working in Washington, D.C. for many years in various policy advocacy spaces, Phoebe is excited to bring the lessons and knowledge she gained through movement work and her passion for Reproductive Justice, as a human right, and a framework to PS-WA. Most recently, Phoebe was the Policy Manager at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), a Reproductive Justice organization focused on building power among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls. In her role, she managed NAPAWF’s federal and state policy work using the Reproductive Justice framework to address three core issue areas: reproductive health and rights, immigration, and economic justice. Phoebe’s professional work has also included advocacy on policy protections for LGBTQIA communities with the Human Rights Campaign; legislative experience in Senator Gillibrand’s office; economic justice policy research with the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress; and advocating for campus, state, and national anti-violence policies. 

Phoebe is a queer, transracial adoptee who grew up in Portland, ME. Her activism is rooted in her own experiences and dreams of co-creating healing spaces with communities whose access to resources has been, and continues to be, gatekept by harmful institutions and systems of oppression. Between facetimes with her niece and family back East, she has enjoyed exploring all the amazing food Seattle has to offer and spending time creating her West Coast community.

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Darby Frye, Warm Line MSW Intern

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Darby Frye (she/her), Warm Line MSW Intern

Darby (she/hers) is an MSW student at the University of Washington. Prior to studying social work, she was an educator in the labor movement and brings her sense of justice and love of facilitation to this work. Darby became a new parent during the pandemic and experienced firsthand the gaps in support for families during this transition. She is excited to connect with parents on the warm line and provide warmth, support and resources. 

Darby is a parent to one human toddler and two cats. Originally from the South, she has lived in Washington for almost a decade. In her free time, Darby can be found doing puzzles, listening to mysteries, and seeing live music with her partner.

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Warm Line Overview Video

"I wish someone had told me what to expect. I wish someone had talked about what they went through, or directed me toward finding out what other women went through, so that I didn't feel so utterly crazy."

- Tyrese L. Coleman

"I wish someone had told me what to expect. I wish someone had talked about what they went through, or directed me toward finding out what other women went through, so that I didn't feel so utterly crazy."

- Tyrese L. Coleman