Mother & baby Matters Advisory Board

Adrienne Griffen, MPP

Adrienne Griffen, MPP

Ms. Griffen is the founder of Postpartum Support Virginia and the MidAtlantic and Virginia Coordinator for Postpartum Support International (PSI). A survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety, she has been leading support groups and providing information and outreach to new mothers for since 2005. Ms. Griffen graduated from the US Naval Academy and has a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ms. Griffen is also nurturing a relationship between PSI and Stroller Strides, a national fitness program for mothers and their babies. The two organizations have hosted Lunafest, a traveling festival of films about, for and by women, with all proceeds going to charitable organizations, including PSI. Her early career included military and federal government service at the White House, Pentagon, and IRS. Ms. Griffen lives in Arlington VA with her husband and three children.

Ms. Griffen has been acting in an advisory role to Mother & baby Matters since 2008 and has given seminars on Postpartum Depression to Mother & baby Matters’ staff.

Ms. Griffen may be reached at Adrienne.Griffen@gmail.com or you can visit her website www.postpartumva.org

 

Vergie Hughes, RN, MS, IBCLC, FILCA

Vergie Hughes, RN, MS, IBCLC, FILCA

Ms. Hughes Hughes has a long history of experience in Maternal Child Health including labor and delivery, post-partum and pediatrics, and for the past 25 years she has been involved in lactation management. Ms. Hughes has a BSN from Pacific Lutheran University and a MS from Georgetown University. She has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1985.
At Georgetown University Hospital, she was the director of the Human Milk Bank. She created and developed the National Capitol Lactation Center and the one week Lactation Consultant Training Program. This course has trained more than 3,000 Lactation Consultants since its inception in 1990. She has been a private practice lactation consultant and business owner, and operated her own lactation center, Washington’s Families First. Lactation Education Resources is her website, offering training to professionals and information to parents as well.

Her first love is teaching and that is exemplified by the creativity of the courses she has developed. A series of courses “The In-patient Breastfeeding Specialist,” "The Out-patient Breastfeeding Specialist” and “The NICU Breastfeeding Specialist” are all designed to advance the lactation management skills of nurses at the bedside. She regularly teaches skills to labor and delivery nurses and just recently developed the course “Towards Exclusive Breastfeeding.”
Ms. Hughes is the program director and content manager for all of the on-line Lactation Education Resources courses. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she consults for the work-site lactation support program for Inova HealthSource. Ms. Hughes was recently honored with a “lifetime achievement award” as Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA). 

Ms. Hughes has been acting in an advisory role to Mother & baby Matters since 1992 and has given a variety of seminars on Breastfeeding to Mother & baby Matters’ staff.

Ms. Hughes may be reached at vergieh@comcast.net or you can visit her website www.lactationtraining.com

 

Andrea Levy, MSW, LCSW

Andrea Levy, MSW, LCSW

Ms. Levy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years. She views therapy as a collaborative process that enables clients to gain perspective on their emotions, beliefs, relationships and behaviors. Her approach is empathic, authentic and warm. She works from a strengths-based perspective and assist clients in facing life challenges in realistic ways.

She currently practices with adolescents, adults and couples dealing with a variety of life issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, separation and divorce, infertility, pregnancy & infant loss, adoption, self esteem and assertiveness, grief, trauma, sexual abuse, emotional aspects of illness and disease, career & family balance, and life transitions.

Ms. Levy has been acting in an advisory role to Mother & baby Matters since 2012.

Ms. Levy may be reached at levy.andrea@gmail.com

 

Caryn Martin

Caryn Martin

For over 30 years Ms. Martin has been a practicing massage therapist combining her skills and talent to create complete wellness solutions through massage, fitness and nutrition. Since 1991 she has been a massage educator teaching students who desire to become massage therapists. She began her teaching career as a student clinic supervisor at the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, DC, and over the years, has expanded her teaching to include Chesapeake College, Anne Arundel Community College and at private institutions. In 2006, she and her husband moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and continues to teach various classes including, myofascial release, hot stone massage, pregnancy and infant massage, oncology massage, sports massage, reflexology and crainosacral therapy. She is also certified as a group exercise instructor through ACE, AFAA and is an aquatic specialist with the AEA. Ms. Martin is currently a doctoral student in Community College Leadership at Morgan State University and she holds a MA in Dance-Movement Therapy from Goucher College.

Ms. Martin has been acting in an advisory role to Mother & baby Matters since 1999 and has given seminars on Infant Massage to Mother & babyMatters’ staff.

Ms. Martin may be reached at carynmartin@aol.com 
or you can visit her website www.healingexpressions.net

 

Dr. Erin Peterson

Dr. Erin Peterson

Dr. Peterson received her BA in Psychology from Georgetown University and her MA and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University. She has been in private practice in Washington, DC since 2004 seeing adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns. She has a subspecialty in women's reproductive mental health with a focus on prenatal/postpartum and fertility concerns. Additionally, she leads groups for new moms and their babies through PACE (Parent and Community Education). Since 2009, she has served as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Georgetown University Clinical Psychology Advanced Training Program. Prior to private practice, she served as a Staff Psychologist and the Coordinator of Group Therapy at Georgetown University's Counseling & Psychiatric Services on the Main and Law Center campuses.

During her doctoral training, Dr. Peterson worked in a variety of settings in the Washington, DC area, including the American University Counseling Center, the Arlington County Mental Health Center, and the Psychiatric Institute of Washington's Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorders. Additionally, she has received advanced training in the assessment and treatment of postpartum mood/anxiety disorders through the Postpartum Stress Center, and received advanced group psychotherapy training through the Washington School of Psychiatry. Dr. Peterson is also professionally affiliated with the American Psychological Association, the Marce Society, the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society, Postpartum Support International and Resolve.

Dr. Peterson has been acting in an advisory role to Mother & baby Matters since 2012 and has given seminars on Postpartum Depression to Mother & baby Matters’ staff.

Dr. Peterson may be reached at drerinpeterson@gmail.com or you can visit her website www.drerinpeterson.com