Respondents to Nurture and Postpartum Support Virginia’s recent COVID-19 Survey of Pregnant and Postpartum Parents identified social connection, mental health, and lactation support as their top three needs.

This training for Lactation Support Providers and others providing assistance to breast/chestfeeding parents addresses this trifecta. We will focus on general education about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and how to facilitate social support groups for lactating parents affected by PMADs, with an emphasis on the needs of historically excluded populations.

Topics covered will include:

  • Overview of PMADS
  • Predictors and Risk Factors
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Path to Wellness
  • Specific Needs of Historically Excluded Populations
  • Treatment Options and Intervention Strategies
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Social Support Facilitators
  • Launching and Leading Peer Support Groups/Peer Mentor Partnerships
  • Role-playing Scenarios and Difficult Situations


Sultana Karim, MA, LCPC, LPC, CCTP
Sultana is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and Maryland, and a certified clinical trauma professional. She has years of experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, adults, and families for a variety of emotional and behavioral issues, with specialization in treating survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She experienced PMADs during pregnancy and after the birth of her daughter and was able to find help at a PSVa support group.

Sultana currently lives in Woodbridge, VA with her family.


Kristen Miller, BA, CCCE, IBCLC
Kristen is a childbirth educator and IBCLC teaching prenatal classes and serving as an inpatient lactation consultant at a Virginia non-profit hospital. She received a degree in psychology from Christopher Newport University, and experienced postpartum depression after her second son was born.  She is passionate about helping birthing people with their mental health journeys and their personal infant feeding goals. 

Kristen lives in Carrollton, VA with her husband and 4 (homeschooled) boys.


Two Part Workshop (no partial registrations)
Part 1: Saturday, Aug 28, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Part 2: Saturday, Sep 11, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Registrants will have access to the recording for 45 days after the training. 


  • Sliding Scale Ticket: $35
  • Full Price Ticket: $75
  • Pay It Forward Ticket: $100
  • Expand Our Mission Ticket: $125


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