Amy-Rose White and Csilla Andor
CORVALLIS - "I had panic attacks … eventually I had suicidal thoughts," Csilla Andor
said, recalling the weeks and months after giving birth to her
"I had no idea what was going on with me.
I just thought it was normal."
Andor, a licensed clinical social worker in southern California at the time, eventually self-diagnosed herself.
had never heard the term "postpartum depression" before dealing with it herself.
"Throughout our baby being in the NICU we saw more than 100 medical personnel," Andor
"Not one ever asked me if I was depressed or anxious."
Inspired to do something to make sure other moms were well cared for after giving birth, Andor
made postpartum depression and dealing with the loss of an infant her
specialties in counseling.
She also got involved with a volunteer group called Postpartum Support International and eventually became the California coordinator for the organization.
husband, Danny Schwartz, moved to Corvallis, Andor
decided to create a similar support system for Oregon moms.
She founded WellMama Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Services in 2007.
Andor was soon joined by psychotherapist Amy-Rose White of Eugene.
"When you're a new mom, you want to talk to somebody who gets it," Andor
According to Andor
, perinatal care includes pregnancy and at least one year after birth, or until the mother stops nursing.
But, there is no hard and fast time limit.
"These issues will go on if you're not getting treatment," Andor
is holding a benefit concert and auction at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis
to raise money for the organization, which is on track to get nonprofit status in November.
"All proceeds are going to uninsured and under-insured women," Andor