Thank you! 

We end 2012 with immense gratitude for our volunteers, supporters, friends, and families. With your help, we were able to continue and improve programs and strengthen partnerships. You have helped us provide our English and Spanish warmlines, maintain and enhance the PSI website, train and support volunteers, translate and disperse educational materials, provide professional trainings, offer conference scholarships, host our Chat with An Expert for both Mothers and Dads,  and add a Chat with the Founder Jane Honikman. Only through your generosity will we be able to sustain and improve our programs and services in 2013.

We hope you will end the year with PSI in your giving plans. It's easy -- visit our
Network for Good page. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us to continue to provide communities worldwide with reliable, compassionate and essential support, resources, and informed professional care. Thank you for your support!

Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg, RNC, MS, PSI President

Wendy N. Davis, PhD, PSI Executive Director


PSI responds to USA Today article on SSRIs in pregnancy

In October 2012, USA Today published an article on the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy, emphasizing the risks to pregnant women. Many among the perinatal psychiatric community felt it created more fear than increased knowledge. Requests for guidance and scientific information came quickly to PSI. After gathering opinions, references, and analysis from perinatal psychiatric experts, the PSI Board and staff created talking points for members and volunteer support coordinators, as well as this open letter to the maternal mental health community and the media, signed by 14 medical experts. Read the full discussion here.

Announcing PSI Community Celebrations

PSI Community CelebrationPSI Community Celebrations is a new project launched in 2012 recognizing local gatherings created to raise funds and awareness for PSI. We have enjoyed hearing stories from our three 2012 Celebrations in California, New Jersey, and Oregon and are excited for the plans for a Portland, Maine, event in April 2013 hosted by PSI Coordinator Iman Washington.

We love to hear about the creative ways that people gather to break bread in the shared mission of bringing together community resources, volunteers, and supporters -- from wine and cheese in San Jose to brunch in Maplewood to Happy Hour in Portland.
Contact us for more information on hosting a PSI Community Celebration. We will help you get started!

Highlights from the 2012 PSI Celebrations:
  • Maplewood, New Jersey, USA, October 28 -- PSI Board Member Lorraine Caputo, LCSW, President's Advisory Council Linda Klempner, PhD and Alexis Menken, PhD, hosted a warm brunch at the  home of Susan Kraham in honor of the advocacy of Former First Lady of New Jersey Mary Jo Codey and Psychologist Alexis Menken, PhD. Twenty-five brave souls gathered together just as Hurricane Sandy was threatening to sweep through the state! PSI member Ivy Shih Leung read an excerpt from her bookOne Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!  She also donated all proceeds from book sales that day to PSI, bringing the total fundraising amount to $2460.
  • San Jose, California, USA, October 27 -- Juli Fraga, PsyD, PSI's fundraising chair, and Wendy Sue Horn, LCSW, hosted this Celebration at El Camino Hospital, where Pec Indman, EdD, MFT, gave a compelling talk about the need for maternal mental health services and Nirmaljit Kaur Dhami, MD, shared information about the innovative El Camino MOMS program. PSI gratefully thanks Celebration sponsors including El Camino Hospital, Regroup Therapy, and Looptivity. Total funds raised for PSI was $900.
  • RJ Gillespie receives PSI's "Healthcare Leadership Award" in 2012Portland, Oregon, USA December1 -- Beth Bassett, PSI Executive Director Wendy Davis, Katharine Salzmann, and Lianne Swanson hosted this Celebration at the beautiful Rhapsody Boutique, highlighting several Oregon resources for perinatal mental health. Sixty-five friends and colleagues attended the party, enjoying food, wine, beer, raffle prizes, music by local artists Greg Thelen on guitar and Kendra Carpenter on cello, and the awarding of the 2012 PSI "Healthcare Leadership Award" to Pediatrician R.J. Gillespie, MD, for his pioneering work training pediatricians and primary care providers in maternal mental health screening and referral. Our generous Sponsors included ABC Doula Service, Terra Firma Floors, Baker & Spice, Cellar Door Coffee, Foxfire Teas, and Burlingame Fred Meyer. Total dollars raised for PSI were $2905. 
  • Thank you to all PSI Celebration hosts, sponsors, donors, and guests!

PSI NEWS welcomes editor

Rita Brhel has joined our volunteer staff as the editor of PSI NEWS. In this role, she will be working with the monthly PSI NEWS e-newsletter.

Rita is a Nebraska PSI Coordinator. She works as a breastfeeding educator for the local WIC supplemental nutrition program, and is the Publications Director for Attachment Parenting International, where she is also the Managing Editor for Attached Family magazine. On the side, Rita provides editorial services to a number of nonprofits, businesses, and authors. She and her husband have three children and live on a farm.

Send your news items to Rita by the 15th of each month at

2013 PSI Annual Conference
with NAMI Minnesota
June 19-22, 2013
Minneapolis, MN

NAMIJoin us for the 26th annual PSI Conference, co-sponsored with NAMI Minnesota and in collaboration with Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota as we explore the theme, "Innovation and Advocacy to Support the Mental Health of Pregnant and Postpartum Families."

Watch the PSI Website for sponsorship information and registration links! In addition to expert breakout sessions, banquet, posters, and networking, keynote speakers will include:
  • Cheryl Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN; Penny Simkin, PT; and Sharon Storton, MA, CHT, LMFT on Birth Trauma and Perinatal Mental Health
  • Laura Miller, MD, Current Research and Clinical Updates
  • Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, MPH, founder of the Birthing Project USA: The Underground Railroad for New Life
  • Martha Farrell Erickson, PhD, on the Importance of Parent-Child Attachment and Intervention
  • Mary Jo Codey, Former First Lady of New Jersey.

PSI Tele-Seminars with CA MMH Collaborative
PSI-CAMMHCPSI and the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (CAMMHC) are continuing to cosponsor free telephone seminars in 2013, hosted by CAMMHC founder Joy Burkhard and PSI Executive Director Wendy Davis. These calls are open to all and recorded for future use. Each teleseminar includes expert presentations and Q&A.

In 2012, we heard from specialized hospital-based perinatal mental health treatment programs: Margaret Howard, PhD, director of the Postpartum Depression Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island; Chris Raines, MSN, APRN-BC, from UNC Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program; Maria Rivas-Wolf, MFT, from Maternal Outreach Mood Services program, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, California. E-mail us for information on listening to the recordings of these calls.

Upcoming 2013 Tele-seminars:
  • Wednesday, January 9, 11:30 AM Pacific/1:30 PM Central/2:30 PM Eastern: Integrating perinatal mental health screening and practice in medical settings, CAMMHC Founder Joy Burkhard 
  • Wednesday, February 6, 11:30 AM Pacific/1:30 PM Central/2:30 PM Eastern: Perinatal mental health MOMS Hotlines,  Jo Kim, PhD,  NorthShore University Health System

Sign up on Facebook to attend one or both of these upcoming teleseminars.

Contact us if you'd like to present your hotline or warmline services on one of our monthly calls.

Additional Trainings & Events
January 24 -- Los Angeles, CA -- CAMMHC event, "Emerging Considerations in Maternal Mental Health"

PSI Course
PSI Trainings: Certificate of Completion Course
"Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care"

April 4-5 - Jacksonville, FL
April 15-16 - Indianapolis, IN
June 5-6 - Edmonton, Alberta
June19-20 - Minneapolis, MN 
August 29-30 - Winfield, IL 
Oct 24-25 - Grand Rapids, MI 

Learn more about PSI Trainings and upcoming events.


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