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February 12, 2015
President's Corner

Greetings from
PSI President Ann Smith

First of all, Happy and Healthy 2015 to everyone. I know this is going to be a year of many activities, opportunities and perhaps challenges for PSI and all members and volunteers. We are so pleased to have everyone involved.
I want to share news about the Board of Directors strategic planning retreat over MLK weekend in New Orleans. Our terrific New Orleans coordinators, Misty Wainwright and Joanne Harmon, as well as Dr Renee Bruno and Amanda Devereux from Nola Nesting joined us for dinner with an update on local activities. The planning retreat  is something PSI's Board does every year to reacquaint ourselves, welcome new members to the Board and look carefully at future plans, budgets, and programs. In fact each Committee comes up with three solid goals for the next year. This year I thought our time together was particularly effective. Some of our goals include the plans to increase our social media presence and connection, increase membership, develop a curriculum to train the law enforcement and legal world in PMDs, and develop fundraising ability such that we could do things like sponsor research and offer financial assistance to allow more people to attend the Conference and PSI trainings. To learn more about our hard-working board members, visit our website here. 
It is important to know that Board committees are open to all PSI members. We welcome participation and diversity. In particular we now have a need for folks interested in helping with events, social media, website, and fundraising. If any of you have experience and would like to get involved on any committee, please email Wendy Davis, our Executive Director or me at Don't hesitate to ask questions about helping on committees; we'd love to hear from you.
It's not too soon to plan for our wonderful Conference in late June, taking place in a gorgeous resort in Plymouth, Michigan which is between Detroit and Ann Arbor. The conference goes from June 24-June 28th, including pre and post conference workshops. Conference details are below, and also on the PSI web site here . And, by the way, the PSI webiste will have a whole new look and format shortly. Be sure to check it out!
Thank you for your continued interest and involvement! I hope to see you in Michigan!
Ann Smith, CNM
President, Postpartum Support International

PSI 28th Annual Conference
with Tree of Hope Foundation
Plymouth Michigan
June 24-27, 2015

Planting seeds of hope: overcoming stigma, increasing options and embracing innovative treatments




Keynote Friday June 26, 2015
Director, Women's and Infants Mental Health Clinic, Department of Psychiatry University of Michigan, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Human Growth & Development, University of Michigan


Cindy-Lee Dennis, PhD
Keynote Friday June 26, 2015
Professor, University of Toronto, Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health, Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research at Women’s College Research Institute


Pine Rest Mother-Baby Program Staff
Keynote Saturday June 27, 2015

The Pine Rest Mother-Baby Program in Grand Rapids is a Partial Hospitalization Program. It is a short-term, intensive treatment program for women experiencing significant symptoms of postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.

George Parnham, JD
Keynote Saturday June 27, 2015
"Maternal Mental Health and the Law"
Attorney for Andrea Yates
Parnham & Associates Attorneys at Law, Houston Texas

For more information 


PSI Spanish WarmLine 
Volunteers Needed


Are you a Spanish speaking woman who is interested in supporting parents who may be experiencing difficulty?

Postpartum Support International offers a free international service on our Spanish WarmLine  It's an amazing experience to volunteer just a few hours a month to connect and provide a safe place for Spanish speaking women and their family members to receive nonjudgmental support, education and resources. The volunteers are women who desire to lend a supportive ear, help normalize the transition to parenthood and offer resources for longer term support for families in need. We have a growing resource list and state and regional coordinators to assist. If you may be interested in volunteering with PSI, please contact me and I can answer any questions you may have and talk with you about the process of beginning to volunteer with us. Please feel free to share this post, as just sharing it will help many women and families down the line! Please contact Marisela Rosales, Coordinator, Spanish Warmline Volunteers.
Marisela Rosales, LCSW

Research Study

Have you given birth recently and are you depressed?

Doctors at UNC Chapel Hill are seeking women for a medical research study of an investigational drug for Postpartum Depression.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • Female between the ages of 18 and 45
  • Gave birth 2 weeks to 6 months ago
  • Currently experiencing depression after giving birth 

This study requires a 4-day in-patient stay on the Perinatal Psychiatry Unit at UNC hospital. Participants will have their in-patient costs paid for by the research study 

For additional information, please call Katie at 919-445-0218

This study was approved by the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Human Subjects Biomedical Institutional Review Board, IRB# 14-0516, and sponsored by the UNC Department of Psychiatry.

PSI NEWS Submissions

 PSI NEWS is seeking informative news or feature articles from professionals, news from regions and PSI volunteers, and personal stories of recovery. Write to us at for more information or to submit your news items. We'd love to hear from you!

Many Thanks to our PSI News Volunteer Carole Swanson for her help! 

Social Media Volunteers

PSI is adding to its social media presence every day. Please write to Wendy Davis at if you are interested in being one of the PSI virtual volunteers. If you like to tweet, post, link, and connect, or simply want to add creative ideas and messages to our online communication, we'd love your help. Come help us reach moms, families, and providers through online media.  Your experience with Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Google Plus, and other online wizardry is needed. 


Find PSI on YouTube Channel, Linked In, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

Upcoming PSI Certificate Trainings

PSI 2-DAY Perinatal Mood Disorders Certificate Trainings

PSI 2-day Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder Certificate Course
March 26-27, 2015

PSI 2-day Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder Certificate Course
April 30 - May 1, 2015

PSI 2-day Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder Certificate Course
May 7 - May 8, 2015

PSI 2-day Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder Certificate Course
May 14 - May 15, 2015

PSI 2-day Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder Certificate Course
Northern California
May 28-29, 2015

more info coming soon

PSI 2-day Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder Certificate Course
September 2015

more info coming soon
PSI Annual Conference June 2015 in Plymouth, Michigan
  • 6/24-25 PSI Certificate Training
  • 6/25 PSI Coordinators/Volunteers Meeting & Dinner
  • 6/25 Jane Honikman Workshop
  • 6/26-27 Main Conference
  • 6/28 MotherWoman Workshop

Tain L'Hermitage, FRANCE!


Perinatal Psychotherapy
Repro Psych Seminar

Sep. 28 - Oct.2, 2015 
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): Oguz Omay, MD
  • Trauma in the Perinatal Period: Leslie Butterfield, PhD and Birdie Meyer, RN, MA, CLC
  • Repro Psych Seminar 2-Day Training, facilitated by Adrienne Einarson, RN, Repro Psych Group Founder. Facilitation with 12 Repro Psych expert topics and group seminar discussion.

PSI Perinatal Social Support Webinar Training
January 28 - June 17 2015

PSI Certificate of Completion in Perinatal Social Support Network Development

Registration will remain open throughout the series 

Join us for the Postpartum Support International
Perinatal Social Support webinar series
Developing support networks for pregnant and postpartum families

This web series is designed for all social support advocates for pregnant and postpartum women and families, including volunteers, group facilitators, community members, and providers involved in developing support groups or networks. You can register for single classes or the whole series. All registered will receive recordings and handouts from of all 11 classes. 

PSI and 2020Mom Webinar Certificate Training
Our current session is full. Next training starts September 2015. Write to join the mailing list. 

PSI Support for Military Families & Courage Beyond

by Valerie Roseberry, 
PSI Military Support Volunteer

I began working with PSI as a coordinator for military families after my own experience with Postpartum Depression in 2007.  When my little one was only 7 weeks old, my husband left for a “short” 3 month deployment.  Despite its brevity I found myself struggling.  I chocked this up to deployment blues and the overwhelm of parenting a baby and a two year old for months.  But when he came home from that deployment and I was still irritable, and struggling to connect with my family, I realized there was something more to what I was feeling.  That’s when I became acquainted with Postpartum Depression. 
All during my experience, I wondered where to turn for resources.  The military is known for having “resources” for spouses needing support, but my personal experience had been hit or miss (and more miss than hit).  The spouses with whom I interacted shared similar stories.  Finding support resources that were trusted and which came through on their promise to help was very difficult.

Help PSI Help Families
We are so grateful for your support. Your donation helps us sustain and improve PSI programs and services. Our worldwide volunteers and warmline operations are supported directly by your contributions! It's easy to donate.

Donate at our Network for Good link where you can make a tax-deductible donation. You can choose to make a single donation, make it in honor of a special person, or set it up to select a recurring donation. PSI is grateful and moved by your generosity. Thank you!

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