August 6, 2014

Hello PSI members and Friends! We hope you're having a lovely summer. Thanks for reading our August news.

President's Corner

My tenure as PSI's President has come to an end.  It has been a privilege to work with our all volunteer Board, and our office staff, Lianne Swanson and Wendy Davis.  Much has been accomplished because of the extraordinary caliber of people who volunteer their time to further the mission of PSI.  Our volunteers show a personal commitment to PSI as they recognize opportunities to help women and their families get the appropriate help they need for support and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum distress.

If you were one of the hundreds of people who attended our largest annual PSI conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in June, I hope that you had opportunities to connect with others, learn and get re-energized as you listened to our many esteemed specialists who presented their expertise and research.  If you missed that amazing conference, then get your calendar out and be prepared for our next conference, June 24-27, 2015, in Plymouth, Michigan.

Each of you has so much to contribute to strengthen our mission and continue to educate as many people as possible about PMD, including recognition and treatment, and most of all hope. Your involvement is crucial.  PSI needs you to stay engaged.  Contact Lianne Swanson in our PSI office at and how you can help or where you can volunteer.

To my PSI Board colleagues and incoming board members, especially to our new PSI President, Ann Smith, I say a heartfelt thank you and best wishes.  Ann Smith, CNM, brings a wealth of experience in women's health. She is a certified nurse midwife and an OB/GYN nurse practitioner.  She has facilitated PPD support groups for many years and is one of the New York Support Coordinators for PSI. She is committed to continuing the mission of PSI to support families and educate professionals about best practice in helping those with PMD.  She is informed, competent and dedicated to lead PSI these next two years.

I am thankful for those whose health has been restored after the difficult times struggling with PMD; for the relationships of the hurting families that we have helped heal; and for all of you who have made a difference in the lives of women and their families.

Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving as your President.

Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg, RNC, MS, Past PSI President

Postpartum Support International 27th Annual Conference...
took place at the University of North Carolina (UNC) campus at Chapel Hill on June 18 - June 21, 2014.

The theme of the 2014 conference was "Creating Connections between Communities, Practitioners and Science:  Innovative Care for Perinatal Mental Health."  Clinicians, social support advocates, researchers families and survivors came together and shared their professional and personal stories.  PSI's outgoing president, Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg, RNC, MS, reported that PSI had its largest attendance ever this year! We had 40 PSI volunteers attend, and over 350 attendees in Chapel Hill.

The PSI 2014 Annual Conference program, co-sponsored by UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders, included 5 expert keynotes and 27 break-out sessions.  We were energized and informed by keynote speakers David Rubinow, MD and Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH of UNC Chapel Hill, Marguerite Morgan, MSW, PhD of Arbor Circle Early Childhood Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Joy Burkhard of California's 20/20 Mom Project, Susan Benjamin Feingold, PhD, clinical psychologist, and advocate Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress who served as the emcee at the Saturday night banquet.

The diverse conference workshops covered topics from the advanced clinical to social support, advocacy and family dynamics.  You can see a list of all the conference break-outs and order any of the audio recordings for individual session or a whole conference set right here...

Read our press release about the conference right here.... PSI in the NEWs

Pec Indman, Anna Brandon, Wendy Davis, Lianne Swanson, Birdie Meyer and Chris Raines

Some comments from Chapel Hill Training and Conference Attendees:

"I really enjoyed this training.  It was an eye opener and the information was jaw dropping. Thank you so much for providing this training session.  I hope to become more involved with the PSI community."

"The training was awesome,  so glad I was able to attend. The entire conference was terrific!!" 

"The training was outstanding—I've drawn upon ideas and information from PSI numerous times already this past week alone."

"The PSI training was amazing!  Thank you so much for offering this training.  I was also thrilled to be among other women who are deeply passionate about perinatal mood disorders."  

"What a wonderful, intense and fun experience. I learned so much and met so many great people. The certificate training was the best training I have attended."

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, and would like to help PSI online, we'd love your help reaching moms, families, and providers through online media.  Your experience with Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Google Plus, and other online wizardry is needed. 

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!
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 donations! It's easy to donate. Visit our Network for Good link where you can make a tax-deductible donation. Choose to make a single donation, make it in honor of a special person, or become a sustaining member by selecting a recurring gift. PSI is grateful and moved by your generosity. Thank you!

Join PSI or become a volunteer -- learn more here. 

If you need help, call us at 1-800-944-4773. We're here every day. 

Call our Chat with an Expert, every Wed for moms, first Mondays for Dads. 

PSI in the NEWS
Spring of 2014 brought many opportunities for PSI to help share information, raise awareness, and do our best to influence media to provide informed and compassionate perspectives on news related to perinatal mental health. Our PR/Media Chair Sharon Gerdes leapt to action, providing consistency and immediacy to our responses as she facilitated the flow of interview requests, magazine articles, and requests from local members. Here are some of the highlights: 
Find PSI on our YouTube Channel, Linked In, Twitter, and Facebook



  • Cadillac, Michigan
    Nov 6-7, 2014
    Registration Coming Soon!
  • PSI Annual Conference June 2015
    Plymouth, Michigan

    6/24-25 PSI Training
    6/26-27 Main Conference
  • Tain L'Hermitage, FRANCE!
    Sep. 28-Oct.2, 2015 

    Repro Psych Seminar
    Pre-Seminar Workshops

    Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Training by Oguz Omay, MD
    Wendy Davis for info

  • PSI and 2020Mom Webinar Certificate Training
    Our Fall 2014 training is full. Our next training starts March 2015. Write to join the mailing list. 

PSI Fundraising Chair
Open Board Position and Committee members needed!

Do you love creating events for a great cause, working with passionate and dedicated advocates, and raising money to help families? PSI needs you!

The PSI Fundraising Chair is a volunteer board position, working  in collaboration with other PSI Board members and committees, staff, and PSI members to coordinate fundraising projects and events throughout the year. Candidate needs to have experience with successful fundraising, and must be willing to volunteer approximately five to ten hours per month serving in this capacity.

Candidate's locale is not relevant but must be able to attend annual PSI June conference, monthly board meetings via telephone, and annual board retreat in January. The PSI Board is committed to diversity and includes members with a variety of backgrounds on the board. Please don't hesitate to contact us to learn more. 

If you'd like to join the Fundraising Committee, but not as the Chairperson, we would LOVE to hear from you -- please let us know! 

Join our active board and dedicated PSI members to support the emotional needs of pregnant and postpartum families. 
To obtain more information or submit a resume and application, please contact PSI Secretary Lita Simanis at

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