PSI Board Positions Open 

The PSI Board of Directors is accepting applications for the following two volunteer PSI Board Positions. If you have an interest in serving on the PSI Board in these roles, we would love to hear from you!

Treasurer-Elect: The term for our new treasurer starts August 2013. We would like to have our treasurer-elect begin this Spring and work with current Treasurer Carin Ezal, PhD, to facilitate transition. The Treasurer works with the PSI Board, staff, bookkeeper, and accounting firm to coordinate PSI financial records and budget, reports, and returns. Duties include: working with Board to create annual budget; distributing monthly summary of activity and budget to the Board; coordinating with PSI office admin staff to maintain financial recording; reviewing online banking activity, statements and pay invoices; transferring PayPal deposits and creating summaries; reviewing time-cards for our one empolyee; and using QuickBooks to create invoices and review transactions for proper classification of revenue and expenses.

Public Relations/Marketing Chair: We send a huge thank you to Cathy Doré, MA, LMFT, who  is passing the torch of PR Chair this Spring. The PR/Marketing Chair works with the Board, Executive Director, and Office Administrator to promote the PSI message, mission, programs and write press releases, announcements, and website postings; field media inquiries; develop collaborative associations and links with other like-minded organizations; and seek promotional opportunities through media and other partnerships.

Contact us if you have any questions or would like an application  Please write to Board Secretary Robin Harpster at for more information and an application form. We would love to hear from you!

Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg, RNC, MS, PSI President
Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg, RNC, MS

Wendy N. Davis, PhD, PSI Executive Director

Wendy N. Davis, PhD


Preventing the downward spiral: Intensive outpatient programs and perinatal patients

the authorThis month, Agnieszka Grabowski, MA, LSW, Program Coordinator and Staff Therapist at the Women's Reproductive Mental Health Program at Insight Behavior Health Centers in Chicago, Illinois, USA, shares recommendations for optimizing the effectiveness of current mental health practices with the perinatal population through the development of the integrated outpatient programs (IOP):

"... Currently, we tend to perceive only two options for perinatal women: outpatient treatment or hospitalization. Often, outpatient treatment is sufficient. However, many times clinicians treat the patient until it becomes clear that she can no longer be managed at the outpatient level, at which point she is hospitalized—an invariably problematic experience given that most psychiatric inpatient units are not equipped to handle perinatal women. Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP's) level of treatment bridges this gap. Ideally, a decompensating woman should be referred to a more intensive program to prevent hospitalization. This level of care is also appropriate as a step-down from hospitalization. In a model IOP, patients attend groups specifically designed for pregnant or postpartum women, see a perinatal psychiatrist, and obtain individual therapy if they are not already receiving it in the community. ..."

As Grabowski states in her full article, LINKED HERE, IOPs are still largely unknown by both the public and the medical community, and are few in number. PSI is excited about the development of new IOPs, and we facilitate their connection with other potential and current programs. Currently we know of five Intensive Outpatient or Partial Hospitalization Programs in the US, and a few more on the way! Please write to us at if we have missed any, if you have some in another country, or if you're interested in connecting for more information.  

IOPs opening this summer!
Community Hospital Long Beach Long Beach CA (Inpatient already open!)
UC San Diego Maternal Mental Health Program  San Diego, CA

May 2013 PSI Blog Hop
Spreads the Word:

*Speak Up When You're Down*

Please join us for PSI's first
Blog Hop for Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month !
2013 THEME: 
Maternal Mental Health: Recovery and Coping Skills

In May 2011, Postpartum Support International (PSI) declared that May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. An increasing number of cities, states and counties have designated May as a time to run awareness campaigns for maternal mental health. This year, we launch the first PSI maternal mental health awareness month blog hop; an inclusive and encouraging linkage around the web. With blog hubs from PSI members Kathy Morelli (who inspired us with the blog hop idea), Christina Hibbert, and Ivy Shih Leung,  we'll link across the web with stories of awareness and recovery. If you are a blog author, or blog reader -- come join us! Read here for more information about the blog hop, how to connect and pick up the PSI badge. Contact us at with any questions.

*Thank you Mary Jo Codey and the State of New Jersey for generously sharing the original awareness campaign motto Speak Up When You're Down.
20NAMI13 PSI Annual Conference with NAMI Minnesota
June 19-22, Minneapolis

The 26th annual PSI Conference is co-sponsored with NAMI-Minnesota and in collaboration with Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota. We are thrilled with the caliber of the Conference Program with keynotes, breakouts, and poster presentations selected for their quality, innovation, and expertise. Register now and check out our great group discount at the Millennium Minneapolis Hotel! Join the PSI Conference Facebook Event and let us know you're coming!
Conference Sponsors
Auction Donors
We are seeking sponsors, vendors, and auction donations to help NAMI-MN and PSI raise awareness and support the conference expenses. Check out the PSI Website to make a Silent Auction Donation, and find Sponsorship & Vendor options and benefits.

PSI Trainings & Events
PSI Course
PSI Certificate of Completion Course
"Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care"
Learn more about PSI Trainings and upcoming events.

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In Appreciation
We are so grateful for your support. Only through the generosity of your donations are we able to sustain and improve PSI programs and services in 2013. It's easy to donate...visit our Network for Good link. You can choose to make a single donation, or become a sustaining member by selecting a recurring gift. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us provide communities worldwide with reliable, compassionate, and essential support, resources, and informed professional care.

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. Contact the PSI News Editor Rita Brhel for more information or to submit your news items.

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