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May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, the first Wednesday of May is World Maternal Mental Health Day (May 5), and Mother’s Day is on May 9.

This is our month, and we want to talk about IT.  What is IT?

IT is the thing we don’t talk about.  IT is the unknown. IT is the depths of the perinatal mood disorder that you are going through or have struggled with. IT is your individual, unique, brave story of parenthood. 

IT may be slightly different for every person, every family, every parent, every professional. IT is the climb you made to recover from your Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD).  IT is the journey that you have taken to help bring light and recovery to other parents in need.  

IT is what has brought you to PSI today: Your story, or the story of a friend, family member, spouse, partner, or someone you know that has experienced IT.  

Will you talk about IT? Here is how you can help to bring light to the stigma of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.


SHARE YOUR STORY- Share your IT & Help us, help more parents




Join us for the 34th Annual PSI Conference

The annual PSI conference provides an opportunity to meet, learn together, and share ideas with others involved in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). This year's virtual conference will be held in an interactive conference hall where attendees can access sessions/recordings, e-Posters, exhibits and conference information under one virtual roof. The conference will be held July 7-11, 2021 for live sessions.

Conference Schedule

  • July 7-8:  PSI 2-Day Pre-Conference Certificate Course, “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care”
  • July 9-10:  PSI Main Conference, with keynotes, breakouts, and posters
  • July 11, Sunday Morning: 3-hour in-depth expert workshops (includes 3-hour workshop required for Advanced Psychopharmacology training)
  • July 11, Sunday Training: PSI Advanced Psychotherapy (6-hour) training for Certification

The PSI Conference Program contains the following tracks:

  • Perinatal Psychiatry
  •  Psychotherapy
  • Peer Support & Advocacy
  • Integrated Care and Systems
  • Fathers, Families, and Partners


  Early registration pricing is available until June 16, 2021 




Over the course of 2020, we sent out a survey link to a number of past help-seekers to get their input on the support and resources they received from the PSI HelpLine and Support Coordinators.
We received so much helpful feedback. This feedback ensures that we can continue to provide the best experience possible to our help-seekers.
Thank you to all of our hard-working volunteers for providing our help-seekers with what they need, when they need it.
Here are some kind words we received:
"I’m doing so much better, and it really helped to hear that I wasn’t alone and that I was doing a good job!"
"It was everything I needed to hear. The volunteer could not have been more helpful. She really helped me take stock and refocus."
"This was a pivotal moment in my postpartum period and life. It really saved me."
"Great organization. You have helped me a lot during the past year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."



PSI's 2020 Annual Impact Report - A Year of Resilience. This report highlights the work done over the last year.  This would not be possible without the help from our many volunteers, staff, donors, and committed Board and Advisory Council members.  Take a moment to download the report and see what PSI did in 2020.



Grupo de Apoyo Perinatal

Cada Martes
2:00pm Este / 1:00pm Central / 12:00pm Montaña / 11:00am Pacífico / 10:00am Alaska / 9:00 am Hawaii

Nuestros grupos en el internet están aquí para ayudarle a conectar con otros padres y familias, hablar sobre sus experiencias, aprender herramientas y recursos útiles de cuidado personal y emocional. Ya sea que estén pasando por estrés, adaptándose a la crianza de sus hijos, están sintiendo depresión o ansiedad durante el embarazo o posparto, nuestros grupos están aquí para ayudarles.

Los grupos son dirigidos por líderes de grupo con experiencia y que entienden las dificultades emocionales de nuevos padres.

Los invitamos a unirse a la reunión por Zoom.  Inscríbase a la fecha y horario que más le convenga. Registrese




Come as you are and join other parents in one of our many online support groups.  The environment is very casual, and babies and children are welcome. You are not alone, and we are here for you. 

Available groups are:

  • New! Postpartum Psychosis Survivors
  • New! Parents Support Group
  • Queer Parents
  • Desi Chaat- A group for South Asian Moms (Once/Month)
  • Dad Chat (Once/month)
  • Birth Mom Support Groups
  • Apoyo Perinatal (Spanish-language) - Los invitamos a unirse a la reunión por Zoom
  • Black Mamas Matter
  • Military Moms
  • NICU Parents
  • Perinatal (Pregnancy & Postpartum) Mood Support for Moms
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group for Moms
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support group for Parents (Once/month)
  • Pregnancy Mood Support

Go to our Support Group to view the schedule and register



Postpartum Support International's Mind the Gap Monthly connects a network of leaders to top stories, policies, legislation, and ways to work together to ensure Perinatal Mental Health is a national priority.   Read the April Edition here.

Subscribe to the MtG Newsletter

Learn more about Mind the Gap, Join the Movement, Sign the Pledge, and Download the Report


PSI Community Engagement Grant Program
Deadline Saturday May 1, 2021

Who Can Apply:
This grant is open to groups and organizations focused on perinatal mental health, including community organizations, support groups, healthcare systems, and PSI state chapters. Applicants must have at least one individual with an active PSI Membership. (Group memberships are also available). Learn more about PSI membership here.

Award options:  $500, $2000, $5,000, $10,000:
The size of the grant is dependent upon the scope of the project and the number of people served. This pilot program is limited to US entities. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by PSI state chapters and the PSI Community Engagement Committee.

Submit application by May 1, 2021
Recipients will be notified by June 1, 2021 

Submit Application HERE



The Climb's online store is up and running! Support the Climb by purchasing COTD Merchandise.

In addition to traditional Climb t-shirts, we also have long sleeve tees, tank tops, onesies, kid & toddler sizes.
The store will CLOSE on May 31.

PSI ZUMBATHON: Virtual Fundraiser 2021

Join the Zumba Virtual Fundraiser on May 16th! Instructors include Holly Rose, Ann Saldi Zes, and more!! It is going to be amazing!! This is our 8th annual Zumbathon event for Postpartum Support International, in honor of the memory of Cindy Wachenheim.

Everyone is welcome -- Please join us and spread the word!

The suggested donation is $15 - but we will accept any amount.
PayPal: Karen.Wachenheim@gmail.com
Venmo: @Karen-Wachenheim
Facebook Event Page

The reason for this memorial is powerful and fills us with purpose, but it is tragic and potentially triggering. Please contact us at 800-944-4773 if you need support or resources. 

This Zumbathon fundraiser is done in memory of my sister-in-law, Cynthia Wachenheim.  8 years ago, Cindy took her own life when she jumped out of her 8 story window with her son strapped to her. Luckily her son survived.  She did not. We had no idea just how severe PMADS could be.  Until she started having PMAD symptoms, Cindy never had any type of mental health issues.  It became our family's mission to bring awareness to as many people as possible. Please join us as we dance in her memory and in memory and honor of all moms and dads that have lived through PMADS!

Zumba and the Zumba Fitness logo are registered trademarks of Zumba Fitness, used under license


The Yates Children Memorial Fund PSI Justice and Advocacy program would like to remind everyone of our PSI Legal Resources Toolkit, which includes a protocol of best practices and a 17-minute video for attorneys who are assigned to defend a maternal infanticide case.

The educational video includes key points compiled from the live CLE seminar provided by experts in the field of maternal mental illness and the law. The day-long seminar provided practical, evidence-based, and case-based information to understand the key elements of perinatal mental illness and the criminal justice system.

The lead faculty is criminal defense attorney George Parnham, JD, an expert on the defense of individuals with mental illness and a passionate advocate for legal reform of their treatment in the criminal justice system. The video is designed to increase the competence and proficiency of professionals and advocates and discusses key recommendations, including the first and immediate steps attorneys should take when assigned a maternal infanticide case.

To request the PSI Legal Resources Toolkit, please email tross@postpartum.net 




PSI is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:



All training dates offer the 2-day Components of Care, Advanced Psychotherapy, and Advanced Psychopharmacology (unless marked)

Scheduling subject to public health COVID-19 guidance. Stay tuned!  


We welcomed 71 new PMH-C's in March 2021.  

The PMH-C program has experienced incredible growth over the two years, and we are excited to say that our team has grown! We welcome Apple to the PSI PMH-C certification team.

We are now offering the option to have a professionally printed version of your PMH-C certificate. The certificate is for those providers who have already passed the PMH-C exam, and are PMH-C Certified.  Visit the store to order

Do you have questions about the PMH-C? PSI hosts a monthly call where we can answer your questions! The PMH-C call is the perfect time to have questions answered about qualifications, exam preparation, trainings, etc.

Join us for the FAQ Chat on Zoom the first Friday of the month at 1 pm PST/4EST  Register for the call here. 

Perinatal Mental Health Certificate (PMH-C)
March 2020

You can find the full list of PMH-C recipients HERE

AZ Sarah Weinstein FL Staci Morey NM Tamara Gardner
AR Adrea Jones FL Ellen Kolomeyer NY  Ruth Zalta
CA Ila Bode GA Charlotte Ramberg NY  Chana Delman
CA Erika Galaviz-Arreola GA Monique Sims NY  Juliette Kennedy
CA Rachel Kane-Cooley IL  Amanda Wetzel NC Casey Jones
CA Rachel Brousseau IL  Elissa McNicholas OK Whitney Jackson
CA Rebecca Coutin IL  Nichole Petersen OR Adeline Holter
CA Alisha Manning IL  Rebecca Corbicz PA Katharine Donaldson
CA Tamika Simpson IL  Brandi Ramsey PA Christina Felten
CA Emily Fortney IL  Suzanne Hester PA Kara Tozer
CA Kristina Miller IL  Laura Spencer SC Heather Stone
CA Amber Lopez Molnar IA Jessica Bottenfield-Biehn SC Tyra Taylor
CA Joanna Keller KY Amanda Earhart TN Jamie Harrigan
CO Shannon Kaufman MD Amanda Moreno TX Elizabeth Kenney
CO Tracy Calocci MA Cleide Art TX Nicole Stillo
CT Kate-Lynd Murphy MI Kelly Baker TX Melissa Shiplett-Jupe
CT Ariel Thorne MI Melissa Kennedy TX Laurey Tyson
DE  Jennifer Boberick MI Regina Baker TX Courtney Greer
DE  Carrie Snyder MN Brielle Stoyke UT Martha Nightingale
DC Edith Mead MS Katelyn Dillard VA Natalie Gutkin
DC Kristina Espinosa MO Lojine Kamel VA Rachel Featherstone
DC Caitlyn Neithercut NE Chelsie Sutton WA Erin Heintzelman
FL  Nicole Jones NJ Rachel Shmuts    
BC Girn Randip Rita PR Zilkia Rivera-Orraca    
ON Kirsten Dezort         


You are not alone.


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