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Postpartum Support International



It is the moment you have been waiting for, we are excited to announce the location of the 33rd Annual PSI Conference for 2020!  The Conference will be held July 8-12th, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.  We will be announcing more information as we have it, but for now, save the dates on your calendar.  We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in July!


Did you know PSI offers a wide breadth of services for mental health and medical professionals? See below for an outline of PSI's professional services.

Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line
Did you know that PSI offers a no-cost Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line for medical professionals who have questions about mental health care related to pregnant and postpartum patients and pre-conception planning.  The Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line is staffed by reproductive psychiatrists who are members of PSI and specialists in the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders. The service is free and available by appointment.  Learn More

PSI Certificate Trainings

The 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by experienced and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.

PSI's Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training is an evidence-based curriculum designed for mental health and psychotherapy providers who have previously completed at least 14 hours of perinatal mental health training.  This advanced training covers differential diagnosis, evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches, and advanced therapeutic issues.  It combines expert presentation with case studies, group discussion, and practical examples of treatment approaches.

PSI's Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychopharmacology Training, provided by perinatal psychiatric experts, is an evidence-based training on psychiatric prescribing during pregnancy and lactation.  It is designed for psychiatric prescribers who have previously completed at least fourteen hours of perinatal mental health training.  This advanced training combines expert presentations with case studies, group discussions, and practical examples.  It is an interactive, case-based advanced seminar, covering differential diagnosis, medication challenges, and your questions.  This course is an approved prerequisite for the perinatal mental health certification in the psychopharmacology specialty.

Upcoming PMD Certificate & Advanced Trainings

* PMD Certificate Training (OR an approved equivalent): is a pre-requisite training for the Advanced training and the PMH-C Certification 
* Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings: The advanced course, or an equivalent six-hour advanced course, is a prerequisite for the PMH-C Certification, Psychotherapy or Affiliate Track.
* Advanced Psychopharmacology: This Advanced course, or an equivalent six-hour advanced course, is a prerequisite for the PMH-C Certification, Psychopharmacology Track.
You can see alternative courses approved as prerequisites here.​​​

President's Advisory Council Series

This is a seven-class webinar series in perinatal mental health, covering identification, diagnosis, support, treatment, and the latest research. The expert faculty, members of the PSI President’s Advisory Council, are experienced clinicians, researchers, and advocates. Topics include Diagnosis and Screening of Perinatal Mood Disorders; Traumatic Childbirth; Postpartum Psychosis and Infanticide; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Effects of prenatal stress, anxiety and depression on the fetus and the child; Latest research in postpartum depression; and the Six Types of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Learn More

Frontline Provider Training

Frontline Healthcare Providers — Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Family Practice Physicians, Internists, Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Physician’s Assistants, Nurses — are the first, and often the only, provider to which new moms turn. Are you ready to respond with effective and well-researched treatment options to help them get better? Learn More

Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals

PSI and 2020 Mom present a Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals. This online webinar series includes eight live sessions, small group discussions, supplemental reading materials, 16 continuing education credits (where applicable), and a certificate of completion. Learn More


October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  What does that mean? And what can you do? For the month of October, if you know someone who has experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of an infant or child, take a moment to reach out and give them extra love today and all month long. 

Are you wondering how to support a family or individual who has experience Pregnancy or Infant Loss?  SHARE: Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support, Inc has provided a great resource discussing how to provide support to those who have experienced a loss.  You can view their pamphlet here.

PSI has a long list of support resources for loss and grief in pregnancy which you can view on PSI’s website


Have you considered starting a Climb in your area? Or have you led a climb in previous years? We are now recruiting volunteers to become Climb Leaders in 2020.

What is a Climb? Imagine a play date in a park where all the people attending have been touched by perinatal mental health in some way.  The attendees mill around, talking about their experiences, hear some inspiring words and then go on a short walk.  

What are your responsibilities as a Climb Leaders (CL's)? 

1. CL's create and update the Team Fundraising Page online to include date/time/location of the event.

2. CL's communicate regularly with their team. Welcome members, inform participants of fundraising deadlines, share inclement weather plans. 

3. CL's bring vital docs to the Climb: participant waiver, sign-up sheet, PSI Fliers, Wendy's Words of Welcome

4. CL's plan a local event.  That image in your mind from earlier- the playdate in the park? You will plan it. Folks can BYO snacks and water or you can choose to get a huge spread of catered food (but PSI does not reimburse for expenses so choose wisely)

5. CL's spread the word about perinatal mental health and the work PSI does.  CL's share their story on social media, they email friends, family, and colleagues, they talk about it.

Are you interested? Here are the next steps:

-Visit the Climb Map to see where 2019 Climbs are taking place. If you live in an area where a Climb is already happening contact the Climb Leader listed on the map (click the pin to see specific details).

-Join the Climb Leader Facebook group.

Interested? Have questions? Email Emily Newton

NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE: National Provider Directory 

PSI recently launched the National Perinatal Mental Health Directory with over 1000 providers (and GROWING).   If you are looking for a provider in your area that has training and experience in Perinatal Mental Health, take a moment to look at this new resource.  You can search the directory based on location, language, insurance, specialties, and much more!  Search the directory to find a provider near you: psidirectory.com

Are you a provider and would like to join the directory?  Learn more and join for free here.


The PSI online store is up and running, with our awareness posters, educational DVDs, discussion-tool pads, guidebooks, Climb T-shirts, and more. Lianne at the PSI office is busily adding product photos and will make sure your order gets shipped (Thank you, Lianne!). Please keep checking for new products; we have more on the way.

Members who are logged in will receive an automatic 10% off.


“Being in a rural state with the field of PMH so slowly growing sometimes can feel like an island. It has been a blessing for me to get connected with others who share in a similar passion. There is validation and strength that comes from walking through the joys and challenges together.” Member Kimberly Belben told us this recently, about taking part in the PSI Care Providers virtual consultation group. The group meets monthly via web conferencing and is for PSI members who are professional providers of mental health services for perinatal women and their families. 

 If you are a PSI member and haven’t yet connected to the virtual consultation group or other benefits, log into the PSI portal, click on the “What would you like to do?” button, and choose “Access my member benefits” for links and instructions.

Yahoo Groups is about to make major changes to listservs. For all of you who take part in our Repro Psych and Care Providers listservs, we will let you know if we will be moving to a new service.

 More about PSI membership is here. Feel free to email me at membership@postpartum.net if you need any assistance accessing the portal or your member benefits.

 - Edith Casterline, Membership & CRM Manager


My name is Susan Aguayo, born in Peru and raised in New York.
I am a mother of 7 children and grandmother of 7 blessed babies.
I learned and survived Perinatal depression because
I lost a daughter while she was
pregnant due to a silent illness, we were not aware of.
I opened a nonprofit organization in her name, Kassy’s Kause to help bring
awareness and have resources for families.
My research led me to PSI and now I am a coordinator for my state of New
Mexico, helping other families get the resources they need.


Our helpline volunteers logged a total of 862 calls and 366 texts in September.  

Call the PSI HelpLine at 1-800-944-4773(4PPD) or send a text message to our helpline at 503-894-9453. Our helpline is available in English and Spanish and helpline messages are returned every day of the week.


Congratulations to the newest Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professionals (PMH-C)! The following PMH-C applicants became certified in September 2019. You can find the full list of PMH-C recipients HERETo learn how to become a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional, visit our website.  

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!

New PMH-C Recipients from September 2019



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