WELCOME TO THE KANSAS RESOURCE PAGE FOR PSI. We are glad you found us. This page lists the PSI Coordinators and other area resources such as groups, telephone support, and reliable services that are available for no charge. We also list local events, trainings, and volunteer opportunities.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR PSI COORDINATOR: PSI Coordinators offer caring and informed support and resources to moms and their families. They also provide information and resources for area providers who are caring for pregnant and postpartum families. Please don’t hesitate to contact us; we want to hear from you. You will see the term “perinatal” in these pages. We use perinatal to mean the time during pregnancy, birth, and through the first year postpartum.
KANSAS STATE CO-COORDINATOR: MELISSA HOFFMAN, RN
Area Support Network Coordinator for The PRC of Kansas
KANSAS STATE CO-COORDINATOR: STEPHANIE YOUNG
In an emergency: PSI is a volunteer organization devoted to providing social support and resources to women and their families. We will return your call or email as quickly as we can, but we can not provide an immediate response in an emergency. If you do need immediate assistance, please use one of the following resources now:
SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The following groups offer support at no charge for women who are at risk of or are experiencing distress such as isolation, depression, anxiety, fearful thoughts, insomnia, trauma, and other difficulties during pregnancy or postpartum. Support groups provide a safe and caring place for connection and recovery. Please call or email for more information.
The Pregnancy and Postpartum Resource Center of Kansas
Serving the 5 County Kansas City area and the State of Kansas
In Kansas City Area 913.677.1300
May 4, 2015
Marysville Native and Author to Meet with Local Book Club
Sharon (Vering) Gerdes Publishes Novel about Postpartum Psychosis
Monument, CO, April 7, 2015 – Sharon (Vering) Gerdes grew up in Marysville and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1970. She studied Foods and Nutrition at Kansas State, married her college sweetheart, Dave Gerdes of Hanover, and had a successful career that took her around the world. In recent years she has represented the U.S. dairy industry at meetings in Paris, Beijing and Tokyo. This past fall she published a novel, inspired by her true experience of overcoming postpartum psychosis.
Back In Six Weeks is set in 1980. Kate wants it all—her career as a food scientist, her sexy pilot husband, and a family. After the birth of her second child she expects to go back to work in six weeks, but a postpartum psychosis derails her plans. The harder Kate struggles to pull together the shattered pieces of her life, the more she fears she will ultimately lose everything.
After years of keeping her story a secret, she decided to speak out, hoping to help other women who have had a similar experience. “I spent nine years writing the book, and studied under a New York Times bestselling author, and a former executive editor of one of the big publishing houses. I secured endorsements from military and mental health professionals,” said Gerdes. “Most readers describe my novel as a ‘page turner.’ I’ve been speaking with book clubs and civic groups across the country, and am excited to meet with the local Adult Book Club during my upcoming visit to Marysville.” The meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. at the Marysville Library. The book is available through Amazon. Gerdes is donating a copy to the Marysville and Hanover libraries.
Although the book is inspired by her own experience, Gerdes decided to fictionalize the story. This was in part to protect herself and her family. Originally she was planning to publish under a pen name, but colleagues convinced her that the book would be more powerful if she published it under her own name. Gerdes was recently elected Vice-President of Postpartum Support International, www.postpartum.net, an organization that supports women with perinatal mood disorders in 50 states and 40 countries.
Although one in seven new mothers can have postpartum depression, only one or two per thousand expreiences a postpartum psychosis. This is the most dangerous of the perinatal mood disorders. About five percent of these women commit either suicide or infanticide. “Sometimes women encounter a perfect storm. I had a premature baby while my husband was overseas serving our country. I was sleep deprived for nearly two weeks, then lost touch with reality and spent several weeks on a mental ward. Writing my book was a journey. I went from being very bitter about my calamity to realizing how lucky I was to have made a complete recovery,” adds Gerdes. May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, and a great time to support new mothers in the local community.
Contact: Sharon Gerdes, Sharon@SharonGerdes.com, 719-358-9499.
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PSI is run solely by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Wendy Davis with any questions.