Past Education & Training Chair, Past President
Birdie is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She is the coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN. In that role she serves as the facilitator for weekly mom-to-mom support groups, teaches an outreach class twice a month, and sees clients for evaluation, education and referral. She is certified as a Lactation Counselor, Spirit of Care giving facilitator, RTS Bereavement Facilitator, Critical Incident response, and Parish Nurse. She is also a Childbirth Educator. She speaks frequently on Perinatal Mood Disorders to communities, nursing schools, grand rounds, Health Care Providers’ offices and local, regional, and National conferences. She has been featured on radio, television, and print media promoting information and education of PMDs. She was the Subject Matter Expert on the development of an e-learning tool for Healthy Families visitors in conjunction with Indiana Perinatal Network.
She has worked closely with Indiana Perinatal Network(IPN) in developing statewide education, training, and promotion of information about PMD’s. The IPN committee developed materials and web-site information regarding PMD. Our Indiana State slogan is “Something’s not Right”.
Birdie is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN), Indiana Perinatal Network (IPN), Sigma Theta Tau, and PSI. She also serves on the advisory board for Healthy Families in Indiana.
Birdie is highlighted as a PMD expert in PSI’s DVD that is shown around the country. “Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders. She is also a facilitator for PSI’s “Chat with the Expert”.
Birdie has been speaking to audiences for over 25 years and is an International Trainer for PSI’s 2-day “Perinatal Mood Disorders, Components of Care”.
In 2007, Birdie received the Jane Honikman award which is given annually by the founder of PSI for “outstanding contribution to the goal of increasing awareness of emotional health related to childbearing”. In 2008, she was given the Award of Excellence in Advocacy from The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and was a finalist for Indiana Business Journal’s “Healthcare Hero” award.
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