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The Early Days: How I Survived

December 8, 2015 The Early Days: How I Survived by  Andrea Bates Remember the early days of parenting? When you found yourself sleep-deprived and wishing for more coffee? When you tag-teamed with your partner to ensure that you got to take a shower at some point that day? When you put the shushing sounds CD on…

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I’m Donating to Postpartum Support International on #GivingTuesday

Sometimes we don’t choose our causes, they choose us. I never expected to have a postpartum psychosis after the birth of my second son. I never expected to lose touch with reality, be taken away from my preemie son in a straightjacket, spend weeks on a mental ward and then claw my way back to…

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“That must be so hard”

by Lita Simanis, LCSW November 23, 2015 When I meet someone new and tell them that my work focuses on postpartum depression, I often hear “that must be so hard” or “so sad.” Depending on the circumstances, I will, at the very least, respond with something like: “Not at all! I get to meet newborn…

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What Color Was Your Postpartum Experience?

by Sharon Gerdes November 11, 2015 I’ve heard women say, “I had postpartum—bad.” Postpartum, which means “after the birth,” is actually an adjective to describe a variety of conditions that can occur during that period. So when women say they “had postpartum,” they may mean any of the wide range of perinatal mood and anxiety…

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PSI 2016 Annual Conference

June 22 – June 25, 2016 Hilton San Diego Mission Valley San Diego California 29th Annual PSI Conference  Bridging, Bonding, and Beyond:  Clinical Expertise and Community Outreach in Perinatal Mental Health LEARN MORE DOWNLOAD PSI 2016 CONFERENCE EXHIBITOR FORM AND INFO June 22-23 Postpartum Support International Certificate Training Course Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of…

Grieving not Forgetting

August 25, 2015 We are heartbroken after learning yesterday about the death by suicide of PSI member and friend Naomi Knoles. Naomi was a remarkable person who seemed to radiate gentleness, light, and kindness. She had a combination of vulnerability and strength that simply taught all who met her. Naomi suffered from postpartum psychosis after the birth of her…

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PSI Response – SSRI risk review

PSI Response- British Medical Journal Review published May 2015 The British Medical Journal has published a new study (BMJ 2015; 350:h3190) evaluating the potential risk of use of several Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) from one month prior to conception through the first trimester. This study’s goal was to explore previously found associations between use of SSRIs…

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PSI Letter in response to NYT Article May 2015

Here is a letter we sent in response to Andrew Solomon’s article, “The Secret Sadness of Pregnancy and Depression,” in the New York Times Magazine May 31st. We feel is it always important to list resources for help so we wrote to the NYT to share — www.postpartum.net and 1-800-944-4PPD.  PSI provides resources for moms and families June…

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May 4th is WORLD Maternal Mental Health Day

Learn more about world maternal Mental Health Day 2016 HERE   FROM 2015: PSI Wants New Mothers to Know that “You Are Not Alone.” New York, NY, April 21, 2015 – Childbirth can be one of the happiest times of a woman’s life, and also the most challenging. Unfortunately, for many women, the transition to…

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Welcome to the new PSI Website!

Hello — Welcome to our newly enhanced Postpartum Support International website! Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions  — you can use our Contact Us form. Thank you to Gravitate Design and our awesome website volunteers who have helped us go live. You’ll find lots of great information, resources, local support…

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