Baby girl with mother

PSI offers support, information, and resources to these specialized populations: families impacted by Postpartum Psychosis, Adoptive Parents, Bed Rest, Birth Mothers, Breast- and Body-Feeding, Dads, Grandparents, Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Infertility, Insomnia, Maternal Near Miss Survivors, Military Families, NICU parents, Post Abortion, Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Spanish-speaking Families, and Arabic-speaking families. We have developed specialized coordinators in response to a growing number of requests from families. Specialized Coordinators work in conjunction with local PSI Support Coordinators to offer support and resources.

Postpartum Psychosis Support Coordinators:

PSI has Support Coordinators to provide support and assistance to women and families of women who are experiencing postpartum psychosis but who do not need emergency support.  Please visit our Postpartum Psychosis Help Page for more information.

Adoptive Parents Coordinator:

Mood and Anxiety Disorders during the postpartum period are experienced by more than just birthing parents.  Parents who have adopted a baby/child can experience challenges with mood and anxiety as well.  Please visit our Adoptive and Birth Mothers Page for more information.

Bed Rest Coordinator:

Some pregnancies present significant challenges, such as bed rest. The experience of bed rest during pregnancy can increase the risk of developing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and PSI has a specialized Coordinator to help support those impacted by bed rest during pregnancy.
Emily Lopez
209-214-8002 (call or text) | emilylopez.psi@gmail.com

Birth Mothers Coordinator:

PSI has a Specialized Coordinator dedicated to birth moms who are having a hard time, either with the birth and relinquishment of their baby or with subsequent pregnancies. Please visit our Adoptive and Birth Mothers Page for more information.

Breast- and Body-Feeding Coordinator:

We often hear that breast- and body-feeding is the most natural thing in the world. But the experience is often anything but easy, and can significantly exacerbate anxiety and depression in new parents. Moorea is available to offer support and understanding around the mental health challenges of breast- and body-feeding.
Moorea Malatt
206-591-0621 (call or text) | moorea@savvyparentingsupport.com

Dads Coordinator:

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are not only experienced by moms, and PSI’s Specialized Coordinator for Dads provides understanding and support for fathers who are struggling. Please visit our Help For Dads Page for more information.

Feeding Complications Coordinator:

Complications with feeding are not a cause of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, but can absolutely make the postpartum period much more difficult. Our Specialized Coordinator for parents navigating feeding concerns related to chest/breastfeeding, prematurity, and other medical conditions can provide support that recognizes every journey is different.

Courtney Williams
816-519-9889 (call or text) | psikansascitycoordinator@gmail.com

Grandparents Coordinator:

Some grandparents will experience a recurrence of a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder after the birth of her or his grandchild. PSI’s Specialized Coordinator for Grandparents provides understanding and support for grandparents who find themselves struggling.

Jane Honikman
805-967-9757  (call) | 805-252-6226  (text) | jane@janehonikman.com

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Coordinator:

Pregnancy can come with rather unpleasant symptoms. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a pregnancy complication that is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and possibly dehydration. This is not simply “bad morning sickness”, but it is all too often minimized or left undiagnosed.  Because this is not a common symptom, it can feel isolating and frightening. Talking to someone who has been been there can be very helpful, and our HG Specialized Coordinator is here for that exact purpose.

Lauren Harris
413-626-8958 (call or text) | Lauren@LaurenEHarris.com
Lauren is on leave until mid-May.

Infertility Coordinator:

A diagnosis of infertility is often considered a medical and emotional crisis and is often coupled with the experience of grief and/ or loss. As result, individuals navigating infertility are at an increased risk of experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.  These symptoms can also accompany a pregnancy or even the care of a newborn after infertility has been resolved. Having support to navigate this unique period can be extremely helpful.  No two journeys to parenthood are the same and for this reason, PSI has a support coordinator who has special knowledge and understanding of these circumstances.

Ashley Waclawiak
210-802-8015 (call or text) | ashley@awwellness.com

Insomnia Coordinator:

Insomnia is often associated with pregnancy and the postpartum period. But sometimes it can become overwhelming. Many individuals find themselves struggling to cope from day to day, We understand severe insomnia is especially distressing, and requires extra support. PSI’s Insomnia Coordinator is here to provide a safe place to talk, and help find a way through the challenges of insomnia.

Sarah Cairo
541-513-4638 (call or text) | sarahcairo@ymail.com

LGBTQIA+ Coordinator:

The term “parents” means so more than a mom and a dad pair. Just as the LGBTQIA+ acronym suggests, there is a wide range of sexual orientations and gender identities that comprise parents who may be struggling with mental health during pregnancy and postpartum. Queer families are at higher risk for perinatal mood struggles for a variety of reasons including: discrimination, stigma, possible issues with their family of origin, conception or adoption complications, denial of parental rights and more.  Please visit our Support for Queer Parents page for more information.

Maternal Near Miss Coordinators:

A maternal near miss is an event where a woman nearly dies due to pregnancy or childbirth related complications. The events are often unexpected and may leave the survivor feeling isolated and alone. If you, or a loved one, are a maternal near miss survivor looking for support please reach out to Tomeka or Victoria.  You may also request to join the Maternal Near Miss Survivors Support Group on Facebook, which is run by peer support volunteers independently of PSI.

Tomeka Isaac
704-966-7072 (call or text) | Tomeka.psi@gmail.com

Victoria Hampton
204-202-0744 (call or text) | Victoria@maternalnearmiss.org

Military Families Coordinators:

PSI has Support Coordinators to support military families of several branches. Please visit our Support Military Families page for more information.

Muslim Parents Coordinator:

Postpartum mood are experienced across all races, cultures and religious groups. Muslim Parents who are coping with a postpartum mood disorder and would like to connect with someone with knowledge and understanding of their background can feel free to connect with Hajara:

Hajara Kutty
hajux@yahoo.ca

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU):

The experience of having a baby in the NICU can be frightening, isolating and overwhelming.  Parents who have a baby in the NICU or are now home after a NICU stay are invited to reach out to our Specialized Coordinator for NICU parents.

Kara Hartwig
858-754-9916 (call or text) | Kara.psi.nicu@gmail.com

Parents of Multiples Coordinator:

From the moment you find out you’re expecting multiples to the day you are juggling newborns in your hands, being a parent of multiples is a unique and overwhelming experience.  Stress, worries, and guilt can be amplified when you’re caring for more than one baby, which may increase the risk of a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder.  PSI’s Specialized Coordinators are here to help.  Rebecca and Angelica are twin moms and available to provide knowledge and support.

Rebecca Au
‪415-651-4599‬ (call or text) | Rebecca.PSI.POM@gmail.com

Angelica Marconi
224-707-0206 (call or text) | marconiangelica3@gmail.com

Perineal Tear Coordinator:

The physical recovery from childbirth can be much more difficult than we expected. Birth injuries such as 3rd or 4th degree tears can increase the risk of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and are often suffered in silence due to the embarrassing complications such as fecal incontinence and fistulas. You aren’t alone! Our Specialized Coordinator for Birth Tearing is here to provide support for those who suffered a severe tear during childbirth. You may also join the Facebook community, 4th Degree Tear Support Group, which is run independently of PSI. 

Laura Fry
717-417-0003 (call or text) | laura.fry.psi@gmail.com

Post Abortion Coordinators:

Abortion is a common experience – one in four women will choose to terminate a pregnancy and 60% of those are already parenting. Despite abortion being a common experience, it is also very complex. From the stigma surrounding abortion, to the various reasons that can make an abortion decision difficult, we know that nonjudgmental support after abortion is essential. The PSI Post-Abortion Specialized Coordinators offer this nonjudgmental support, as well as assistance in getting you connected to further resources like mental health therapy and peer groups.

Rachel Dyer
‪971-202-0517‬ (call or text) | abortion.scc@gmail.com

Lisa Myers
‪505-570-5746‬ (call or text) | lisakmyers518@gmail.com

Preeclampsia and Long-term Health Complications Coordinator:

Occurring in both pregnant and postpartum women, preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that is characterized by high blood pressure. There are also other maternal health complications of pregnancy and delivery that can be more long-term and leave parents with unresolved feelings of anxiety or sadness. If you are going through preeclampsia or long-term health complications, it might help to talk with someone who has also experienced these complications. Our specialized coordinator is here to listen to your unique experience, support you and your support system, and offer resources whenever helpful.

Kim Hawley
816-287-0156 (call or text) | kim.psimissouri@gmail.com

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Coordinator:

PSI has 4 Support Coordinators to support individuals and families who lost a pregnancy or baby. Please visit our Support for Loss & Grief in Pregnancy and Postpartum page for resources, loss-specific support groups and our Pregnancy and Infant Loss Specialized Coordinators’ information.

Pregnancy Termination for Medical Reasons Coordinator:

Many parents face the difficult choice to end a pregnancy due a devastating maternal and fetal diagnosis. Our specialized coordinator provides non-judgmental support to families who experienced termination for medical reasons.

Stefani Huey
864-334-8854 (call or text) | shuey.psi@gmail.com

Special Needs Coordinator:

Navigating a medically complicated pregnancy or managing unexpected consequences such as having a newborn with medical complications or special needs, can add strain to what can already be an incredibly stressful period for parents. Logistics of care, medical appointments and unique support needs can create an isolating and overwhelming experience which can increase the risk of experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.  Rest assured – you are not alone. PSI has a specialized coordinator who has been in your shoes and understands this indescribable experience.

Ashley Waclawiak
210-802-8015 (call or text) | ashley@awwellness.com

Substance Use and Moms Coordinator:

PSI has a specialized substance use coordinator that provides support to women and families of women who are experiencing a problem with drugs and/or alcohol. Whether you are experiencing substance use, misuse or abuse, this may result in feelings of shame and guilt. These feelings, along with the stigma of using substances may leave you feeling isolated and afraid to access needed resources.

Jocelyn Nikita
226-221-9369 | psiwindsoressex@gmail.com

Teen and Young Adult Moms Coordinator:

Having a baby as a teenager or younger adult can be stressful, lonely and overwhelming.  Salina works with teen moms and can provide understanding and support, as well as helpful resources.

Salina Rodriguez
Salina can assist teen mothers and their families in English and Spanish
916-585-3187 (call or text) | SalinaR.PSI@gmail.com

 

Support to Spanish-Speaking Families:

APOYO DE PSI PARA LAS FAMILIAS HISPANO PARLANTES
1-800-944-4773, #1
Llame al número de teléfono gratuito para obtener recursos, apoyo e información gratuita. Déjenos un mensaje y un voluntario le devolverá la llamada. Podrá encontrar más información y recursos en la página web de PSI. Presione en el botón siguiente.

Call the toll-free Phone line, select #1, for resources, support, and information. Leave us a message, and one of our support volunteers will call you back. We also have Online Resources on the PSI website. Click on website below.
Telephone: 1-800-944-4773, #1 | Website

Support for Arabic Speaking Families

Nadia Abdulla
Nadia provides email and telephone support, and can help you find resources in your country.
Telephone: 004369911941710 | nadoshka2002@hotmail.com