About the Podcast
Postpartum Support International (PSI) staff and volunteers reflect on their own lived experience during the perinatal period (pregnancy + postpartum).
Guests will explain how they sought & received help, and how they’re supporting the mental health of new families now. We’ll illustrate PSI’s core belief, that “You are not alone; You are not to blame; With help you will be well,” through storytelling. Each episode will demonstrate that none of us are alone, and that no matter our story, we can all say, “I AM ONE,” of many who are touched by Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. Whether you’re seeking stories from someone who’s been there, or looking for a way to channel your passion for perinatal mental health advocacy, we hope to offer encouragement while making room for the serious and the silly. There is strength in processing trauma and empowerment in sharing stories – so that’s what we’re here to do!
Meet the Hosts
Dani Giddens, PMH-C
Dani is a Perinatal Mental Health-Certified (PMH-C) advocate, trained Group Peer Support (GPS) Leader in her community, and Assistant Director of PSI’s Climb Out of the Darkness Program. Hearing one person’s story on a podcast changed the trajectory of her life. It was the catalyst to finding a therapist, opening up about her own postpartum anxiety, depression & OCD, and realizing she wasn’t alone. Dani is one advocate with a microphone, and she’s not afraid to use it!
Emily Jankowski Newton
Emily is a passionate perinatal mental health advocate, and the Director of PSI’s Climb Out of the Darkness Program. Attending a local Climb Out of the Darkness event helped connect her with other parents, find the help she needed, and was the beginning of something incredible. A combination of treatments including talk therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes helped her recover from Postpartum Anxiety, Depression & OCD. Emily works tirelessly raising awareness, building community and connecting folks worldwide to life-changing perinatal mental health resources.