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PMH Certification Pathway

In August 2018, the first Certification in Perinatal Mental Health will be available through Postpartum Support International.

The Perinatal Mental Health Certification Program creates a structure for professional education and evaluation, and a standardization of training and experience to inform families and payers of perinatal mental health specialists. The certification curriculum requirements build on existing evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate trainings, adding an advanced-training component.

The Perinatal Mental Health Certification will be available for three groups:

  • Mental Health / Psychotherapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Affiliated Professions (Nurses, Doulas, Childbirth Educators, Lactation, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Dietitians, Certified Coaches)

Certification candidate requirements

  • Practice: 2 years minimum work experience relevant to the field of perinatal mental health
  • Education:
    • Graduate degree (Psychotherapy)
    • Medical or Advance Practice Nursing Degree (Prescriber)
    • Professional Credential (Affiliated professionals)
  • Training: Completion of evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate training, comprising 14 hours certificate training + 6 hours advanced training. Contact certification@postpartum.net for more information or to submit course application for approval.

The PSI conference provides the following selections to satisfy the Certification educational pre-requisites:

Affiliated Professionals:

Mental Health/Psychotherapy: 


  • Psychopharmacology and Perinatal Mental Health: Part I and II: Saturday, July 14 (3 hrs)
  • ReproPsych Presents: Difficult Cases in Reproductive Psychiatry in 2018: Sunday, July 15 (3 hrs)

 Read HERE for more information about the PMH Certification and requirements.


Postpartum Support International.