Sara Pollard, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CCFP, IMH-E®
Sara Pollard, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CCFP, IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist, is a passionate perinatal mental health advocate. In her formative years, Sara learned firsthand how untreated mental health conditions impact individuals, families, and society. After the birth of her second child, Sara developed symptoms of severe postpartum depression and anxiety. This experience truly changed the trajectory of her life personally, professionally, and spiritually and ignited a new-found passion in perinatal mental health. Sara has a desire to help mothers mother and to help those living with a mental health condition not only survive but thrive.
Sara received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri at Columbia. She is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience in women’s mental health. Sara is a certified compassion fatigue professional and an endorsed infant and family specialist through Infancy Onward. She also has extensive training and experience in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and perinatal grief and loss.
Sara is a national trainer for PSI’s two-day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care training event. She serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Postpartum Support International – Indiana chapter, an organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing across the state of Indiana. Sara enjoys speaking about a variety of topics including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, adverse childhood experiences, and professional quality of life. She brings a sense of humor, practicality, and compassion to each speaking engagement.
Sara is a member of Infancy Onward, the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and Postpartum Support International. She currently works as the Mental Health Consultant with the Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based nurse home visitation program serving first-time, low-income mothers.
Sara’s proudest accomplishments include being a mother to Lily, 20, and Grace, 18, and a wife to her wonderfully supportive husband Jesse. She enjoys hanging out with her family, taking long hikes, and snuggling with her dog Lucy.