Postpartum Support International (PSI)
Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Teresa Twomey, MFA, JD

Perinatal Psychosis Task Force

Teresa, a survivor of perinatal psychosis (and former litigation attorney and professional business mediator), has been engaged in maternal mental health advocacy for over 20 years, with a special focus on perinatal psychosis (PP). She began as a PSI State Coordinator in VA, then later in CT and as the Legal Resources Coordinator. She co-led the creation of the PSI-CT chapter and served as Board President. In 2009, her book Understanding Postpartum Psychosis: A Temporary Madness (Praeger) was published and it remains a popular resource today. She also served as a peer reviewer at the National Institute for Mental Health. Teresa spearheaded and/or advised on many major initiatives and resource creations, including: the PP Taskforce, PSI’s online PP support groups, the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline, and the PPP Awareness Day. She has provided subject-matter editing and review for many books and articles and has been interviewed for a number of blogs and television shows, including Dr. Phil and the New York Times. She founded and manages what is likely the largest PP peer-support group on Facebook.

With Kristina Dulaney, she conceived of the idea for the Slaying the Monstrous Misconceptions about PPP Roundtable.  She has presented many talks and trainings, including Grand Rounds, a Tedx talk, and conference presentations. With Cheryl Beck, she recently published a refereed research paper on posttraumatic growth after PP. Her advocacy is informed by her education, in-depth reading on PP, broad reading on social justice, and conversations with hundreds of people affected by PP.  Her current primary focus is changing language to change outcomes through improving awareness, diagnosis, treatment, recovery and allyship.