PHA Newsletter

March 2014

Welcome to the PHA members’ newsletter, your monthly updates on PMAD's research & events focused on increasing PMAD's awareness.

Upcoming Trainings and Events


Having a baby in the NICU can be a frightening and overwhelming experience for most families. These families may fear the possibility of serious illness, disability or even death. Often the need for a NICU stay comes unexpectedly. While recovering on the postpartum floors, these parents see and hear the cries of other healthy babies and feel grief over their birth experience and fears for their baby. It is not surprising that these parents are at higher risk for postpartum depression, anxiety and PTSD. Dr. Krishelle Leong Marc-Aurele will be talking to us about coping with the NICU Experience so professionals can become more aware of the unique challenges and range of emotions these families face.

APRIL 18th, 2014 from 12:00 pm -1:30 pm

Elijah's Restaurant, 8861 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

Event is FREE for PHA Members and $10 for non-members. Course meets the qualifications for 1hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

For questions or to RSVP, please email

Journey of the Family: Treatment of Fathers with Paternal Mental Health Disorders

The Inland Empire Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative presents their 5th Annual Maternal Mental Health Conference

Presenters include:

  • Anna Brandon, Ph.D from the University of North Carolina
  • Jane Hanley, Ph.D., fom the University of Swansea, Wales, UK
  • Daniel Singley, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and founder of Basic Training for New Dads
  • Greg Burchett, M.S., Author of Missing the Links

Weds, April 9th, 8am-5pm
Inland Regional Center
1425 Waterman Ave, San Bernardino

Tickets are $45.00 and lunch will be provided. Click here for the registration form or visit their website at for more information.

Sugar Night Night presents: Gentle Sleep Solutions With Group Coaching For Babies!

Sugar Night Night is excited to provide of Gentle Sleep Solutions via GROUP COACHING for families with babies ages 5 ½ to 13 months. Bottom line: we all want our babies to sleep through the night and have bedtime be peaceful, right? It can be done so come learn how!

During five weeks of Group Coaching you will learn:
  • What the realistic expectations are around sleep and what your baby is capable of.
  • How to meet your baby's sleep needs.
  • Sleep training strategies and identify what method is best for your family.
  • How to create a sleep plan that addresses your specific situation.
  • Get weekly support as you coach your baby to learn the skill of self-soothing.

April 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM - April 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Babies in Bloom
1988 Hacienda Drive
Vista, CA 92081

Click here to register NOW! Or for more information about Jen Varela of Sugar Night Night, visit the website at

Other Events and Upcoming Trainings

Sign the petition for the Obama Administration to consider universal mental health screening for every pregnant and postpartum woman!

On March 5, 2014, a petition was started on to ask for universal mental health screening for every pregnant and postpartum woman. We need 100,000 signatures by April 4, which means we need your help! If we make this mark, by law, the government must open a discovery task force to consider the petition. Please sign and share widely!

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