Postpartum Health Alliance

May 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the Postpartum Health Alliance members’ newsletter! Home of your monthly updates on PMAD's research and local events focused on increasing PMAD's awareness!

The Blue Dot is the Winner of Postpartum Support International’s Universal Symbol Contest!

Postpartum Support International (PSI) joined with other perinatal mental health advocates as sponsors of a contest to create a universal symbol for Maternal Mental Health... and the BlueDotProject won! Special thanks to all of you who voted and helped make this possible... we are excited for all that is to come!

Upcoming Trainings and Events

Summer Edu Luncheon: Postpartum Couples: A Gottman Perspective

Couples are faced with many challenges following the birth of their child including shifts in roles, values, intimacy, responsibility, financial burden, sleep, mood, and more. It’s no wonder relationship satisfaction decreases for two thirds of couples after having a baby. Not only is relationship distress detrimental to the couple, but it can impact the baby and individual mental health as well. This presents a critical time for couples to learn relationship enhancing skills to increase connection, manage conflict, and create shared meaning in order to successfully weather the transition into parenthood.

Presenters Kimberly Panganiban, M.A., LMFT and Andrea Knox, M.A., IMF will help participants learn how to effectively identify, intervene and prevent postpartum relationship distress.

Friday, June 20th, 12-1:30pm
Elijah's Restaurant located at Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, CA, 92037

Event is free for PHA members and $10 for non-members. Course meets the qualifications for 1 hour 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, email

Climb Out of the Darkness 2014!

Join us in participating in the world's largest event for moms with PPD & more. The Climb Out of Darkness event raises awareness of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and OCD, postpartum bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis and pregnancy depression and anxiety. The event was created by and benefits Postpartum Progress Inc., a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that raises awareness and supports pregnant and new moms with maternal mental illness.

Women around the world participate in this grassroots event by going on a hike, climb or walk outside on the longest day of the year (June 21st) to shine a light on PPD and related illnesses.

We encourage you to JOIN OUR CLIMB by clicking here! To learn more about the event or to learn how you can create your own climb, click here... We can't wait to CLIMB with you!

Other Events & Upcoming Trainings

  • (Vista, CA) - Join Cloud b, Wee Babe, and sleep expert Jen Varela to learn how you can stop bedtime battles with your little ones! Friday, May 30 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Click here to learn more and register for this informative event!
  • (Chapel Hill, NC) - 27th Annual Postpartum Support International Conference, Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • (Online Event) - PSI and the 2020 Mom Project present a 7-course Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals. Begins September 8, 2014 until January 26, 2015. Learn more by clicking here.

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