Postpartum Health Alliance

March 2016 Newsletter

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A Message from our President

As time moves along and we head into warmer days, we are grateful at Postpartum Health Alliance for the many exciting changes, on the national stage, surrounding perinatal mental health! From a partnership between Postpartum Progress and Apple to study perinatal depression and anxiety through an App, to efforts led by the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health to bring legislation to the floor of the U.S. Congress that will allocate funding for screening for pregnancy and postpartum depression, great things are happening! These monumental steps of progress could only come about through innumerable small acts of courage and coommitment by advocates, survivors, and visionaries. As a member of the National Coalition and a contributor to the California State Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care, PHA is doing its part. And you can too! This Spring, PHA Board members and supporters will be asking for meetings with our local elected representatives to ask them for their commitment to support the proposed legislation Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015 [H.R. 3235/S. 2311]L If you are willing to be a part of our local effort, please contact Gretchen Mallios to be included.

In addition, this month we begin our education luncheon series with Dr. Danny SIngley of Men Excel. We are also thrilled that the always interesting and fun PMADs study group has been renewed and is now in a rotating format. We thank former board member Abby Burd and our current Outreach co-chair Rachel Rabinor for hosting the first two groups. And lastly, the planning committee will be announcing details for our annual Meet and Greet soon. So stay tuned!

Thank you again for your continued interest and support of Postpartum Health Alliance.

Gretchen Mallios, LCSW, MPP, RYT

PMADS Study Group

Friday, April 29th, 12:30-2pm

3368 2nd Avenue

San Diego, CA

The PMADS study group is now a regularly occuring event! If you would like to join fellow like minded professionals in order to gain support and knowledge around the treatment of PMADS make sure to not miss the next one on April 29th!

Parking + Gate Code

--There is metered parking north of Upas and free parking to the south

-- Code to the gate is 802


Please RSVP to so I know how many chairs we need.

Feel free to bring any desired food or beverage.


Please share any ideas you may have! The agenda is open and can include case consultation or other topics of interest.

Postpartum Support International's annual conference will be in our beautiful city this year. If you have never attended a PSI conference, you are missing out. Mark your calendars for June 24 and 25. The pre-conference certification training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders will be June 22-23. Make sure to register for the conference by May 6 to get special rate early bird registration!

PMADs News and Medical Updates

Featured Spotlight of the Month

A Story of My Experience

"I felt beautiful during my pregnancy. Labor seemed like it would be just another part of the lovely experience. “I’m an educated woman. I’ve taken a Lamaze class. I’ll be fine!”

Dr. Kira Bartlett is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of successful clinical experience with individuals and groups in psychotherapy. She maintains private practices in White Plains and NYC, and specializes in perinatal mood disorders. Read about her postpartum experience here. (Blog originally published through Postpartum Support International)

PHA Wants to Hear from YOU!

Do you have a new moms group you would like others it know about? Are you doing something in your practice that you think other providers ought to know? If so, contact us at The PHA newsletter could be a great opportunity to spread the word and connect the community of those who support PMADS awareness.

Special New Section Coming Next Month! (LOOK FOR IT HERE)

Member highlights, classes, and local groups.

With the anticipation of our updated website, PHA looks forward to highlighting groups, classes, and workshops by our PHA members and partners. Look for it in the upcoming month. In the meanwhile, be sure to register for the PHA Clinical Listserve so that you can get clinical updates and inquires from your fellow PHA cliniicans

Annual Renewal Notices Have Been Sent!

Membership renewal notices and reminders have been sent out from our Membership Chair, Jen Fisher, this past December 2015. Make sure to check your inboxes for your notice or renew here today!

The PHA Clinical List Serve

The PHA Clinical List serve is a benefit to PHA members only and is intended to provide immediate access to other providers for ease of referrals, appropriate promotion of services and support of each other with clinical questions and the sharing of ideas, articles and research. Amber Rukaj, LMFT and past president of PHA is moderating a Google group called PHA Clinical List-serve. If you are currently a member of PHA, you should receive an email inviting you to join the group. If you are not a current member of PHA, please make sure you have renewed your most recent membership to have access to this group. If you have not received an email invitation to the group, please notify Amber at

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