Postpartum Health Alliance

April 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the PHA newsletter! Home of your updates on PMADs research, local events focused on increasing PMADs awareness and more!

Do you Need to Renew Your PHA Membership?

Becoming a member of PHA not only helps us in fulfilling our mission, but entitles you to the many benefits of membership. If you did not receive a renewal notice, please contact us! Your membership can also be renewed online by clicking here!

The PHA Clinical List Serve is Here!

The PHA Clinical List serve is a new 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 will be moderating a Yahoo group called PHA Clinical Listserve. If you are currently a member of PHA, you will be receiving 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.

Upcoming Trainings and Events

PHA Need Your Opinion!

We are interested in your opinion about offering a screening of the documentary film Dark Side of the Full Moon in central San Diego. The film examines issues in perinatal mental health treatment in the United States and may provide opportunities for raising awareness and dialogue in our community. A trailer of the film can be viewed below. To inform our decision to invest in rights to screen the movie, a screening venue, and creating a screening event, we would like to know about your interest in attending. Please take 2 minutes to complete our brief survey below to share your interest level with us by Friday, April 24th.

Dark Side of the Moon Interest Survey

Support Mothers this Mother's Day!

Shoppers turn to for great Mother's Day gifts like jewelry, flowers, and electronics. Shop at in support of Postpartum Health Alliance. Amazon will donate 0.5% of each purchases to PHA!

To sign up:

1. Simply go to

2. Sign into your Amazon account

3. Select "Postpartum Health Alliance" as the charity of your choice.

4. Feel good knowing that you are supporting PHA's mission of raising awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety symptoms and disorders and providing support and treatment referrals to women and their families.

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PMADS Study Group

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

5100 Marlborough Dr

San Diego, CA

Are you interested in learning more or gaining professional support around the treatment of PMADS? Mary L. Obata, M.A., MFT is holding a free study group for PHA members and clinicians on the topic of the prevention of postpartum depression. Please email if you are interested in attending!

May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

PHA is partnering with the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health and the California Coalition for Maternal Mental Health to raise awareness this May. You can join our efforts by sharing and forwarding the messages on social media. Be sure you follow @PHASanDiego on Twitter and Postpartum Health Alliance on Facebook...Find out more about the national May campaign here!

PMADs News and Medical Updates

PHA's Featured Blog or Article of the Month

Three Truths About C-Section Mamas

Births don't always go according to plan and recognizing the beauty in the variety of birth stories gives a voice to the common experience of many women. Photographer Nicole Monet feels blessed to capture the strong, intimate and beautiful moments of birth. Read the article from the blog Cord here.