WelcomePregnancy and postpartum Mood Disorders (PPMD) affect 10 to 20% of all mothers and about 10% of fathers. You are not alone. Help is available. You can get well. For support, call 1.888.404.7763
PSI of WA has been supporting families for 25 years. We have helped 1000s of families throughout the state on our Warm Line and at our support groups. Each family who reaches out to us-learn that they are not alone, and that treatment and help is available!
Did you know that PSI has a provider list with psychiatrists, ARNPs, therapists, doulas, acupuncturists-specializing in perinatal mood disorders?
We have expanded support groups and educational programming and outreach throughout the state.
See how you can help volunteer or donate.
Indianapolis, IN, September 30, 2014 - October 2, 2014
Maternal-Child Health Conference 2014: A conference for perinatal professionals
Heidi Koss MA, LMHC will be giving 3 different talks:
Sometimes called the “Postpartum Depression Imposter”, this session with review the important differences in presentation, screening and treatment for bipolar spectrum disorders during pregnancy and postpartum. Bipolar type II and type I will be discussed including postpartum psychosis and infanticide. The principles of treatment of bipolar disorder in pregnant and postpartum women will be discussed with discussion including weighing the risk/benefit ratio of treating with pharmaceuticals or not during pregnancy and lactation.
This session with explore common hurdles many parents experience contributing to a difficult transition into parenthood. We will explore how culture, adjustments in Marriage/Couplehood from “We to Three” and Individual Family of Origin (FOO) issues contribute to this wild ride of becoming a mother or father. Principles of Gottman & Gottman’s “Bringing Baby Home” program will be incorporated into the impact having a baby has on a couple’s relationship.
In this session we will explore various treatment methods used when working with healing birth trauma and PTSD. Topics addressed include: assessing the client’s needs, addressing the impact on the couple, integrating the birth story into a cohesive self-narrative, use of bi-lateral therapeutic methods such as EMDR, Somatic Resourcing, Life-Span Integration; and other methods as well such as exposure/desensitization, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), psychodrama methodologies.
Postpartum Support International of Washington is very excited to announce the long awaited release of the revised version of our popular booklet, Beyond the Birth. This booklet has been a staple in the postpartum community, and a tremendous resource for professionals and nonprofessionals alike, since 1997. It was recently completely updated and greatly expanded by local experts in the postpartum community, to include information on all of subtypes of Postpartum Mood Disorders, including means of identification, treatment, and where to find additional resources
To purchase your copy of this invaluable resource,click on one of the options below. The cost of the booklets is as follows:
1-99 copies:$9.50 each
100-299 copies: $8.50 each
300 or more: $7.00 each
We hope you will be as pleased as we are with the Sixth Edition of Beyond the Birth. As with previous editions, all proceeds from booklet sales go directly to Postpartum Support International of Washington, so that support, education, and outreach efforts can be continued for those in our community.
Thank you for your continued support in helping mothers, babies, and families thrive.
This booklet has been a staple in the postpartum community, and a tremendous resource for professionals and nonprofessionals alike, since 1997. It was recently completely updated and greatly expanded by local experts in the postpartum community, to include information on all of subtypes of Postpartum Mood Disorders, including means of identification, treatment, and where to find additional resources.
Monthly Business MeetingsPSI of WA hosts monthly business meetings for our Board of Directors and all our volunteers the 4th Wednesday evening of every month from 6:30-9:00pm (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm location and time). If you are interested in volunteering with PSI of WA, please come to a meeting and get to know us!
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