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Encyclopedia > Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International (PSI) is an international 501(c)(3) non-profit devoted to eliminating the denial and ignorance of emotional health related to childbirth. Formed on June 26, 1987, PSI has 90 coordinators worldwide offering social support to mothers and families who have suffered from a postpartum mood disorder such as postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis. Image File history File links Psi_logo. ... Postpartum depression (also postnatal depression) is a form of major depression for which treatment is effective and widely recommended. ... After giving birth, about 70-80% of women experience an episode of baby blues, feelings of depression, anger, anxiety and guilt lasting for several days. ...



The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes women often experience during pregnancy and after birth.


PSI releases a newsletter called PSI news 4 times a year.


PSI holds conferences in cities around the world. Previous conferences include:

2006 - Jersey City, New Jersey Perinatal Mental Health Community Solutions, Interventions and Treatment Options

2005 - San Jose, California Overcoming Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in Childbearing Women

2004 - Chicago, Illinois Engaging and Supporting Mothers, Partners/Families and Communities in Obtaining Care for Perinatal Mood Disorders: Focus on Fathers, Ethnicity, and Spirituality

2003 - New York City, New York Perinatal Mental Health: Communities Making A Difference; Providing for the Health and Safety of Families Worldwide

2002 - Santa Barbara, California Access to Perinatal Mental Health Care: Serving Underserved Populations through Culturally Appropriate Interventions

2001 - Santa Barbara, California PSI Social Support Networks; Bridging the Gap: Helping Mothers and Families

2000 - Santa Barbara, California PSI Board Retreat; Charting Our Future

1999 - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Canada Broadening Our Horizons; Working Together to blend the traditional and practical"

1998 - University of Iowa, Iowa City In Conjuction with the Biennial Marcé Society Conference

1997 - Las Vegas, Nevada Childbearing: Family Stress, Depression and Anxiety

1996 - London, U.K. In Conjuction with the Biennial Marcé Society Conference

1995 - High Point, North Carolina "Happily Ever After...Myth or Reality"

1994 - Toronto, Canada Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: "Impact on the Family and Helping Families Heal"

1993 - Chicago, Illinois Postpartum Mental Health Issues; The Search for Models of Care

1992 - San Diego, California Working Together for Change

1991 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Answering The Call

1990 - St. Louis, Missouri Postpartum Depression

1989 - Seattle, Washington Recognition, Assesment, Research, Treatment & Legal Issues

1988 - Princeton, New Jersey Prediction, Recognition, Prevention, Treatment

1987 - Santa Barbara, California First Annual Postpartum Mental Health Conference

External links

  • [http://www.postpartum.net



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