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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. ...

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Purpose

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.


Publications

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


Conferences

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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