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Postpartum Support International


In response to the growing mental health needs of pregnant and postpartum families in underserved communities particularly affected by COVID-19, the PSI Community Engagement Committee designed a one-time grant to award innovative programs that address disparities, bridge gaps in care, or address financial and socioeconomic needs. The Grant Committee, led by PSI Board Member Dr. Nicole Doghor, was inspired to learn of the innovative and life-saving work being done around the United State to serve individuals and families.

The grant was open to groups and organizations focused on perinatal mental health, including community organizations, support groups, healthcare systems, and PSI state chapters. The grant application asked programs to identify the community served, identify the needs, and share a program design including outcome measures that would address those needs. Award options were from $500 – $10,000; the size of the grant was dependent upon the scope of the project and the number of people served. Applications were reviewed and evaluated by PSI state chapters and the PSI Community Engagement Committee. 224 programs applied and 32 were granted funds.

Funds were generated through the PSI Perinatal Action Fund, which combines dedicated funds from a portion of the PSI Climb Out of the Darkness, the PSI Affordable Perinatal Care campaign, and PSI general funds dedicated to the Community Engagement Grants.

See the full list of grant recipients here.



PSI is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:

We are in great need of Support Coordinators and Specialized Support Coordinators in areas across the US 

We are in need in the following state/areas:

Arizona Kentucky Pennsylvania
Arkansas Massachusetts British Columbia
Georgia New York Manitoba
Indiana Oklahoma Nova Scotia
Also, looking for specialized support coordinators in the following areas: Colic, Pregnancy & Infant Loss, Surrogate Carriers

If you are interested and want to learn more view the full list and apply.


Fertility Challenges Online Support Group

Every Thursday @ 11 am ET/8 am PT

This group is intended for those who have been actively trying to conceive for six months or longer. It is led by PSI-trained facilitators (each with lived experience with primary and/or secondary fertility challenges).

Struggling with fertility issues can be a lonely experience and this group helps provide an avenue for healing and hope. This group helps women find support as they navigate the pain of fertility challenges.

We are here to help. Register today





Come as you are and join other parents in one of our many online support groups.  The environment is very casual, and babies and children are welcome. You are not alone, and we are here for you. 

For a full list of Online Support Groups or to register visit our page here.

Download or view the support group weekly schedule


AMCHP Releases Federal Maternal Health Bill Tracker
Congress is currently considering more than 30 bills that address maternal health. And now, thanks to the work of Mind the Gap Coalition Partner, Alyson Northrup, MP, Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), advocates can easily track these bills and identify opportunities for strategic action. Search the code phrase: “mental health” to identify all the bills that specifically advance maternal mental health or mention maternal mental health. Users can also identify which bills have bipartisan support.

Sign up the for the Mind the Gap Newsletter


If you registered for the conference, but missed any of the sessions at the PSI conference or want to listen to a session again, Conference recordings will be available for viewing until September 30, 2021.

To listen to recordings, login into your account here


Anyone interested in Leading a 2022 Climb team(aka hosting a Climb) event in your area can begin the process by doing the following: 
1. Complete the 2022 Interest Form here
2. Follow @psiclimbout on Facebook and Instagram 
3. Schedule a meeting with Emily Newton 
4. Request a copy of the Climb Leader Guide **this is the 2021 guide, as the 2022 guide will not be available until this fall.** 
5. Once you have done these things email Emily Newton  for the next steps 



Hosted by PSI and 2020 Mom

PSI and 2020 Mom present a Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals. This online webinar series includes eight live sessions, small group discussions, supplemental reading materials, 16 continuing education credits (where applicable), and a certificate of completion. Credits count towards PMH-C certification.

Classes are on Mondays, according to the schedule, from 10am-12noon PST; However, classes are recorded and can be watched at any time. Next class begins September 13, 2021

Deadline for registration: Wednesday, September 8, 11:55pm Pacific Time


All training dates offer the 2-day Components of Care, Advanced Psychotherapy, and Advanced Psychopharmacology (unless marked)


Virtual Trainings 

In-Person 2021

In-Person Trainings in 2021 have been canceled or rescheduled for 2022.  All registrants should have been contacted with registration options.  If you have questions, contact Orrin Banta.

In-Person 2022


We welcomed 84 new PMH-C's in July 2021.  

Do you have questions about the PMH-C? PSI hosts a monthly call where we can answer your questions! The PMH-C call is the perfect time to have questions answered about qualifications, exam preparation, trainings, etc.

Join us for the FAQ Chat on Zoom First Friday @ 1 pm PST/4EST  Register for the call here. 

We are now offering the option to have a professionally printed version of your PMH-C certificate. The certificate is for those providers who have already passed the PMH-C exam, and are PMH-C Certified.  Visit the store to order


Perinatal Mental Health Certificate (PMH-C)
July 2021

You can find the full list of PMH-C recipients HERE

AK Lisa Lindquist IL  Jennifer Gentry NC Nancy Prothero
AZ Ashley Zelinski IL  Emily Pagone ND Sara Fries
CA  Brittney Borlik IN Sonya Ruedlinger OH  Alexandra Dalheim
CA  Kathleen Lourenco IA Angela Emerson OH  Katherine Biehn
CA  Tara Egemo KS Sherri LaFollette OK  Leah Steele
CA  Holly Evans KY Lori Hibbs OK  Jessica Hodges
CA  Angela Fulmer ME Brandy Rogers OK  Karly Mason
CA  Jordan Gutierrez MD Lyndsey Williams OK  Christine McGlashen
CA  Heidi Roselle MA  Brianna Mangano OR  Candyce Monteleone
CA  Anna Livak Hale MA  Jessica Stuart-Shor OR  Cody Alvey
CA  Jennifer Samstag MA  Christina Althen OR  Kathryn Bereman-Skelly
CA  Elizarahy Martinez MI Cynthia Davies PA Cortney Tabb
CA  Francia Telesford MI Michaela Ayew-ew PA Tayler Flores
CA  Heather Stirnus MI Katherine Kittredge PA Amanda Benbow
CA  Amanda Schubert MI Emily Kohler PA Aparna Kumar
CA  Carla Avalos MI Ashleigh Locklear RI Jane Wall
CA  Kara Rubens MO  Alisa Perozo-Dickerson TN Catharine Whiting Taliaferro
CA  Laurulian Hoover Rios MT Christina Wingerter TN Mallory Haney-Veres
CA  Tracy Dasho MT Megan Fallon TX Virginia Dalton
CO  Jessica Sletten NJ Sonja Seglin TX Jaclyn Herrig
CT Erin Iwanusa NJ Mary Bruce-Kulcsar TX Becky Spencer
CT Julia Israelski NJ Kristina Vande Vrede TX Erin Fassnacht
FL Megan Barthle-Herrera NJ Janine Cook TX Lucero Gonzalez Franco Haghenbeck
HI Kealakai Hammond NM Amelia Trujillo UT Jalynn Porter
IL  Chelsea Solorzano NY Rachael Morris WA Kaya Colin
      NY Aasha Foster-Mahfuz WI  Frances Jordahl
            WI  Neeley Welch-Lamers
ON  Rebecca Roessner ON Melanie Mahrt-Smith ON Carla Bertolin-Siegmund
ON  Karisa Haverkamp ON Jane Flindall SK Kristin Reinhart
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