BACK TO SCHOOL!
SO MANY GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN,
GET INVOLVED, AND STAY CONNECTED!
UPDATES FROM THE MARCE SOCIETY
The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health is an international, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to supporting research and assistance surrounding prenatal and postpartum mental health
for mothers, fathers, and babies.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGs)

The Fathers SIG recently launched a listserv to facilitate communication within the international community of Marcé members interested in perinatal fathers. EMAIL Sheehan Fisher for more information.

The Prevention SIG has a new SURVEY for people to choose the subgroups they are interested in joining. Please complete the survey by August 31.
Australasian Marce Society
Virtual Conference
September 9-10, 2021
Early Bird Registration ends Aug 15
The 1st Marcé Africa Maternal Mental Health Virtual Conference
September 16, 2021
U.K. and Ireland Marcé Society Virtual Conference
September 30, 2021
Marcé of North America
Virtual Conference
October 21-24, 2021
SAVE THE DATE!
International Marcé Society Conference
September 19-21, 2022 / LONDON
Learn more HERE
UPDATES FROM THE
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION STUDY

NIMH is seeking healthy mothers
ages 18-50 to participate in an outpatient research study examining
the role of reproductive hormones in postpartum depression. This 7-month study at the NIH Clinical Center in suburban Washington DC includes
30-45 minute appointments every two weeks with psychological testing, clinical interviews, mood self-ratings, blood draws and routine lab work.

Learn more HERE.
NIH SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS

NIH is inviting comments from the extramural scientific community, professional societies, and the general public to assist in identifying women's health research gaps and pitfalls in clinical practices. Comments should focus on research gaps and clinical practices related to rising maternal morbidity and mortality rates and
the increasing rates of chronic debilitating conditions in women.

Learn more HERE. Due 9/15/2021.
DECODING MATERNAL AND MORBIDITY DATA CHALLENGE

NICHD announces its Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge to help advance research on maternal health and promote healthy pregnancies. The Challenge goal is to devise new ways of analyzing the large dataset from its Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-to-be (nuMoM2b) to identify factors that impact maternal morbidity and severe maternal morbidity so that clinicians can more quickly and accurately identify and treat pregnancy-related conditions and prevent severe illness or death for a pregnant person.

Total purse for the Challenge is $400,000. Up to 7 winners will be selected, each winning $50,000. Up to 5 additional prizes of $10,000 will be awarded to winning solutions that address MM in at-risk racial and ethnic groups.

Learn more HERE. Due date is October 15, 2021.
PREVENTION OF PERINATAL DEPRESSION:
Improving Intervention Delivery for At-Risk Individuals

NIH recently announced two funding opportunities for applications
to refine and examine preliminary effectiveness of perinatal depression preventive interventions in settings where women receive perinatal care.

Hybrid effectiveness-intervention trials are needed to better understand
how these and other research-supported interventions may be implemented
at scale in diverse health care and community settings by local providers
who are trained to deliver interventions with fidelity.

The research scope of the funding opportunities includes:
  • Refining and pilot testing strategies for identifying women at risk for perinatal depression
  • Developing and testing tools for selecting those most likely to benefit from preventive interventions
  • Refining and testing service-ready efficacious preventive interventions that are of appropriate intensity/dose and are scalable, such that they can be delivered with fidelity by setting providers
  • Optimizing and testing strategies that can be used to train providers and to support delivery of evidence-based approaches with fidelity across diverse health care and community settings

Learn about funding opportunities RFA-MH-21-240 or RFA-MH-21-241.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH 101 WEBINAR
This complementary 1.5 hour webinar covers the basics of maternal mental health. Perfect for anyone new to the field who wants a brief overview. Webinars are offered Sept 9 and Dec 9.
Learn more HERE.
MOTHER-TO-BABY SEMINARS
MotherToBaby, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), is the nation’s leading authority and most trusted source of evidence-based information on the safety of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. MotherToBaby hosts seminars the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month with each seminar addressing a particular topic. Learn moreInterested in learning more? Email Al Romero
REPRODUCTIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY: COMPREHENSIVE YEAR-LONG TRAINING
This 10-month (30-hour) introductory course provides an over-view of reproductive psychology, including infertility, pregnancy / neonatal loss, postpartum issues, and birth trauma. Each month will explore a specific topic in depth. The course is limited to 10 people and starts in September.
Learn more HERE.
FERTILITY COUNSELING POSTGRADUATE CLASS
The field of fertility counseling is a rapidly growing specialty area in psychotherapy. Whether infertility is a presenting problem or occurs during the course of therapy, clinicians need to under-stand challenges faced by clients as they navigate the world of assisted reproduction. This is a 10-month interactive webinar series starting in September. Learn more HERE
ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES
VIRTUAL ADVOCACY DAYS
September 27-28, 2021
Learn more HERE.

Join MomCongress for two virtual days advocating for some of the most pressing maternal health issues facing U.S. mothers.
CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE
October 1-3, 2021
Learn more HERE.

Learn how to engage as a patient advocate and network with other survivors of maternal health complications to propel change.
SUMMER READING
4 WAYS PARENTS CAN CALM
THEIR BACK-TO-SCHOOL FEARS
Pooja Lakshmin, MD, is a reproductive psychiatrist and member of MMHLA's Board of Directors. In this article in New York Times Parenting, Pooja shares tools to cope with the roller coaster of back-to-school emotions.
Learn more HERE.
ARCHIVES OF WOMEN'S MENTAL HEALTH
This is the official journal of the Marcé Society, the International Association for Women's Mental Health, and
the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. This journal aims to share knowledge between psychiatrists and obstetrician-gynecologists through rigorously reviewed research papers, short communications, case reports, review articles, invited editorials, historical perspectives, book reviews, and letters to the editor.
Learn more HERE.

WOMEN'S MOOD DISORDERS
A Clinician's Guide to Perinatal Psychiatry
This important new handbook will help educate and train future psychiatrists and obstetric providers in assessing
and treating childbearing people who suffer mental health conditions during the perinatal timeframe. The handbook was modeled after Massachusetts General Hospital’s handbook for consult-liaison psychiatry and
the Harriet Lane handbook for pediatric care.  
Learn more HERE.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Children's National Seeks Patient Navigators
Children's National Hospital is hiring four patient navigators in the Washington DC area to foster positive and professional interpersonal relationships with patients/families, physicians, hospital staff, community agency representatives and visitors. Learn more HERE.
Society for Women's Health Research Is Hiring
SWHR is seeking to fill three positions: Communications Manager, Development Coordinator / Database Manager, and Science Programs Coordinator. Learn more HERE.
Join the Team at Institute for Medicaid Innovation
IMI has several open positions, including a Maternal Health Research Assistant and several research, intern, and fellowship opportunities. Learn more HERE.
MCPAP for Moms Seeks Perinatal Psychiatrist
MCPAP for Moms is seeking a Women's Mental Health Psychiatristboth clinical and research opportunities, as well as supporting efforts to integrate mental health care into obstetric settings. Learn more HERE.
MedStar Health Seeks Clinical Social Worker
MedStar Washington (DC) Hospital Center is seeking a clinical social worker to provide support to pregnant and postpartum patient to help ensure optimum social adjustment and health during the perinatal continuum. Learn more HERE.
Women's Behavioral Health Division Is Hiring
Zucker Hillside Hospital / Northwell Health Women's Behavioral Health Division in New York City is looking to fill several key positions. For more information, email Kristina Deligiannidis
Positions include:
  • perinatal psychiatry postdoctoral research fellow
  • ACGME-accredited WBH track in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry fellow
  • full-time perinatal psychologist
  • full-time ambulatory physician-in-charge of the Perinatal Psychiatry Center
Education is the key to unlocking the world.
Oprah Winfrey
Working with Policy Makers to Address Maternal Mental Health Conditions
MMHLA -- founded in 2018 -- is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 non-profit organization
advocating for national policy around maternal mental health in the United States.

Our vision is a nation that priorities mental health by providing universal and equitable education, prevention, screening, and treatment for maternal mental health conditions.