MARCH NEWSLETTER
Raise your hand and ask for help,
regardless of what anyone thinks.
— Rachel Hollis

International Women's Day, March 8 2021
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY DAY
SPECIAL EDITION: JOURNAL OF WOMEN'S HEALTH
The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is the highest among industrialized nations, and many health inequities exist among women who are dying. The Office of Research on Women's Health (part of the National Institutes of Health) recently led the development of a special issue of the Journal of Women’s Health, bringing maternal mortality to the forefront. The issue offers a research road map to help end this public health crisis.
PROVIDER FOCUS: POOJA LAKSHMIN MD
Pooja Lakshmin, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and writer specializing in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry. A member of MMHLA's Board of Directors, Dr. Lakshmin is clinical assistant professor at George Washington University and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Her most recent article, How Society Has Turned Its Back On Mothers, is part of the NYT's series "The Primal Scream" that examines how working mothers have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Lakshmin founded GEMMA, the first digital education platform dedicated exclusively to women's mental health in 2020. GEMMA provides expert-lead virtual courses for women's emotional and mental well-being. GEMMAs Spring Zoom course - Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Mental Health - meets once a week for 75 minutes over 5 weeks and covers a broad range of topics related to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including signs and symptoms, prevention strategies, safety of SSRIs, navigating the rollercoaster of feeding, recognizing birth trauma, making COVID-19 vaccine decisions and more.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for NIH Grants to Add or Expand Research Focused on Maternal Health, Structural Racism and Discrimination, and COVID-19
The National Institutes of Health announces a new grant opportunity to address the following scientific priorities in the light of COVID-19:
  • Understand the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection and the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal mental health, well-being, functioning and quality of life.
  • Identify psychosocial and behavioral health risk factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic that affect maternal mental health and functioning outcomes.
  • Address the impact of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) on maternal health outcomes in the context of COVID-19.
Learn more HERE. Deadline is April 21.

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Developing Brain Institute Seeks Perinatal Psychologist -- Washington DC
The Developing Brain Institute at Children's National Hospital in Washington DC is seeking a full-time perinatal psychologist to develop, implement, and train perinatal community caregivers in delivering psychological interventions for expectant and postpartum women experiencing mental health difficulties. Learn more HERE.
UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & Gynecology
Monthly Webinar Series: Novel Approaches to Applying the Biopsychosocial Systems Model to Women’s Health Care
March 11, 2021 / 7 PM EST / Learn more HERE
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Annual Conference: Resilience & Recovery, Research to Practice
March 18-19, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
2020Mom Annual Forum
Redesigning Policy and Systems So All Mothers Can Thrive
March 24-26, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Marce of North America Webinar
Prescribing For Depression In Pregnancy
March 24, 2021 / 3 pm EST / Learn more HERE
Group Peer Support
Facilitator Training
April 6 - 29, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Black Maternal Health Conference
The Role of Doulas in Addressing Maternal Health Disparities
April 9, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Black Maternal Mental Health Conference
April 16-17, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Perinatal Connect Conference
Engaging with Rural Communities to Improve Maternal Mental Health
April 23-24, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy
EMDR Therapy Basic Training
April, May, June 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Marce of North America
Conference dates: October 21-24, 2021 / Virtual
Abstracts due April 15, 2021 / Learn more HERE
"Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of,
but stigma and bias shame us all."
Bill Clinton
Working with Policymakers to Address Maternal Mental Health Conditions
MMHLA -- founded in 2018 -- is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting the mental health of childbearing women in the United States
by advocating for universal education, screening, referral, and treatment
of postpartum depression and related maternal mental health (MMH) conditions.

Our vision is that all childbearing women in the United States will be educated about and screened for maternal mental health conditions and have access to resources for recovery.