OCTOBER 2021 NEWSLETTER
UPDATES & ACTIVITIES
IN MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE
With great excitement we share the news that Postpartum Support International (PSI) has been awarded a landmark contract to operate the first-ever Maternal Mental Health Hotline. The Hotline -- funded by the federal government through the Health Resources and Services Administration -- will launch in early 2022 and will be available 24/7, 365 days a year, providing services in English and Spanish via voice, text, and web chat. This is great news for those suffering maternal mental health conditions and those who love and care for them. Learn more HERE. Congratulations, PSI!
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: THE TRIUMPH ACT
Congress has introduced new legislation, the TRIUMPH for New Moms Act, which will coordinate federal efforts around maternal mental health and create a national strategic plan for addressing maternal mental health disorders. Thank you to 20/20Mom for taking the lead on this legislation, which is officially called The Taskforce Recommending Improvements for Unaddressed Mental Perinatal and Postpartum Health (TRIUMPH) for New Moms Act (S.2779/H.R.4217).
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)
NIMH recently updated its strategic plan in which Director Josh Gordon specifically called out two medications he said were the first truly novel antidepressants in decades, including brexanalone (brand name Zulresso), which is the first drug specifically designed to postpartum depression.
40th ANNIVERSARY OF MARCE SOCIETY
The International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health is celebrating 40 years with a special edition of the Archives of Women's Mental Health which focuses on Innovations in Research, Policy, and Clinical Care. The Marce Society is an international, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to supporting research and assistance surrounding perinatal mental health for mothers, fathers, and their babies.
IN THE NEWS
Out of the Mouths of Babes:
Lessons from Little Ones In Everyday Life
Nicole Barnett is a mom of three beautiful girls and a longtime advocate for maternal mental health. In her first book -- Out of the Mouths of Babes -- Nicole invites mothers to reframe everyday exchanges with their children as teachable moments. Written In a daily devotional format, Nicole shares relatable adventures
of life with young children.
Dr. Carly Snyder Introduces MOOD Bars
Dr. Carly Snyder is a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist with a unique approach, combining traditional psychiatry with integrative medicine-based treatments. She is launching MOOD Bars, nutritional snack bars formulated to support female physiology. Each bar is plant-based, vegan, Non-GMO, and includes ingredients that help balance out a woman’s mood (in combination with an active lifestyle and healthy diet).
EVENTS & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
IN MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
All events are VIRTUAL except as noted.
Health Affairs -- a leading health policy research publication -- has devoted much of its October edition to perinatal mental health. MMHLA Executive Director Adrienne Griffen is the lead author on an article in the journal entitled "Perinatal Mental Health Care in the United States: Overview of Policies a& Programs."
Join Health Affairs as they unveil the October edition and host a
Forum on
Perinatal Mental Health
Friday, October 8 (1-2:30 pm ET)

Remarks from Rep. Lauren Underwood and a select group of authors from the October edition
Shades of You, Shades of Me
Multicultural Maternal Mental Health Conference
October 6-8, 2021. Learn more HERE.
El Camino Health
4th Annual Maternal Mental Health Symposium
October 8, 2021. Learn more HERE.
The Wilson Center's Maternal Health Initiative
Webinar / Maternal Mental Health: Providing Care and Support in the Perinatal Period
October 14, 2021. Learn more HERE.
March of Dimes Mom & Baby Action Network
Webinar / What Does Racism and Unequal Treatment Have To Do With Equity In Maternal & Infant Health?
October 14, 2021. Learn more HERE.
National Call to Action: How Focusing on Perinatal Mental Health Will Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Mothers, Babies, Families, and Communities
October 14, 2021. Learn more HERE.
Marce of North America
Annual Conference
October 21-23, 2021. Learn more HERE.
DC-MD-VA Perinatal Mental Health Symposium
Annual Conference
November 8, 2021. More information coming soon.
Florida's Maternal Mental Health Collaborative
Annual Perinatal Mental Health Conference
December 9-11, 2021. Learn more HERE. Hybrid.
Seeking nominations for Perinatal Mental Health Champions.
OPPORTUNITIES AT THE
INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAID INNOVATION
The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) aims to provide independent, unbiased, nonpartisan information and analysis that informs Medicaid policy and improves the health of the nation. Medicaid plays an extremely important role in providing healthcare to pregnant women, new mothers, and their children; in fact, Medicaid covers almost half of all births in the US.
IMI IS HIRING STAFF

IMI is expanding their maternal health and health equity work and
is seeking to fill several positions to work on Medicaid-specific projects, including:

JOIN A COMMITTEE

IMI is seeking committee members for several committees to explore high-value, evidence-based models of care; examine maternal mental health, including changes during COVID-19; and look at disparities
in state maternal mortality and morbidity information.

You never know how much your parents love you until you have a child.
Jennifer Hudson, actress and singer
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.