Highlights of the 2018 Postpartum Support International Conference
On July 13-15, 2018, Kameron Klein, the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) Coordinator for the Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition, attended the 31st Annual Postpartum Support International Conference in Houston, TX. Nevada had five (5) additional representatives which included: Ashley Hanna-Morgan, LCSW, Anne Heppenstall, MSW, LCSW, Tori Diego, CHW, Carly Kramer, LMFT and Jillian Hammontree, MS, MFT-i.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together and inform medical and mental health providers, childbirth professionals, support and resource providers, caregivers, policy-makers, researchers, volunteers, families, and educators who want to improve their understanding of PMADs and improve their ability to serve pregnant, postpartum, and post pregnancy-loss families.

July 13, 2018
Conference Day 1
With over 20 breakout sessions, a variety of topics were covered on Day 1 of the conference. Starting off with the Keynote speaker from Day 1, Lucy Puryear, MD discussed the 'Rejuvenation and Resilience Through Connection: Creating a Network of Support and Healing. Lucy recognized the support for perinatal mental health issues has evolved in the United States over the past several decades. From initial beginnings with support groups to mandates for screening and treatment in the legislature, numerous players now make up the village of support for women and their families. All of us are needed to participate in the call to action from mental health professionals, pediatricians, obstetricians, to religious and cultural leaders, and communities.
Lunch Keynote Speaker was Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA, who discussed What's New in Perinatal Depression Research? Kathleen reviewed 2018 literature on postpartum/postnatal depression revealed some emerging trends. For example, postpartum depression organizations often state that it affects 10% of new mothers. Recent studies have found much higher rates, often as high as 30% to 40%, or even higher. Depression research is particularly relevant for breastfeeding advocates in that it is a major cause of breastfeeding cessation. Yet exclusive breastfeeding protects maternal mental health. Depression during pregnancy is also concerning because it increases the risk of preterm birth - the number one case of infant morality worldwide.
July 14, 2018
Conference Day 2
Lunch Keynote Speakers were Dr. Sheehan Fisher and Steven D'Achille, Founder of the Alexis Joy D'Achille Foundation for Postpartum Depression, who spoke on Fathers and Perinatal Mental Health. Fathers are under-utilized for their potential to be assets to mothers and support the objectives of perinatal psychiatric treatment, which ultimately influence maternal mental health. Their presentation focused on the benefits of including fathers in perinatal mental health treatment, approaches of how clinicians can utilize fathers, and presenting a model of this approach.
Breakout Sessions
  • Utilizing Attachment-Focused Techniques to Support Family Connection and Resiliency in the Perinatal Period, presented by Jamie Bodily, MS, LPC, Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula. Jamie outlined the basic concepts of attachment relationships between family members, tools and strategies to foster stronger, more secure relationships to improve mental health outcomes perinatally.
  • The Afterglow Support Group: A Curriculum to Support Mothers and/or Fathers, presented by Ashley Hanna Morgan. Ashley discussed how to confidently facilitate a PMAD support group for mothers and/or fathers, addressing the needs of partners transitioning to parents, using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.
  • From Observer to Ally: Empowering Dads & Birth Partners for Improved Postpartum Outcomes, presented by Kirsten Brunner, LPC and Simon Niblock, LMFT During this presentation, Kirsten and Simon discussed how to involve dads and birth partners in the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period in order to maximize postpartum wellness. Strategy 1: Review Couple' s Relationship Strength Profile, Strategy 2: Equip Dads and Birth Partners to Differentiate Between Baby Blues and PMADs, Strategy 3: The PMAD Action Plan for Fathers and Birth Partners. Key Sections of the PMAD Action Plan: Relationship Care, Physical Health Care, Mental Health Care, Work/Life/Family Balance, and Personal Self-care goals. Download the PMAD Action Plan here.
  • Well Moms, Well Tots: Maternal Depression Screening in Pediatric Primary Care, presented by Melissa Passarelli, MA and Laraib Humayun, BS. The presenters described how a local nonprofit utilized intensive practice coaching to integrate maternal depression screening into the clinic workflow of several Federally Qualified Health Centers.

For all breakout session topics, click here .
Are you a Therapist/Licensed Social Worker and interested in additional PMAD training ?
Postpartum Support International offers a 2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders training. The 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by experience and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.

For additional information, please visit the PSI website .

Is your organization interested in learning more about PMAD
(Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders)?
The PMAD training will offer your staff a better understanding of what PMADs are, who is impacted, learn the risk factors associated with PMADs, how stigma discourages women from getting care, and identify local resources and referral systems.

Please fill out the   request form   and email it to   Kameron.Klein@DignityHealth.org .

PMAD materials available
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PMAD Support Groups
Northern Nevada

Ashley Hanna Morgan, LCSW

PSI Weekly Online Support Groups
Wednesday Chats for Moms http://www.postpartum.net/chat-with-an-expert/  (English and Spanish)
Chat Number: (800) 944-8766
Participant Code: 73162
Southern Nevada

Doulas of Las Vegas
2298 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy Suite 215
Henderson, NV 89052
First and Third Monday's of every month at 7:30PM
R.I.S.E. Support Group
Restore. Inspire. Support. Educate.
Barbara Greenspun Womenscare Center
2651 Paseo Verde Pkwy. Suite 180
Henderson, NV 89074
Every 2nd and 4th Friday from 12PM to 1PM
Find additional Support Groups at www.nvmch.org.
The NV Statewide MCH Coalition sub-grant is supported by the Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) through Grant Number B04MC29352 and BO4MC30626 from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the State of Nevada General Fund.
NVMCH | Phone: (702) 616-4970 | Fax: (702) 616-4921 | www.nvmch.org