Quarterly news & updates
July 2019 | Issue I
Educating Our Community
Perinatal Mental Health
Pregnancy and the birth of a child should be an exciting and celebratory time. However, for approximately 20-25% of parents, the onset of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) can have profound adverse effects on their mental, physical, and emotional health.
Our Approach We understand that addressing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) requires broad interdisciplinary approaches and solutions. NPA has a history of leading the way.


  • Presented the Interdisciplinary Recommendations to Vermont Oxford Network, NANN, AWHONN, NANT, and the International Marcé Society.



NICU Staff Education
July saw the publication of Improving Staff Knowledge and Attitudes towards Providing Psychosocial Support to NICU Parents through an Online Education Course   in Advances in Neonatal Care. Their survey shows that the course significantly improves NICU staff members' confidence in their abilities to support families. Download the article . Learn more about the course .

Preparing for NICU Discharge
In June NPA Board Member Vincent C.Smith and his colleagues published the results of their quality improvement initiative developed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. You can read Preparing for Discharge From the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Journal of Pediatrics.

NICU Discharge Planning
NPA's NICU Discharge Preparation and Transition Planning work group met in St. Louis on June 28th. Vincent Smith led our interdisciplinary group of content experts as we set forward national standards for education, preparation, and planning for families' transition from the NICU to home.

Postpartum Support International
The National Perinatal Association has always had a wonderful, collaborative relationship with our colleagues at Postpartum Support International . This quarter we formalized our partnership. We look forward to developing exciting new projects an initiatives together.

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Message from the President
It always amazes me how fast time can seem to pass.  Just three short months ago we convened in Providence to address the deep rooted inequities so many women and their families face when it comes to accessing healthcare in this country. 

We not only heard from some of the most passionate and dynamic voices on subjects ranging from social justice to the social determinants of health, but our poster presentations, exhibitor tables, and breakout sessions promoted the kind of networking and personal interactions that attendees have come to expect from NPA's Annual Conference. 

Judging by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received thus, we were able to take our conference to the next level. And I can say with confidence, on behalf of the Board, a huge part of that success came from the Sponsorship you all provided

As you can see from this update, we are not an organization that simply rests on its laurels.  Forging ahead with newfound understanding and insights , our Disparities Workgroup is now in the process of operationalizing their position paper presented at the conference and creating legislative initiatives, educational materials, and strategic partnerships to address the roots of healthcare inequities

Looking ahead to our 2020 conference focusing on maternal and newborn care in the 4th trimester , two of our most important working groups, NICU Discharge Preparation and Transition and our Psychologist Working Group, are working to produce guidelines and educational resources that will revolutionize the postpartum experience for mothers, families and their providers .  

As our next conference comes into focus, we look forward to discussing how your sponsorship not only enhances the experience of our annual meeting , but could also improve the impact and reach of NPA's individual working groups. 

With warmest regards,

Jerry Ballas, MD, MPH
NPA President
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Position Statement on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
"Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are associated with increased risks of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity and are recognized as a significant patient safety issue. While postpartum depression is the most commonly discussed PMAD, there is a much broader class of psychiatric conditions commonly encountered by women of reproductive age."
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For example, we think that Prolacta's new initiative, the Women’s Leadership Development Academy (WLDA) , dedicated to supporting the professional advancement of Prolacta’s female employees is fantastic. And the National Coalition for Infant Health's information sheet on postpartum depression is worth sharing.

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