MD for Moms Radio | Exploring Postpartum Illness | August 3rd 2016

MD for Moms | Peri-Natal Psychiatry

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On Wednesday August 3rd, 2016, at 1pm, I’ll be interviewing Ann Smith, President of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and Wendy Davis, Executive Director of PSI regarding perinatal mental health and ways to get help if you or a loved one is suffering.

Learn more about my guests, Ann Smith and Wendy Davis:

Ann Smith, CNM, is a former PSI Board member, PSI Presidents Advisory Council member, nurse-midwife, PSI Support Coordinator in New York City, PPD survivor, lecturer on perinatal mood disorders to health professionals, a facilitator on PSI Chat with an Expert forum, and led a postpartum depression support group in New York for many years. She has a BA from Briarcliff College, a BSN from Cornell and an MSN from Columbia University. Ann has been a practicing nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner for more than 30 years. She has 3 grown children and lives in New York City. Ann became interested in perinatal mood disorder after suffering severe anxiety and depression after her 2nd and 3rd children before much was known about good treatment. She has been committed to women and families suffering from PMAD ever since.

Wendy Davis, PhD, is the Executive Director for Postpartum Support International (PSI), where she coordinates services, programs, and 300 U.S. and International Support Volunteers. She also has a psychotherapy practice in Portland Oregon, specializing in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum mental health. Wendy started Oregon’s Baby Blues Connection in 1994, and now and serves as their clinical advisor.  She chaired Oregon’s Maternal Mental Health Workgroup convened by legislation 2009, and the committee that wrote the Oregon Maternal Mental Health Patient and Provider Education Act in 2011. She is a founding member of the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, and consults to community, clinical, and public health systems. Since her own recovery from postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first child, she has been dedicated to improving public awareness and provider capacity to support pregnant, post-loss, and postpartum families.


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