Highlights from the Postpartum Support International’s 2014 Annual Conference

I was so fortunate to be able to attend this year’s Postpartum Support International (PSI) 27th Annual Conference at the University of North Carolina (UNC) campus at Chapel Hill on June 18 – June 21, 2014!

Postpartum Support International Memorial Quilt

Postpartum Support International Memorial Quilt

This is PSI’s  Memorial Quilt, which has the names of women who lost their lives due to perinatal mental illness. The quilt is a traveling quilt and  requests by PSI members are considered for use at maternal mental health presentations and events.

The theme this year was  “Creating Connections between Communities: Practitioners and Science: Innovative Care for Perinatal Mental Health.”

Researchers, clinicians and identified survivors met and shared their professional and personal stories.

It was the best attended conference for PSI to  date!

 I want to share some highlights and pictures  with you here on my blog!

Wendy Davis, Executive Director of PSI  and Lianne Swanson, PSI Office Manager

Wendy Davis, Executive Director of PSI and Lianne Swanson, PSI Office Manager

Wendy Davis, PhD, Executive Director and Lianne Swanson, PSI Office Manager, are shown here manning the book store!

There were so many wonderful keynote speakers! A good group of experienced professionals, researchers and clinicians presented on clinical, scholarly and advocacy topics. Included were Dr. David Rubinow, MD, of UNC Chapel Hill, Dr, Samantha Meltzer-Brody of UNC Chapel Hill, Dr, Marguerite Morgan, of Arbor Circle Early Childhood Services in Grand Rapids Michigan, Ms. Joy Buckner of California’s 20/20 Moms Project, and Dr. Susan Benjamin Feingold, clinical psychologist, all presented about their work in the different aspects in the field of Maternal Mental Health.  Plus, perinatal mental health advocate Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress served as emcee at the Saturday night banquet!

You can read more about their presentations on the Science and Sensibility blog here!

Here I am with Katherine Stone at the banquet! She is sure tall and she had high heels on! I’m 5′ 1″ and  had flats on so I could run around and chat with everyone!

Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress and Kathy Morelli, LPC

Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress and Kathy Morelli, LPC

And here I am socializing with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, founder of Precarlus Press and Maggie Muir, LMFT and IBLC , nature photographer extraordinaire!

Maggie Muir, LMFT, Kathy Morelli, LPC and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD

Maggie Muir, LMFT, Kathy Morelli, LPC and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD

More socializing and networking with Andrea Bates, LCSW and founder of Good Girl Gone Redneck!

Andrea Bates (GoodGirl Gone Redneck), LCSW and Kathy Morelli, LPC

Andrea Bates (GoodGirl Gone Redneck), LCSW and Kathy Morelli, LPC

 Please enjoy the beautiful nature photography of Maggie Muir, LCSW of California, a lactation consultant, family therapist and a longtime member of PSI. She presented a talk at the conference about the inter-section of maternal mental health and breastfeeding. Enjoy her hummingbird photo presented here.

She says: “Spending time in the garden and photographing nature is what fills me with peace; I love to give these cards and was so happy to be able to donate them to the PSI bookstore. PSI is such an amazing organization and does such profound good around the world!”

 

Maggie Muir, PhD  nature photography, "Hummingbird"

Maggie Muir, PhD nature photography, “Hummingbird”

I want to share another of Maggie Muir’s hummingbird photograph!

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And some of her flowers here!

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Enjoy your day!

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Remember, moms PSI wants you to know,

You are not alone, you are not to blame, with help you will be well.

For assistance, call the PSI Warmline at 800-944-4PPD

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