Highlights from the Postpartum Support International’s 2014 Annual Conference

Originally posted July 25, 2014.

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!



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, 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!



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



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



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!”


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



And some of her flowers here!



Enjoy your day!


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