March 9th - 11th, 2017 

Perinatal Mental Health: Advocating for the Health and Wellbeing of Families

in Atlanta, Georgia


Continuing Education Credits available at no additional cost: CMEs (11), CEUs (13), LCSWs (11)

Statistics show that approximately 1 in 7 mothers is diagnosed with a Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD). But that number doesn’t describe the true extent of PMAD’s impact. When mood disorders manifest, their effect ripples through the whole family unit, affecting everyone — including the infant.

In the past, our community reacted with a mix of denial, stigmatization, and criminalization. As our understanding has improved we’ve offered more effective tools like in-patient hospitalization, medication, and community support. But it’s time to broaden our approach even further.

If we are truly going to help families, we need coordinated, collaborative, interdisciplinary solutions.

The National Perinatal Association’s 2017 conference will bring together clinicians, providers, policy makers, parents, and patient advocates to discuss how we can better collaborate across the spectrum of care. Our goal is simple… let’s join together to EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and INTEGRATE!

We hope to see you there!

Your 2017 Conference Chairs: Andrea Werner Insoft, LICSW, ACSW   Jenene Woods Craig, PhD, MBA, OTR/L  Stephen Lassen, PhD

Registration starts at $350.00*. Continuing Education credits are available at no additional cost.

*See our special registration rates for students and parent advocates.

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Book your hotel room at Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park



CMEs (11), CEUs (13) and CEs (11) available at no additional fee through our Joint Provider PAC/LAC


This activity was planned and implemented in accordance with the Institute for Medical Quality and the California Medical Association’s CME Accreditation Standards (IMQ/CMA) through the Joint Providership of the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC/LAC) and National Perinatal Association. PAC/LAC is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing education for physicians. PAC/LAC takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. PAC/LAC designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.


The Perinatal Advisory Council – Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC/LAC) is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider CEP 5862.  This course is approved for 13 contact hours of continuing education credit.


PAC/LAC is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSW, LMFT, LPCC and LEP. PAC/LAC maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course is approved for 11 continuing education units.  PAC/LAC’s provider number is 128542.  

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before February 9, 2017 are assessed a $50 processing fee.  No refunds will be given for “no shows” or cancellations received on or after February 10, 2017. Phone cancellations must be confirmed in writing to Kristy Love at


Perinatal Mental Health: Advocating for the Health and Wellbeing of Families

Thursday, March 9

Free Community-Wide Seminar hosted by NPA's Family Advocacy Network

You suspect you may need help for a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD)... Now what? Join us on Thursday morning from 8:30 - 11:30 as we talk about how to connect clients to a network of diverse and reliable perinatal mental health supports for families.

Part 1 - Making the Connection: Building a Network for Reliable Support Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA
Part 2 - Caring for Ourselves: Support for the Mental Healthcare Professional  Cheryl Milford, EdS

Download a flyer for this free seminar.

1:00 Conference Welcome and introduction to our theme

1:30 - 2:30 Opening Keynote Perinatal Emotional Complications: What are they and who is at risk? Margaret Howard, PhD

2:30 - 3:00   Parent Advocate Panel Discussion PMADs' Impact on the Family moderated by Erika Goyer Family Advocacy Network (FAN)

4:00 - 5:00 Breakout Sessions Models for Screening and Referral plus a special session on Infertility and Mental Health 

Conference participants can choose from 3 breakout sessions. In two of the sessions we look at models for evidence-based screening and intervention, including: patient-initiated online screening and NICU mental health assessments with psychologists. Alternately, you can attend a session on the intersection of infertility and perinatal mental health with Kate Weldon LeBlanc, Executive Director Resolve New England.

5:00 - 6:30 Cocktail Reception and Poster Presentations

Friday, March 10

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome from Conference Chairs

9:10 - 10:10 Keynote on Interdisciplinary Care Vision and Future of NPA: Coordinated, Interdisciplinary Care Across the Perinatal Continuum

10:10 - 11:10 Keynote on Psychologist in the NICU The Role of a Psychologist in the NICU Chavis Patterson, PhD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

11:30 - 12:30 Breakout Sessions Models for Community-based Care

Conference participants can choose from 3 breakout sessions, each exploring different models of community-based, community-specific services: online support, center-based services, and rural health models for perinatal mental health care.
1:30 -2:30 Keynote on Trauma-Informed Care What We Talk about When We Talk about Mental Health: Trauma, Stigma and Facilitating Change Kara Wahlin, MFT, NICU Healing

2:30 - 3:30  Breakout Sessions Serving Vulnerable, At-risk Populations 

Conference participants can choose from 3 breakout sessions, each targeting special populations as we talk about postpartum psychosis, the unique needs of fathers, and the intersection of women's mental health and substance use.
4:00 - 5:00 Keynote on Mental Health Trajectories Interdisciplinary Neuroprotective Care in the NICU and Perinatal Mental Health Cheryl Milford, Ed.S. and Jenene Woods Craig, Ph.D., MBA, OTR/L. 

Saturday, March 11

9:00 - 9:10  Welcome

9:10 - 10:10 Clinical Keynote Medication During Pregnancy and Lactation  Susan Michos, MSN, PMHNP-BC, ANP

10:10 - 11:10 Breakout Sessions Special Topics in Perinatal Care

Conference participants can choose from 3 breakout sessions, each exploring special topics, including: nutrition, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for PMADs, and a panel on addressing women's mental health along the reproductive lifecourse.

11:30 -12:30 Keynote Future of Perinatal Mental Health: Multidisciplinary Care for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) Lisa Tremayne

12:30 - 1:00 Closing Remarks What We've Learned and What's Coming in 2018

Are you new to our community? We have a special offer for you?

NPA brings together people who are interested in perinatal care to share to listen and learn from each other. 

Our membership is comprised of healthcare providers, parents & caregivers, educators, and service providers - all driven by their desire to support and advocate for at-risk babies and families.

Because we're committed to growing a strong, diverse community of perinatal caregivers and advocates, NPA offers discounted registration to parents, students, and trainees. Please join us!

 Download a flyer.

Who should attend? The National Perinatal Association is an interdisciplinary organization. We welcome:

  • OB/GYNs
  • Neonatologists
  • Midwives
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
  • Public Health Advocates
  • Insurance Providers
  • Community Health Professionals

  • Parents and Families Affected by PMAD
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Childbirth Educators
  • Doulas
  • Social Workers

  • Psychologists

  • Case Managers

  • IBCLCs and Breastfeeding Counselors
  • NICU Clinicians
  • Neonatal Therapists
  • State Perinatal Coalitions and Quality Collaboratives
  • Students, Residents, and Trainees
  • Policy Makers

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Kristy Love at

Our venue will be the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park where conference participants receive a special rate (a limited number of rooms is available in our room block).

Learn more about this important topic

5 Things you should know about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Melissa Whippo, LCSW, University of California, San Francisco

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Center for Women's Mood Disorders, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Pregnancy & Postpartum Mental Health
Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Progress
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