March 9th - 11th, 2017 

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

in Atlanta, Georgia


Thank you for joining us!

Your 2017 Conference Chairs -

Andrea Werner Insoft, LICSW, ACSW   

Jenene Woods Craig, PhD, MBA, OTR/L  

Stephen Lassen, PhD

If you attended the conference you may download the presentations here for a limited time. For assistance, email



CMEs (11), CEUs (13) and CEs (11) were provided 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 were 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 have been confirmed in writing to Kristy Love at


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

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Thursday, March 9

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

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

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Conference Welcome and introduction to our theme

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

Parent Advocate Panel Discussion PMADs' Impact on the Family moderated by Erika Goyer Family Advocacy Network (FAN)

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.

Cocktail Reception and Poster Presentations

Friday, March 10

Welcome from Conference Chairs

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

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

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.
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

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 use of human milk in the NICU, and the intersection of women's mental health and substance use.
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


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

Breakout Sessions Special Topics in Perinatal Care

Conference participants can choose from 2 breakout sessions, each exploring evidence-based care models, including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for PMADs, and a panel on delivering integrated women's mental health care services along the reproductive lifecourse.

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

Closing Remarks What We've Learned and What's Coming in 2018

Who attended? The National Perinatal Association is an interdisciplinary organization. We welcomed:

  • 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

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


Kristy Love, Executive Director

P.O. Box 392 Lonedell, MO 63060

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