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Yes, Hawaii, now you can “attend” a Postpartum Support International 2-day training–Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care.  This is a full 8 hours each day and the best training on the topic available.*

You can do this for the remarkable cost of only $75/person.  There is one little hitch, and the reason for the quotation marks.  The training is in Oklahoma… but  available by webcast.

Postpartum Support International’s (PSI) 2-day training

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care

Live in Oklahoma and via live interactive webcast, viewable from home or office computer, for only $75.  PSI offers this same training as a two-day pre-conference session with its annual conference.  This is that same training without the expenses of air travel, meals, car rental or accommodations.

http://oica.org/projects_and_issues/health/hm_hb/hmhb_invitation_2009.html

Wednesday May 20th, Thursday May 21st

The course is evidence-based and includes information concerning screening, assessment, and treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders.

Featured Speakers include: Dr. Pec Indman and Meeka Centimano, LCSW.

The  conference runs from 8:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m.  CDT both days–that means…3:15 a.m11:15 a.m. HST.

*I am a PSI volunteer.

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The focus of this blog rally is to increase signatures to a growing list of supporters at Perinatal Pro and encourage phone calls to the Senate H.E.L.P. Committee in support of the MBSMA.

We are asking you to email Susan Dowd Stone at Perinatal Pro (susanstonelcsw@aol.com) as well as call every member of the Senate H.E.L.P. Committee to voice your support for the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHER’S Act. (When you email Susan, be sure to include your name, state, and any affiliations!)

The time is NOW. American mothers deserve to be heard. They deserve to not fear coming forward. Won’t you speak up for them?

For more information, check out Katherine Stone’s post on Postpartum Progress, HERE.  She includes the Capitol operator’s phone number, at 202-224-3121.  After you read her blog, call.

PLEASE add your name as a supporter!

The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act, sponsored by Senators Menendez and Representative Rush will:
* help provide support services to women with postpartum depression to postpartum psychosis
*help educate mothers and their families about these conditions
*support research into the causes, diagnoses and treatments for the whole range of prenatal and postpartum mental health conditions.

eta:7/17/09–this does not ask to mandate anything.  Not even screening.

It PASSED THE HOUSE and now goes to the US Senate.

Read more about S. 324/H.R. 20 HERE

Add your name to the growing list, with mine:
Email Susan Stone, LCSW susanstonelcsw at aol.com with name, state, any credentials, and permission to be listed (Susan is the past president of Postpartum Support International).

The list of supporters from all 50 states will be delivered to Congress on Mother’s Day.

Please help reach the goal of 1000 signatures per state in support of the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act.

4/15/09 30 names from Hawaii now…

5/1/09 33 supporters from Hawaii now…