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It’s two days later and I think I’m almost caught up on sleep again.  I think we moms have settled out again, feet firmly on the ground.

Going to any kind of training and hearing about “PPD” from experts–hearing about it from people other than your peer “PPD moms” or your therapist, I’ll say this for all of us, does have an impact.  Even 15 years out, there’s always some little nugget that gets underneath and has you questioning your parenting skills or brings you back to the “did I do right for my baby?” thinking.

We had our usual Tuesday support group the next morning and processed the events from Monday.  This was after a phone call or two to check in about possibly raw emotions.  If there are moms outside the support group that had some emotional upheaval from the training, please follow the links and call PPD Support Hawaii or talk it out with a trustworthy friend.

Our wonderful volunteer Elaine is compiling the reviews, so I’ll get back to you on that.

Verbally though, people had many, many positive things to say.  The energy felt that way as well.  Thank you for being open to learning more and for your positive energy throughout the event.


Perinatal Mood Disorders

(aka Postpartum Depression)

 —Awareness & Treatment


By Professionals, and Parents w/ Personal Experience


Monday, July 27, 2009



Tricia Wright, MD

Board Certified Obstetrician, Honolulu

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health, John A Burns School of Medicine;

Founder and Medical Director of the successful Perinatal Addiction Treatment of Hawaii

Rosemary Adam-Terem, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Independent Practice, Honolulu

President, Hawaii Psychological Association

Adjunct clinical faculty member, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Psychology

Leina Kanana, LBSW

Supervisor of the Perinatal Support Services at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Diane Ashton, MSW

Founder of PPD Support Hawaii

Mothers’ Panel & case studies

Postpartum depression, or PPD, is a type of depression that affects women after they give birth. About 13% of women experience PPD in pregnancy, in the first year after childbirth, and it can develop any time up to a year after the baby is born. Postpartum depression has deleterious effects on a woman’s relationships, her functional status, and her ability to care for her infant. The reduction of PPD is a US priority healthcare need and a major public health concern. (
Although the term “PPD” is used frequently as a term relating to the mood changes a mother may have after having a baby, a more accurate term may be Perinatal Mood Disorders. This term allows for the great variability of symptoms which often include more than depression alone and acknowledges that mood disorders (i.e., depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD) can occur during pregnancy as well as after having a baby. The #1 complication of childbirth is depression ~ one in every eight pregnant and new mothers has a perinatal mood disorder. Unfortunately, many go needlessly undiagnosed and untreated. 
Learn more about this very treatable condition and help spare families unnecessary pain.
Presented by PPD Support Hawaii
Register soon!—
Less than 25 seats left     FULL


Where:      the PATCH classroom at Dole Cannery
                             650 Iwilei Road, Suite 205
                             Honolulu, Hawaii96817  
When:         Monday, July 27, 8:45am1:30pm
Who Should Attend: parents & family members, mental health therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, home visitors, perinatal providers, pediatricians & OBGYNs.
Please see the About link for email,  and provide the following information: 
Name:  _____________________________________

Phone: ______________ Email:  _____________________
$10 donation requested, will be collected at the door.  Snacks & drinks will be provided.
See you at the training on July 27th!