Hello Colleagues! Below are links to some of my favorite resources, loosely organized by topic- I hope you find this useful!

Professional Development Opportunities

Postpartum Support International (PSI) offers a comprehensive 2-day training several times yearly around the country. Components of Care is what I would consider the gold standard for an introduction to perinatal mental health. It is also a primary requirement for national certification as a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Provider (PMH-C). The certification page outlines requirements and lists scheduled training opportunities. PSI also has a national conference that changes location each year and offers both their certificate trainings and two-days of special topics lecture.

PSI also partners with 2020 Mom for a Maternal Mental Health Now Webinar series, more information here.

Catharine is offering a five-week interactive webinar series on Integrative Perinatal Mental Health Treatment this summer and fall, visit the Workshops Page for more information and to register.


Postpartum Support International: Find state and national resources, ReproPsych prescriber consultation line, online and state-by-state support group details, training information and information on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, volunteer opportunities, and legislation around PMH and parental leave.

PSI CT Chapter: Our local state chapter of PSI, find information on local support groups, fundraising and events, as well as any state-specific updates.

PATTCh: Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth has information and resources about birth trauma for professionals and individuals.

Center for Women’s Mental Health at Mass General: Reproductive Psychiatry Resource & Information Center

MotherToBaby: Offers evidence-based information on exposures in pregnancy, download fact sheets, call, text or email for information specific to a client scenario, and read the latest studies regarding prenatal and lactation exposures.

LactMed: Drugs and lactation database, updated research from NIH regarding medication exposures in lactation

UppityScienceChick: Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD researcher and IBCLC has done extensive research on women’s moods and has PDF downloads on her website for more information.

Perinatal Mental Health Reading for Clinicians

These books have been helpful in practice and we hope you will find them useful, too !

A breastfeeding-friendly approach to postpartum depression: A resource guide for health care providers by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Depression in new mothers, 2nd edition by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Non-pharmacologic treatments for depression in new mothers: Omega-3s, exercise, bright light therapy, social support, psychotherapy and St. John’s Wort. Clinics in Human Lactation by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Hidden feelings of motherhood: Coping with mothering stress, depression and burnout, 2nd Edition by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Women's Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, The Brain, And Emotional Health by Deborah Sichel and Jeanne W Driscoll

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by Pamela Wiegartz

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Perinatal Depression: A Guide for Treating Depression During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period  by Margaret Spinelli

Coping With Infertility, Miscarriage, and Neonatal Loss: Finding Perspective and Creating Meaning by Amy Wenzel

Unsung Lullabies by Janet Jaffe, David Diamond & Martha Diamond

Reproductive Trauma: Psychotherapy With Infertility and Pregnancy Loss Clients  by Janet Jaffe and Martha Diamond

Traumatic Childbirth by Cheryl Beck

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood by: Karen Kleiman, MSW and Amy Wenzel, PhD [PPOCD, do not recommend to clients actively in distress]

Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek their Help by: Karen Kleiman

This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by: Karen Kleiman and Valerie Raskin

The Art of Holding in Therapy: An Essential Intervention for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety by: Karen Kleiman

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Perinatal Distress by: Amy Wenzel with Karen Kleiman

The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression by: Karen Kleiman

Pushed by Jennifer Block

Creating Your Birth Plan by Dr. Marsden Wagner