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January 2014

Pregnant? Need Support?

Wednesday, 1/29/2014

A Doula can help.

A doula  can provide emotional support, pain management practices, and non-biased information during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Studies show those who use a doula have, on average, shorter labors, and fewer unnecessary interventions. They tend to be happier with their birth experiences. Everyone should have the access to support, regardless of financial resources. Scholarships are available! Contact or visit her on facebook at


Wednesday, 1/29/2014

The Inland Empire Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative presents:

Our 5th Annual Maternal Mental Health Conference:

Journey of the Family: Treatment of Fathers with Paternal Mental Health Disorders

When? April 9, 2014 from 8:00am-5:00pm

Where? Inland Regional Center located at 1425 Waterman Ave, San Bernardino

Presenters inlcude:

  • Anna Brandon, Ph.D from the University of  North Carolina will speak on the topic of use of interpersonal therapy with couples experiencing mental health issues.
  • Jane Hanley, Ph.D., fom the University of Swansea, Wales, UK will seak on the topic of assessment and treatment of paternal mental health disorders and its impact on children and the family.
  • Daniel Singley, Ph.D., will present on a whole approach to involving men in peripartum mental health
  • Greg Burchett, M.S., Author of Missing the Links will present his personal experiences with maternal mental health

Information on how to register will be available shortly

See you there!




Improving Health Care Response to Preeclampsia: A California Quality Improvement Toolkit

Wednesday, 1/22/2014

Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy represent a leading cause of maternal mortality and are responsible for approximately 17% of maternal deaths according to the California Pregnancy Associated Maternal Mortality Review. Preeclampsia is a severe obstetric condition characterized  by high blood pressure, which left untreated, can lead to stroke, prematurity and death of women  and babies. To improve outcomes of women with hypertensive disorders, the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative created a toolkit for health care providers who care for women during the prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods. The toolkit includes:

* Care guidelines (in checklist, flowchart, or table chart formats)

* A compendium of eighteen "best practice" articles

* A slide set for professional education

* Educational material for pregnant women and their families, provided by the Preeclampsia Foundation

The Primary aim of the toolkit is to guide and support obstetrical providers, clinical staff, hospitals and health care organizations to develop methods within their facilities for timely recognition and an organized, swift response to preeclampsia.

Public information webinars will be held Thursday, January 30 (12:00-1:00pm) and Tuesday, February 25 (12:15-1:15pm). For more information about the toolkit, or to learn about CMQCC's Quality Involvement  Collaboratives, contact Nancy Peterson at (650) 725-6108 OR PETERSON@CMQCC.ORG.

Postpartum Depression and Beyond: The California Maternal Wellness Summit

Wednesday, 1/22/2014

Registration is now open for The California Maternal Wellness Summit on May 6, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento, CA. The most advanced information about maternal wellness, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and postpartum issues related to parenting, child abuse and neglect prevention, treatment options, fathers, silings, and other family members. The Summit includes sessions for parents and family serviced provider, mental health professionals, and health care professionals. Continuing education units will be available for clinicians, social workers, nurses, and physicians. For registration, full workshop descriptions, and speaker biographies, please visit  

Fear of childbirth linked to postparftum depression, study finds

Wednesday, 1/15/2014

An article published in the Los Angeles Times wrote that among expectant mothers remains the greatest single risk factor for postpartum depression, a new study finds that fear of childbirth may also predispose some women to the condition. Researchers concluded that fear of childbirth increases the risk of postpartum depression about threefold in women without a history, and fivefold in women with known depressive symptoms. "Two-thirds of all cases occurred in women with a history of depresssive symptoms before or during pregnancy" wrote lead study author Sari Raisanen, an epidemiologist and visitng scholar at Emory Univeristy.


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