News

July 21, 2017 – TPDC Quarterly Meeting. Topic:  Dads – Coping With or Supporting a Partner With a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder. Allan Stockellburg from Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, shared information on the TOPS Dad Program for teen dads and dads-to-be. He addressed the role of a father in mother and baby’s life. There was also a panel of Fathers/Male support, who spoke about their experiences and how they provided support to the women they love afflicted with Perinatal Mood Disorders.

June 24, 2017 – Climb Out of the Darkness® is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and OCD, postpartum post-traumatic stress, postpartum psychosis, perinatal bipolar mood disorders, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. The Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition participated at Reid Park on June 24th

May 2017 – Raising awareness of postpartum depression on Mother’s Day. Tara Stanislav was interviewed on Fox 11 this past May to share the work and resources of our coalition.  You are not alone – at least 1 in 7 women in America are affected….maybe more. Unfortunately, the link to her interview is no longer available online.

May 2017 – La coalición de Depresión Postparto De Tucson Les Presenta un entrenamiento sobre los efectos de la depression postparto el 26 De Mayo en la Biblioteca de la Valencia (202 W. Valencia) a las 1:00 de la  tarde. Para mas informacion: Info@mothersoasis.org

The Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition presenting a training on the effects of postpartum depression on May 26th at 1:00 pm. It will be held at the Valencia library, 202 W. Valencia. For more information, please email info@mothersoasis.org

March 2017 –  When the Bough Breaks” is a compelling documentary about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders narrated by Brooke Shields. The full length (90 minutes) movie is now available for purchase on iTunes.  Many of you will recall hearing Naomi Knoles tell her story at a TPDC quarterly meeting and she is one of those interviewed for the film.  Sadly, she lost her life to complications of maternal mental illness in 2015.  Click HERE to see the absorbing trailer.

February 25, 2017 – Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:Advanced Clinical Skills Workshop

No automatic alt text available.Women are more likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and postpartum than at any another time in their lives. This workshop focused on improving the clinical assessment and diagnosis of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) by mental health providers. The event was  held at Dignity Healthcare St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Dr. Christina Hibbert was the facilitator.

November 30, 2016 – Congress passes Groundbreaking Postpartum Depression Legislation!!

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PSI Newsletter

Postpartum International LogoThe Postpartum Support International Newsletter is full of great information about upcoming trainings, volunteer opportunities, and more.

  • Read the October 2016 PSI Newsletter here.
  • Read the February 2016 PSI Newsletter here.

Past News, Media and Events

PSI Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Components of Care
May 10-11, 2017, Dignity Healthcare St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Trainers: Dr. Christina Hibbert, PsyD; Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC; Carole Sheehan MA, RN; Kathy W. Smith MD

Designed to provide basic education about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders for every practitioner working with childbearing women. This 2-day training is appropriate for nurses, physicians, therapists, psychologists, childbirth educators, home visitors, behavioral health technicians, lactation educators, providers of alternative healing methods, administrators.  Click HERE for more information and registration link.


updated-creating-wellness-flyer-2016-2Fall 2016 – Creating Wellness – Last fall, Banner UMC offered an interactive workshop for women to explore strategies to achieve wellness, before and after the birth of their baby. Topics included nourishing the body and mind, exploring self-care, balancing life with a baby, and symptoms to watch out for.  Click the flyer for details.

October 2016 – TPDC board members celebrated with Altrusans at the 75th anniversary celebration for the Altrusa of Tucson nonprofit.  Pictured below TPDC board members Pearl Aviles-Taub, Carole Sheehan and Pat Young.  Ally Baehr is also featured. Ally received a Volunteer Recognition award from the TPDC for her many years of service, both as a board member and committee member.  Pat Young has served as a volunteer for Altrusa for over 35 years!  TPDC appreciates the support of Altrusa during several grant cycles in which funds to promote educational materials on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders were allocated to the TPDC.

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October 2016 – TMC hosted the October TPDC quarterly meeting.  Featured in this photo is Sibylle Rundel, a long time TPDC volunteer receiving a Volunteer Recognition Award.  Sibylle was instrumental in providing support services to Mother’s Oasis members, education about PMADs to the Tucson community, and currently oversees the TPDC Facebook page.  Pictured below are Sibylle, Pearl Aviles-Taub (President of the TPDC), Asa Lader (Heartsounds Mother and Infant Care), Carole Sheehan and Terry Scallon (TPDC board members).

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September 25, 2016 – TPDC participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk at Reid Park in Tucson.  The walk was in remembrance of those who have lost someone to suicide. TPDC walked to honor the mothers whose struggles with PMADS was impacted by suicide.
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June 4, 2016 – Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition (TPDC) was deeply saddened to hear that Phoenix mother, Octavia Rogers, 29, was hospitalized. Rogers  is in critical condition following an attempt to take her own life in the wake of the death of her three sons.  She is accused of stabbing them in her home on June 2.  The boys were 8 years, 5 years, and 2 months old… [read more]

May 2016 – Please read about H.B. 3235, Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act for 2015-2016. Urge your legislators to support this new legislation that will provide grants through the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) to develop screening and treatment programs for perinatal depression and anxiety. Your support helps the coalition meet its and the communities goals.

News #LoveAnotherMother

In conjunction with this bill, NCMMH is thrilled to launch the first ever National Day of Action on Thursday, February 11th!  The leaders of our country need to know that mothers around the nation support this federal bill, “Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015” (HR 3235 and S 2311).

You, your family and friends, and your organization can all make the difference! Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) to tap into your amazing “boots on the ground” followers and grassroots advocates. Encourage them to participate in this National Day of Action! Please follow this link! http://www.mmhcoalition.com/_loveanothermother

September 3, 2015 – Naomi Knoles of Phoenix, AZ ended her suffering on Monday, August 24 following a battle against intractable depression and grief. The loss of this gentle, shining soul has been another crushing defeat for women’s mental health supporters and experts. Naomi started her campaign to lessen the suffering of mothers in late 2013 after her release…[read more]

September 2014 – An excellent discussion about how treating depression and anxiety is important in order to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy parenting experience, as well as the risks and benefits of medical treatment (in particular SSRIs) came about after a recent New York Times opinion blog article. Sometimes medication is an essential part of treatment. Uninformed bloggers, opinion columnists, family members, or even care providers shame women by telling them never to treat depression with medication while breastfeeding or pregnant.  The linked discussion directly addresses the false statements made on the blog. You can read the discussion HERE.  If you are a care provider or a patient with questions about the safety of a medication during pregnancy or lactation you can call the Arizona Risk Line at 1-888-285-3410.

“Undoubtedly all women, if given the choice, would prefer to avoid taking any medications during pregnancy. Many women, unfortunately, suffer from depression during pregnancy and deferring treatment with antidepressants may not be the best option for them…No clinical decision, particularly one of this complexity, is risk free or perfect. However, we do have considerable data to indicate that many antidepressants, especially the SSRIs, may be thoughtfully used during pregnancy.”
~Response to the New York Times Article on SSRIs and Pregnancy: Moving Toward a More Balanced View of Risk

January 2014 – Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition (TPDC) is excited to announce the expansion of its health promotion project in the Tucson community through a generous grant from the March of Dimes.  Operation Educate Tucson will focus on improving the health of mothers and babies by raising awareness about anxiety and depression before and during pregnancy.  This education project will help doctors and other practitioners incorporate screening and referrals for mental health issues as a part of prenatal and pre-conception care.  It also aims to educate women so they are informed of reproductive risk factors that might produce a negative outcome, and can become advocates for themselves during pregnancy. [Read More]

KGUN 9 - news coverage still frame of Kristen RussellTUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) –  It is an issue that many women suffer from in our own community and has recently become a frequent topic of conversation. Local experts are featured in this clip. According to the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition, about 4,000 women in Pima County suffer with anxiety and depression around childbirth. [Read More]

October 2013 – The Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition (TPDC) is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Miriam Carey in our nation’s Capitol this week.  Since 2005, the TPDC has focused grassroots efforts to educate professionals and families about perinatal mood disorders, which includes postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. However,  recent events around the nation have demonstrated in alarming numbers that maternal mental illness can turn deadly despite the best efforts of families and healthcare to avert such outcomes. (Read More)

October 2013 – Postpartum Support International launches the 2020 Mom Project. Founded in 2011 as the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, the 2020 Mom Project has evolved as a national organization with a mission: Closing gaps in maternal mental care through education, advocacy and collaboration.  We understand the health care system and deliver the MMH message and solutions to stakeholders and thought leaders to drive policy change. We engage advocates to drive change in their communities and states. For more information about maternal mental health disorders, click HERE.

Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition BBQ FundraiserMay 2013 – Thanks to the support of the Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club, and the generosity of the attendees and the tennis players we raised almost $2,600! Thank you to everyone who donated or participated in the fun event.

May 2013 – Postpartum Support International is an organization “dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression.”  PSI also works “to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover.” Mother’s Oasis Center for Emotional Wellness was featured in this edition of the PSI News.

May 2013 – This is National Maternal Mental Health month and May 12 (Mother’s Day) begins Perinatal Depression Awareness Week in Tucson! What a perfect time to move our beloved Mother’s Oasis program to Serafina Women’s Center – CODAC’s new comprehensive wellness and recovery center offering specialty care for women with depression, anxiety, trauma and addiction.  Starting May 6, Mother’s Oasis services will be provided at Serafina Women’s Center at 502 N. Silverbell. You may still reach trained Mother’s Oasis volunteers and staff at 520-202-1987.

Snapshot of Women appearing on TelevisionOctober 23, 2012 – Aime Allen and TJ Marsh from Mother’s Oasis were guests on Tucson’s  The Morning Blend.

Carole Sheehan RN, MSN poses with awardJune 29, 2012 –  The president of Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition, and founder of Mother’s Oasis, Carole Sheehan RN, MSN, was awarded the Ilyene Barsky Memorial Coordinator’s Award presented by Postpartum Support International.  This award is in bestowed memory of Ilyene Barsky, a founding member of Postpartum Support International and one of PSI’s first coordinators.  It is awarded as a tribute to her indomitable spirit and passionate commitment to the field of women’s mental health around child-bearing, to continue her vision and the vision of PSI to change forever the world view of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Three smiling women receiving a checkMay 2012 – Thank you Altrusa International for your support of Project Education Tucson! TPDC Board Members Pat Young, TJ Marsh and Carole Sheehan attended the award dinner on May 23 and graciously received your $500 gift. We thank Altrusa International District Nine & Jenny’s Light for your help in raising awareness about perinatal mood disorders through education for health care professionals and families in Tucson.

May 13, 2012 – Read Carole’s Mother’s Day Letter in the Arizona Daily Star: Mother’s Oasis a Big Help to Tucson Moms with Postpartum Depression. Thank you to everyone who donated in response to this article! Your donations mean so much.

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May 2007 – In conjunction with PPD Awareness week,  Carondelet St Joseph’s Hospital hosted the AZ premiere of ‘In the Shadow of My Son’, a new play about postpartum depression by NJ playwright Nadine Bernard.  Tucson Mayor, Bob Walkup attended the play, and read the Proclamation of Postpartum Depression Awareness Week, which also corresponds with Mother’s Day.  Pictured in the photo are Carole Sheehan, President and Founder of the TPDC, Sara Falconer, director of the play, Nadine Bernard, playwright, and Cathy Rodriguez, Mrs. Marana.  Both Nadine and Cathy are PPD survivors, and Cathy decided to raise awareness about PPD by entering the Mrs. Arizona beauty pageant with PPD as her platform).