TPDC is a clearinghouse of information for resources about local Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. We help link families with the support they need.
For emergency mental health services contact:
Crisis Response Network at (520) 622-6000, any hospital emergency room, or 911
Support Groups (local, free for pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety):
- Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 PM at St. Joseph’s Hospital-Women’s Care Pavilion, Agave Room (520) 873-6858. Facilitated by Terry Scallon RN. Babies welcome.
- Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 AM at Northwest Medical Center at 6060 N. Fountain Plaza Dr, Ste 130 (520) 877-4149. Babies welcome.
- Thursdays 5:30-7:00 PM at Tucson Medical Center’s Fireplace Room at 5301 E. Grant Rd (520) 324-7576. Facilitated by Pearl Aviles, MA and Tara Stanislav RN. Babies welcome.
- Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 PM “Marana Mama Baby” at Community Christian Church of Marana. 13610 N. Sandario Rd., Marana, AZ. Facilitated by Rhonda Anderson, CLD, CBEd of Desert Bloom Doula Services. FREE. For information contact Rhonda: 931-561-6373.
DVDs That Raise Awareness on Loan from TPDC:
- Dark Side of the Full Moon is a documentary tells the story of complications related to pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, including information on postpartum psychosis. The full length film (75 minutes) is both brilliant and chilling. Click here for the trailer
From Maureen Fura, the producer of Dark Side of the Full Moon: “We are thrilled to announce that while we are waiting to get onto iTunes and Google for viewing, the film is available for individual viewing on reel house. We have heard from many organizers of screenings that they would love to be able to pass the movie along to care providers to view. We hope this is a powerful next step in reaching a critical mass to affect change for mothers and babies. Thank you so much for your support on this journey and most importantly, thank you so much for the amazing work you are all doing tirelessly to save moms. You inspire us and awe us.” Movie Link: http://www.
- 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.
Arizona resources for families and practitioners:
- For a current list of providers in Tucson who express interest in caring for perinatal women or have advanced their education in the area of perinatal mood disorders, Click Here
- For a current list of providers in Arizona who express interest in caring for perinatal women or have advanced their education in the area of perinatal mood disorders, Click Here
- TPDC’s Community Handout will help you or your provider determine what steps to take, Click Here.
- To speak to an AZ Warmline volunteer call 888-434-MOMS. Volunteers who have ‘been there’ are ready to provide support and resource information 7 days a week. Leave a clear message with your area code. Calls are returned by the next day.
- To help determine if a mom needs emergency care, or if she is just displaying common adjustment symptoms, Click here.
- If you know of a situation in which infants, children, or other family members are injured and it is alleged that the pregnant or postpartum woman is responsible, you can help her get psychiatric assessment rather than incarceration. Please review this PSI document for helpful guidance, Click here.
- TPDC provides at no cost, a brochure about Perinatal Mood Disorders that includes helpful information about self-identification and local resources. This brochure is available to download here: English/Spanish.
- The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale can help you determine if you may need help with postpartum depression/anxiety. Complete this anonymous easy 10-item assessment online. Also available in Spanish La escala de autoevaluación Edimburgo.
The Arizona Warmline: 1-888-434-MOMS
Phone volunteers are ready to assist you by simply listening or by helping you find a resource in your area. This service is available for English and Spanish speakers. Please leave a message and the volunteer will return your call between 9AM and 8PM. In addition to support and encouragement, Warm Line volunteers can furnish you with a list of practitioners in Tucson who have a special interest in treating perinatal mood disorders and who have received extra training.
We offer open quarterly meetings free to the professional and lay community. Through membership meetings, local providers and survivors share information and strategies to improve the climate for identification of perinatal mood disorders and services for families touched by these illnesses. If you aren’t already on our email distribution list so that you are notified about our meetings, please contact us.
You can find professional training opportunities by going to the PSI website, www.postpartum.net. The 2 day training for professionals is offered throughout the year at various locations in the U.S. Additionally, advanced trainings for professionals are offered through the Postpartum Stress Center in Pennsylvania.
Operation Educate Tucson offers short presentations that convey basic information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. If you’d like to offer some education to your staff or mom’s group, or if you would like to schedule a showing of the films Dark Side of the Full Moon, or When the Bough Breaks, please contact us. Presentations to the community can be made in English and Spanish.
Free online PMAD education available for home visitors and interested professionals. Go to StrongFamiliesAZ.com. At the top right, click Home Visitor portal. Register and create a Login. Then, choose Professional Development tab and choose PMAD course. This takes about 2 hours,but you can go at your own pace. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate. Thank you to the AZ Dept of Health Services Maternal Child Division and PSI AZ Chapter.
We represent women and families at the AZ Legislature through advocacy for PERINATAL MOOD DISORDERS legislation. Between 2007 and 2009, the TPDC in conjunction with other state agencies and similar coalitions worked with AZ State Senator Linda Lopez to construct the Perinatal Mood Disorders Study Committee. Presented in a House Resolution (2008) and a Senate Bill (2009) to the Health Committees, the legislation received unanimous support. However in both 2008 and 2009, the proposed legislation did not receive a hearing in both bodies that would have been necessary to gain the Governor’s signature.
There are many women around the country serving time for complications of untreated perinatal mood disorders. A pen-pal network has been established through Postpartum Support International (PSI) so that prisoners can have contact with others who have similar backgrounds and with advocates for PMAD awareness and treamtent.
In general, women in the prison system who have harmed or killed their infant are suffering with postpartum psychosis. Postpartum Psychosis is a rare illness. It occurs in approximately 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 deliveries, or approximately 0.1% of births. The onset is usually sudden, most often within the first 4 weeks postpartum. However, many cases have been reported to occur beyond 4 months postpartum in women struggling with untreated postpartum depression, anxiety (including obsessive-compulsive thoughts and PTSD), and other conditions that complicate recovery. This can include lack of social support and underlying mental health factors such as bipolar disorder.
Postpartum psychosis is temporary and treatable with professional help, but it is an emergency. Many who face postpartum psychosis never have delusions containing violent commands. Read below about two women who faced the most painful effects of postpartum psychosis. (These stories describe intrusive thoughts and harm to self or others)
These stories describe intrusive thoughts:
We mourn the death of Naomi who lost her battle against depression in August, 2015. Read the followup HERE.
“Do not let the shame of these thoughts stop you from reaching out for help. Shame will tell you not to talk to anyone. Shame will lie to you and tell you that you are a bad mother. But it is not true! You are not a bad mother. You are ill. You need help. There is hope and healing if you would only reach out.” ~ Naomi Knoles
For emergency mental health services contact:
PSI Arizona (psiarizona.org) or call The AZ Warmline at (888) 434-MOMS (6667) .
Calls are taken in English and Spanish
HOME VISITORS can help first-time moms! Nurse-Family Partnership is a free and voluntary support program. If you (or someone you know) are pregnant for the fist time, and less than 28 weeks, you may be eligible. Click HERE for the Referral Form to Nurse Family Partnership.
HEALTHY FAMILIES: This program provides community-based home visitation support services to expectant parents and families with newborns to help clients reduce stress, enhance family functioning, promote child development and positive parent-child interaction, and minimize the incidence of abuse and neglect. For a complete brochure you can download, please click HERE. Additional in-home services include therapeutic intervention for parents touched by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders offered to both English and Spanish speakers. Home visitors can be a friend and support to families during the first 5 years providing front-line education and support at no cost. Click Here for the referral form to Healthy Families. To refer a mom/family, contact Lupe Ricardez, (520) 321-3754.