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About Postpartum Health Alliance

Our Mission

Postpartum Health Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), providing support + treatment referrals to women and their families, and connecting + educating San Diego's clinical and perinatal wellness professionals.

What We Do

Host a "Warmline"

Only 15% of those suffering with a PMAD receive help. Common obstacles are: Fear of reaching out, figuring out what you need, and finding the "right" provider. To address this, trained PHA volunteers provide safe support and specialized referrals through our "warmline." The warmline takes messages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every message is returned within 48 hours.

Support Professionals

San Diego families deserve providers that are specialized, supported, and well connected. Providers deserve this as well! PHA serves as a membership organization bringing together diverse and dedicated clinical + allied perinatal professionals. Our membership allows our providers to continuously expand their education, make connections with local, like-minded professionals, and regularly exchange peer support, resources, and referrals through our clinical listserv.

Increase Awareness

Although Maternal Mental Health has recently received more attention, many women (and men) continue to blame themselves or have their experience dismissed by well-meaning loved ones and professionals. PHA will not rest until every person a new parent comes in contact with understands PMADs. We do this by regularly providing our PMADs 101 training to community groups, health providers, and businesses, in addition to supplying health clinics with our educational brochures.

Educate Providers

Even though PMADs are the number one complication of birth, MANY health professional remain uninformed. This educational gap results in PMADs being regularly minimized, misdiagnosed, or overlooked by the people we count on for help. PHA is dedicated to ensuring San Diego providers are well educated on topics related to perinatal mental health and wellness. We offer 3-4 educational workshops a year that are free for our members and available to all.

Provide Resources

With so much information at our fingertips, finding non-judgmental trusted and helpful resources have never been harder. We tackle this modern-day problem by maintaining this website packed full of educational insights on PMADs, a blog library written by our professional members, and a directory full of specialized perinatal clinical providers, allied professionals, and support groups.

 

Our History

The San Diego Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA) was founded in 1998 by Dr. Leslie W. Craig, Dr. Kelly Boyd-Bragadeste, Dr. Martha Diamond, Dr. Janet Jaffee, Dr. Adele Josepho, and Dr. Robert Hickman. With the help of one part-time contract employee, PHA's operations are brought to life by our passionate volunteer board, professional members, and dedicated volunteers. PHA is dependent on the generous support, donations, and grants it receives from San Diego individuals and businesses.

Special Thanks

Over the years Jane Honikman, founder of Postpartum Support International (postpartum.net), has been of tremendous assistance to PHA. Dr. Leslie W. Craig, M.D., Dr. Barbara Parry, M.D., of UCSD, Mary Obata, MFT, and Dr. Chris Bernet, Ph.D., have each given much to this organization over the years, and we wouldn't be where we are today without their continued support.

We are indebted to First Five Commission, which provided initial funding for our brochure. We are grateful also to Laura Galinson, of Price-Galinson Charities, who has served as our guide through the world of philanthropy.