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Postpartum Support International hosts free, live phone sessions every week, including Wednesday chats for moms and Monday chats for dads.

Chat with an Expert

Wednesday Chats for Women and First Monday Chats for Men

Chat Number: 1-800-944-8766
Participant Code 33702  

Postpartum Support International hosts free, live phone sessions every week, including Wednesday chats for moms and first Monday chats for dads. During these sessions you can connect with other moms and dads, and talk with a PSI expert about resources, symptoms, options and general information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders from the privacy of your own phone. There is no need to pre-register or give your name. These sessions, facilitated by licensed mental health professionals, are informational only and open to anyone with questions and concerns. Limited to the first 15 callers.

Please note: The bridge line will stop accepting callers when the maximum of 15 callers has been reached. Sessions will last approximately one hour. These Chats are not meant to take the place of needed visits to healthcare providers and do not provide therapy.

Schedule of Call Times

Go to Call-in Instructions

Questions? Please feel free to call the PSI Office at 1-800-944-4PPD(4773) email support@postpartum.net 

Wednesday Chats for Moms and Helpers:

Is it just the baby blues? Am I the only one who feels this way? Will I ever get better?

Join in this weekly session and get answers to your questions from trained healthcare professionals who understand what you’re going through.

Chat Facilitators:

Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, LMFT, past president of Postpartum Support International, is an internationally recognized expert on the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders and has a clinical practice that focuses on women’s mental health around pregnancy and birth. A consultant to the media as well as a trainer and presenter on all facets of perinatal depression, Dr. Barnes is the author of The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters.” She has also written a training manual for clinicians and childbirth educators – Transition to Parenthood- A course for expectant parents.

Ann Dunnewold, PhD is a past president of PSI and a licensed psychologist in Dallas, TX. She is co-author of Life Will Never Be The Same: The Real Mom's Postpartum Survival Guide and three other titles on motherhood issues, and the host of The Sanity Hour on HerInsight Radio Network.

Helen Jones, PhD, RN, APN is a former PSI board member, published author, family therapist specializing in perinatal mood disorders, and Professor of Nursing at Raritan Valley Community College in NJ.

Linda Klempner, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and director of Women’s Health Counseling & Psychotherapy in Teaneck, N.J., and PSI Board Member. 

Birdie Meyer, RN, MA, Past President of PSI Board of Directors, is the coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health, and a PSI Coordinator in Indiana. She is a Childbirth Educator and is certified as a CPR instructor, Lactation Counselor, Spirit of Care giving facilitator, RTS Bereavement Facilitator, Critical Incident response, and Parish Nurse.

Ann Smith, CNM is the PSI Board President, nurse-midwife, PPD survivor, lecturer on perinatal mood disorders to health professionals, and coordinator of a postpartum depression support group.

Lorraine Caputo, LCSW, ACSW has been a member of PSI since 2003 and served as member of the PSI board for 3 years (2009-2012), coordinated the PSI Warmline in 2009-2010. Lorraine is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and Maplewood NJ  and has treated women with postpartum depression for over 25 years of her 27 year career!  She recently presented at the Postpartum Support International Conference on The Treatment of Postpartum Women with a History of Complex Trauma. 

 

 

PSI First Monday Chats for Men:

What can I do to support my partner? Am I the only guy who’s struggling with becoming a dad? Join our Chat with an Expert phone forum the first Monday of every month for reliable information, support, and resources.

This is a place where dads, partners, extended family members or other support people, and professionals can find some answers and support from an expert - and from other men. You’ll find honest and compassionate talk about the adjustment to parenthood, information about how fatherhood can affect you, and some helpful advice.

Schedule of Call-In Times

Chat Facilitators:

Robin Muskal, PhD has a Doctorate in clinical psychologyand Board certified wellness coach. She has trained and worked as a psychotherapist, body worker and energy practitioner for 20 years. Robin has recently completed a 200 hour Iyengar yoga training which she incorporates in her work with clients. In her perinatal coaching practice, she and her clients work together to create a practical plan for healing and wellness. 

 

How to Participate in a Chat with the Experts:

The facilitator will end the call if there are no participants by 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Dialing-in to the Conference:

1. Use your telephone to dial your toll-free TeleConference number 1-800-944-8766.

*The following greeting will welcome you: “Welcome to TelSpan TeleConferencing. Please enter your TeleConference code followed by the “#” sign.” 

2. After this prompt, enter the code 33702#

Entering the Conference

After entering the correct five-digit TeleConference code, your immediate connection to the TeleConference may be signaled with an audible tone heard by all Participants. Upon entering the TeleConference, please state your name for the convenience of your other Participants. If you are the first person in the call, you will experience silence until other Participants join.

The facilitator will end the call if there are no participants by 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Trouble Accessing Your Conference: If for any reason you are having difficulty accessing your TeleConference, please contact the TelSpan Operator Services Department at: 1-800-937-7726.

Helpful Hints

Leaving and Rejoining a TeleConference: If you have to leave the TeleConference for any reason, DO NOT PLACE YOUR PHONE “ON HOLD”. Simply hang-up and call in again when you are ready to return to the Conference.

Muting Your Line: If you would like to mute your line to prevent background noise from entering the call, press *1 (star 1) on your touchtone keypad. This will mute your line, but allow you to listen to the Conference. Pressing *1 (star 1) again will un-mute your line.

At Conference Conclusion: When the Conference has concluded, simply hang-up. The TeleConference call is terminated when all Participants have disconnected.

Help During the Conference: If you need immediate assistance during the TeleConference, press *0 (star zero) to speak privately with an Operator.

 

PSI Chat with the Experts Schedule

DAD'S FORUMS
First Monday of the Month

5pm Pacific, 7pm Central, 8pm Eastern

Monday, September 2, 
Facilitator Robin Muskal, PhD
Monday, October 7, Facilitator Robin Muskal, PhD
Monday, November 4, 
Facilitator Robin Muskal, PhD
Monday, December 2, Facilitator Robi

Wednesday Mom's Forums
EVERY WEDNESDAY


 

AUGUST

Wed, Aug 6, 9am Pacific, 11am Central, Noon Eastern - Facilitator Lorraine Caputo
Wed, Aug 13, 6pm Pacific, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern -  Helen Jones, PhD, RN, APN
Wed, Aug 20, 9am Pacific, 11am Central, Noon Eastern - Helen Jones, PhD, RN, APN
Wed, Aug 27, 6pm Pacific, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern - Suma Karandikar


SEPTEMBER

Wed, Sept 3, 9am Pacific, 11am Central, Noon Eastern - Facilitator Lorraine Caputo
Wed, Sept 10 6pm Pacific, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern - Facilitator Helen Jones
Wed, Sept 17 9am Pacific, 11am Central, Noon Eastern - Facilitator Suma Karandikar
Wed, Sept 24 6pm Pacific, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern - Facilitator TBA


 

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