Professional PMD Training in April @ Mercy Medical

Our professional training on the Comprehensive Understanding of Perinatal Mood Disorders will be offered at Mercy Medical Center on April 18th, 2012. CEUs are available.

A Comprehensive Understanding of Perinatal Mood Disorders: Identification, Assessment and Treatment:
Level I (3 hours)

This is a training for medical and mental health providers -   Physicians, nurses, social workers, midwives, doulas, case workers, home visitors, early intervention specialists and  administrators.  Participants learn about the prevalence and symptoms of, and risk factors for Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD), including Postpartum Depression/Anxiety, PTSD and psychosis. At the core of this curriculum are the impact of maternal depression on infants, children and the family, the role of cultural expectations and the impact of poverty on maternal perinatal depression and strategies for providers to help mothers overcome barriers to care. We provide the latest research on the etiology of PMDs  as well as effective screening tools, protocols for intakes, crisis intervention, and treatment options.

Training participants will: Gain a comprehensive perspective on postpartum emotional complications, such as postpartum depression, anxiety and psychosis.

  • Understand the risk factors and spectrum of symptoms associated with perinatal mood disorders.
  • Learn about impact of poverty on perinatal mood disorders.
  • Learn about research and screening tools for assessing postpartum depression.
  • Learn about the success of comprehensive, community-based care for mothers at risk for, or experiencing, perinatal mood disorders.
  • CEUs are available for MSWs. CEU’s  pending for nurses & LMFTs
  • Offered next: April 18, 2012
  • Flier & Registration Form: PDF

All MotherWoman Training Institute trainings are highly interactive and provide relevant handouts and resources, as well as opportunities to network with allied professionals.

These are approved trainings of the Perinatal Support Coalitions of Western MA.

Our trainings are designed for a wide range of medical and social service providers, including physicians, nurses, midwives, social service employees, mental health providers, and all others working with women and families in the perinatal period. We offer regional trainings, as well as private trainings to meet the needs of individual offices, hospitals, agencies and staff.


Cycon on MassAppeal: What to do after the baby comes


March 14, 2012 - Annette Cycon, Director of Training at MotherWoman, speaks with new mother and MassAppeal host Ashley Kohl about "What to do after the baby comes".

What to do after the baby comes: wwlp.com


From the MassAppeal page:

What to do after the baby comes

Updated: Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012, 3:34 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

AMHERST Mass. (Mass Appeal) - There is both a fantasy and reality to motherhood that many new parents don't understand until a baby arrives.  Motherwoman offers support groups for moms and one of their programs focuses on pregnancy and postpartum support for mothers.  Annette Cycon, founder of MotherWoman and director of training, came on Mass Appeal to talk more about it.

MotherWoman supports and empowers mothers to create positive personal and social change for themselves, their families, their communities and the world through: powerful mothers groups, innovative professional and facilitator trainings, and effective political action.

To find out more about support after childbirth, visit MotherWoman .



MotherWoman co-hosts book signing with Ivy Shih Leung

On April 26th MotherWoman will co-host a book signing at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley featuring Ivy Shih Leung's new book One Mom's Journey to Motherhood.

One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, "Oh My!" (Paperback)
By Ivy Shih Leung


Date: April 26th, 2012, 7:00pm

Location: Odyssey Bookshhop, South Hadley MA

Odyssey Event Page

More on: Ivy's PPD Blog


Friedman presenting at Conference on Child Psychiatry in Primary Care

Liz Friedman, Program Director of MotherWoman, will be presenting at the Baystate Health 7th Annual Confernce on Child Psychiatry in Primary Care: Children's Mental Health is Family Mental Health: Recognizing and Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Families in the Primary Care Setting with Dr. Kristina Deligiannidis and Dr. Nancy Byatt on perinatal emotional complications and the impact on the family in the pediatric setting.

Click for full PDF


Friedman presenting at RiverBend Clinical Conference

Click flier for full PDFSpring Clinical Conference: “A Woman’s Journey”

Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

Saturday, Mar 31st, 2012

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Check In starts at 7:15am / Welcome @ 7:45 a.m.

Continental breakfast, snacks and lunch included


The Impact of Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD) on Mothers and Families

and the Critical Role of Providers

Liz Freidman, MFA


Pre-registration required, deadline is March 15th, 2012