During a recent training class, I mentioned the name of colleague of mine, and soon realized that the therapists in the room were not familiar with her and her work. I was surprised since she had been a pioneer in the PPD community for so many years, but it dawned on me that some of the clinicians who are now interested in specializing in this area, have had little experience with some of us “older” folks.
Therefore, as part of our 25th year celebration of The Postpartum Stress Center, I thought I would offer my own personal tribute to honor the long standing commitment of a few of my esteemed comrades so all PPD therapists are sure to know who they are and what they have accomplished along the way.
I am not going to list everyone’s achievements, because, well, there are far too many. They are gifted authors, teachers, advocates, innovators, scholars, healers, and creative thinkers. This is simply an unsophisticated attempt to make sure that therapists who are passionate about this work, familiarize themselves with the names and faces of those who have blazed the trail in preparation for this extraordinary work. You can read more about each one and her achievements on the individual websites. Suffice it to say that none of us would be doing the work we are doing without their leadership in this field. I urge you to check out their websites and see who they are.
Some thirty years ago this amazing team of women broke new ground in the field of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and literally changed the way people viewed the transition to motherhood. I am honored to be a part of this group and to call them my friends. Most of us worked independent of each other at first, then, without the help of the Internet and social media, found our way to each other and became a force to be reckoned with!
There are many many others that belong to this grand assembly of PPD leaders, and my apologies to those I inadvertently left out. But the ones on this page have meant the most to me in my work and so, well, this is personal. It’s a very special thank you. In no particular order, let me introduce you to my colleagues who have paved the way and continue to inspire us with their wisdom… Thank you one and all. xo
Ilyene Barsky, LCSW
(October 16, 1953 – January 18, 2011)
The Center For Postpartum Adjustment
Diana Lynn Barnes, PhD
The Center for Postpartum Health
Pec Indman EdD, MFT
Women’s Mental Health Counseling, Consultation & Training
Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW
Wendy Davis, PhD
Executive Director, PSI
Founder of Postpartum Support International
Shoshana Bennett, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, lecturer and keynote speaker
Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, CLC
PSI Education & Training Chair, Past President, PSI
The Postpartum Resource Center of New York, inc
Diane Sanford, PhD
Women’s Self-Care, Mind/Body and Postpartum Expert