Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in the Perinatal Period

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Tuesday May 21, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Mary Olsen, President, EAPA NYC Chapter, Ellyn Kravette, Vice President, EAPA NYC Chapter

Greetings All,

Our April meeting with Edwin Salsitz, MD presenting was very well received. Dr. Salsitz’s humor and compassion were very much in evidence throughout his presentation entitled Addiction from the Inside Out. He spoke with the authority that comes with 30 years of experience treating patients suffering with addiction; we were honored to have such an expert sharing his perspective with us. If you missed it, take heart! Dr. Salsitz will return on December 10, 2019 to speak on Food Addiction.

We extend our grateful thanks to InterCare for hosting April’s meeting and for providing such a plentiful luncheon buffet! Nick Lessa announced that InterCare is celebrating a 30-year anniversary this year. Congratulations are due! InterCare has been a trusted resource for many of us and I know we are all grateful for the excellent patient care InterCare provides.

Once again: We’ve had very well-attended monthly trainings in 2019 and we’re actively seeking additional and larger meeting spaces; if you know of one, or if your workplace has one to offer, please contact us (and thanks)!


Join us on May 21 when Dr. Catherine Bindorf presents on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Please note that the May 21 program timing is later in the day, happening from 3:00-5:30pm at the Motherhood Center located at 205 Lexington Avenue, (32nd St.)

June 25 is the date for the EAPA NYC Annual Fundraiser and back by popular demand is the boat cruise. Please mark your calendars! Gary Bisogna, Pia Marinangeli and Jo Venturelli are the forces moving boat cruise plans forward and details will soon be shared on that. Stay Tuned! Your support of this event enables us to keep our programming going all year; we depend on you and look forward to seeing you there.

Volunteer efforts on behalf of our chapter are gathering steam! Sherry Natkow has taken responsibility for maintaining our database, Monica Roquitte’s efforts are essential in creating program flyers and Gail Purvis will be lending a hand to ensure that we remain in compliance with the NY State requirements pertaining to our status as an approved provider of Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and LMHCs. Ronnye Halpern and Renee Roberts serve actively, conceptualizing trainings and suggesting speakers for upcoming meetings. Scott Apgar is moving ahead with fortitude on the Chapter Directory. Molita Dancy and Cheryl Anne Clark

continue to support our meeting check-in, secretariat and treasury functions with grace and professionalism; without them our monthly meeting would not flow smoothly and we owe them our sincere thanks and gratitude. All of these talented individuals who devote their

time and talent to EAPA NYC are the key to our recent and growing momentum and success. Please consider joining our leadership team!

We could not keep our programming going without the meaningful support of our Presenters, Volunteers, Venue Hosts and Lunch Sponsors! THANK YOU TO ALL! Please consider volunteering in whatever way you can to support our chapter. We need you too!

‘Til next month,

Mary and Ellyn


Education and Training Committee Presents:

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in the Perinatal Period

80% of new mothers experience “baby blues” which can leave them feeling overwhelmed, hypersensitive and weepy. These blues lift after the first week or two and many moms start to feel better. Yet 1 in 5 new moms develop stronger symptoms that can include postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD and in severe cases – psychosis. These diagnoses are referred to a perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, or PMADs.


The Motherhood Center is a useful resource for our members. They provide multiple tiers of clinical treatment to new and expecting mothers experiencing PMADs including support groups, outpatient therapy and medication management, and a day program for women with acute symptoms including an on-site nursery.

After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to:

• Recognize the common signs and symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

• Discuss techniques to use with new mothers that appear particularly anxious or depressed

• Describe language to express empathy and concern for a new mother that seems to have an extremely difficult time

• Review local resources that you provide new mothers that may be experiencing anxiety and/or depression

Program Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (please note the time: 3:00pm-5:30pm)

time: 3:00 – 3:30PM Registration and Networking & Introductions

3:30 – 5:30PM Presentation of Training

site: The Motherhood Center

205 Lexington Avenue – 10th floor (205 Lexington is near 32nd Street)

New York, New York 10016


2 NY State approved contact hours for Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)

will be provided for completing this training.

2 PDHs and 2 CASAC hours applied for participants who complete this training.

$20 admission fee due at door in cash or check payable to EAPA NYC; this fee is waived for current or

retired EAPA members. No RSVP is necessary; all invitees and other interested professionals are welcome


Refreshments will be provided by The Motherhood Center


Presenter - Dr. Catherine Birndorf



Dr. Catherine Birndorf is the Co-Founder of The Motherhood Center in NYC. She is also the Founding Director of the Payne Whitney Women’s Program at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Birndorf is a board member of Postpartum Support International. For 10 years, Dr. Birndorf was a regular mental health columnist for Self Magazine and has appears on numerous television programs including the Today Show, CNN, CBS Evening News and MSNBC. She is a Board Member of Postpartum Support International, a non-profit organization for awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing worldwide. She has written two books, her first book, The Nine Rooms of Happiness, co-authored with Lucy Danziger, was a bestseller published in 2010. Her second book, What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions During Pregnancy and Motherhood, will be published by Simon & Shuster in April 2019.


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