In 2006, Suzanne Swanson, PhD, a St. Paul psychologist, became a Minnesota Coordinator for Postpartum Support International (PSI) - www.postpartum.net, an organization dedicated to helping women and families who are suffering from perinatal mental health disorders. Later she began meeting with Minnesota mental health practitioners with expertise and interest in perinatal issues. Out of those meetings came Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN.
Resource List By 2007 Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM) created a resource list, The Minnesota Perinatal Mental Health Resource List. This list remains an important resource to Minnesota women and families, hospitals, clinics, childbirth education classes, doula & midwifery practices, etc.
Other important dates: 2010: The PPSM HelpLine was launched. Peer counselors with an interest in perinatal mental health and the well-being of new families were trained to provide one-on-one phone support. More information about the HelpLine can be found here.
2014-2018: Lisa Cross, who served as Co-Director from 2013-2018, applied for a Proclamation to have May be declared Maternal Mental Health Month in the state of MN, and Governor Dayton signed all 4 years. Click here to see an example of the proclamation: Proclamation2014
2014: First ever Daisy Dash 5K! It has continued every year since. Join us!
Additionally, PPSM professionals provide talks, trainings, and in-services to parent and professional audiences on topics surrounding perinatal mental health.
Today, PPSM is Directed by Crystal Clancy, with Assistant Director Samantha Huguelet. While the transition is recent, Crystal and Samantha are not new to working together! They work tirelessly to stay in touch with what the state needs. They are strong advocates for better healthcare to new families throughout Minnesota. With Crystal based in the Twin Cities, and Samantha in Brainerd, they have a wider reach on the needs of families. Crystal has personally experienced both infertility and postpartum depression, which led to her clinical focus, and being one of the founding members of PPSM. Samantha is a doctorate level nurse practitioner, with specialty in women's health and reproductive psychiatry. She also mentors graduate students to be more prepared to understand the mental health needs of women in the childbearing (and beyond!) years. They feel fortunate to have such an amazing and hard working steering committee under them to help accomplish all of PPSM's goals.