Dear friends and supporters,

It’s been nineteen years since the Postpartum Resource Center of New York first started helping New York State moms, dads, and families at risk for or experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, get to the help they need.

Thanks to your involvement and support, we have been able to help hundreds of thousands of New York families over the course of this nearly twenty-year period. With each new year we have rededicated ourselves not only to our Mission but also to how we approach achieving our Mission. In other words, we always seeks ways that will enable us to better serve New York State moms, dads, families, and communities.

So, we want to take a moment now to give you an update with the latest news and information that show how the Resource Center is accomplishing its Mission — whether through advocacy, leading and/or participating in events and trainings, making our resources materials better and more accessible than ever, moms sharing their stories of hope and healing, or through the latest developments with our Visionary program, Project 62.

Please remember that you make this Mission possible.

On behalf of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York as well as the moms, dads and families, and communities that we serve throughout the State, let me say thank you to all of you — thank you for caring and for helping to make a positive difference.

All the best,
Sonia Murdock
Executive Director



Join us and participate with the Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s Advocacy Team as we join the National Maternal Mental Health Coalition for their
2nd annual Congressional Briefing and Advocacy Day.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Congressional Briefing on Maternal Mental Health on Capitol Hill.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Advocacy Day: Meetings with Congressional offices on Capitol Hill to educate them on constituent level issues on maternal mental health and to ask for full funding of “Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015” for FY 2018-2022.

Details [room block, agenda] and registration will be posted by mid February.

There has been quite a bit of important news that has come out in the past few months and below you will find some of the highlights.

Association of peripartum synthetic oxytocin administration and depressive and anxiety disorders within the first postpartum year. This new study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information was just published on February 1, 2017. To view the study, please go here.

The Neurobiology of Postpartum Anxiety and Depression. This important study, which was just a published at the end of January in Trends in Neurosciences and featured in an article by Medical xPress, suggests that postpartum depression and anxiety is distinct from other mood disorders. To reach the study, please click here.

Another important post that was published in early January was written by Dr. Jack Levine, Postpartum Resource Center of New York Advisory Board member. The subject of the article was Screening for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: A Perfect Pediatric Opportunity! You can find blog post here at the AAP New York Chapter 2 website.

Latest progress in maternal mental health – A new consensus bundle aims to help healthcare providers implement evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and management of perinatal maternal mental health conditions.
“The bundle seeks to provide a framework to assist providers, regardless of clinical setting, in developing a consistent approach to screening for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and developing brief interventions as well as strategies for referral, response to emergent situations, and follow-up to ensure continuity of care,” said lead author Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, from the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, Washington, DC.

These implementation recommendations, published in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, are based on guidelines developed in 2015 by the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care.\

Lastly, there is a new Research Study called the Hummingbird Study. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication in women with moderate to severe postpartum depression.

This research study lasts about 30 days, including a 3-day, in-patient hospital stay and two follow-up visits at about 7 days and 30 days after the study medication is first administered. If you are breastfeeding, you must stop temporarily. To see if you pre-qualify call (844) 901-0101 or text MOM1 to 87888. Visit their website at:

To see more perinatal mood and anxiety disorder news at our website, click here.

Project 62 is the Vision of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.

By offering prevention programs, screening and awareness campaigns, education and trainings, Circle of Caring pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety support groups and collaborations to increase treatment and support services, together we are better able to help save lives and build healthy families for vibrant New York communities now and for future generations.

In order to achieve the goal of Project 62, we are setting up perinatal mood and anxiety disorder Task Forces in all sixty-two New York State counties.Currently, we have Task Forces established or forming in the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming (comprising the WNY PMAD Task Force), Monroe County, Onondaga County, Suffolk County (Team Leader: Long Island Doula Association), Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties (Team Leader: Shades of Light).

If you are interested in forming a Task Force in your county or want to become involved in collaborating, please complete the contact form here or paste this link into your browser:

Project 62 Western New York (WNY)
was established and its Task Force created in the fall of 2015.The Task Force met several times over the course of 2016 and also held a public awareness event at Buffalo State College (screening of the documentary Dark Side of the Full Moon).For 2017, the Task Force has established quarterly meetings (dates are below) as well as Work Groups that will meet in between. For more information on these meetings, please go here or paste this link into your browser. 9, 2017
June 8, 2017
September 14, 2017
December 7, 2017
Kim Zittel-Barr, Ph.D., LMSW, ACSW, Social Work Department Chair and Associate Professor at Buffalo State College, is the Western New York PMAD Task Force Team Leader and Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s Western New York PMAD Task Force Director.If you want to become involved in the WNY PMAD Task Force, please complete the contact form here.
Awareness materials are a vital component of our efforts to educate the public about the number one medical complication of pregnancy. They help increase awareness and getting families to the help they need.

The materials are available in three different English versions as well as a Spanish language version.

You can now order these materials online. Please go here for more information or paste the address provided into your browser.

Circle Of Caring Trainings

On November 1st and 8th, we held our Circle of Caring Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression/Anxiety Support Group Program ~ Advanced Facilitator Training.

These popular trainings (which were also held just three months earlier in August) are part of The Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s Training Institute, and which we are able to offer thanks to your support.

The trainings were conducted by Executive Director, Sonia Murdock, and were for the community agencies/health centers and supporters who are interested in offering the Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s Circle of Caring Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression Support Groups.

Members of EOC of Nassau County, Inc. were trained in the Circle of Caring program and have since started their own Circle of Caring program at their offices in Hempstead, New York. A photo of members from EOC of Nassau County/Maternal & Infant Community Health Collaborative (MICHC) can be seen below. It includes: MelRose Corley- Program Director, Miriam Milord – Program Coordinator, Beatrice Goodman – Community Health Worker Supervisor and PRC of NY Executive Director, Sonia Murdock.

Another example of the impact of our Circle of Caring program can be seen with
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Mother’s Circle of Hope program. This program was started after members of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, New York, were trained by the Postpartum Resource of New York. They have made a commitment to continued education for new support group facilitators. The flyer for their program can be seen below.

These trainings are an important component of Project 62.

For more information about our Circle of Caring trainings, please contact us here.

Good Samaritan Hospital Mother's Circle of Hope Flyer
You are Not Alone. Sharing Our Stories of Hope and Healing.

One of the most visited parts of our website is the section on personal stories of hope and healing written by moms.

Julie Ende, Carol Harnist and Carolina Zaharako are the latest moms to add their stories. You can read their encouraging stories as well as those of a number of other moms by clicking here to reach the Sharing Our Stories page at our website.

If you would like to add your story, please contact us.


Postpartum Support International’s Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care Certificate of Completion Course at Buffalo State College on May 17-18, 2017.

This event is presented by the Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s PMAD WNY Task Force in collaboration with Buffalo State College.

The 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by experienced and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.

Registration includes training binder, handouts, breakfast and lunch, and continuing education credits.

On Friday, November 11, 2016, we held our 3rd Annual Lisa Mary Reilly Visioning Educational Series event.

This year it was our honor to host as our special guest speaker, Jane I. Honikman, MS. Jane, one of the true visionary leaders in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and parent support, is the Co-founder of the Postpartum Action Institute, located in Santa Barbara, California, and she is also the Founder of  Postpartum Support International as well as the author of the books Community Support for New Families and Postpartum Action Manual.

The purpose of this series as conceived by Lisa Mary Reilly, is for small groups to come together over a meal to share, inspire, motivate and make a difference in the community for families. To reach the archived event page, please go here.

The Lisa Mary Reilly Visioning Educational Series is part of our Project 62 — Building and Strengthening Perinatal Mental Health Parent Support Networks and Safety Nets in all Sixty-two New York State counties.

This year’s event was held in the Vanderbilt Suites at the MetLife Building in New York City.

We are grateful to Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, for sponsoring this annual event.

Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s State-wide PMAD Resource Directory

The February issue of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s FREE State-wide PMAD Resource Directory is now available. We update the Directory each month and this edition contains new listings as well as updates throughout. Some of the important features of the Directory are listed below.

+ Online Directory is searchable by zip code, as well as city, town, or county.
+ Filter results by: Accepts Medicaid, Bilingual or Multilingual Services, Emergency Resources, Statewide Resources, and Support Groups
+ Searchable on Desktop, Tablet or Mobile Device.
+ Available 24/7 and as a downloadable pdf.

Would you like to be listed on our Resource Directory? Or do you know someone and/or organization who should be listed? If so, please go or direct them to our application, which can be found here.


Registration is open and Sponsorships are available for the 9th Annual Sounds of Silence 5k Run for Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression Awareness.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, New York. Last year we had over 550 runners, walkers, and stroller-walkers and this year we are expecting even greater participation. We will, of course, also have our popular Kid’s Fun Run after the 5k race.

+ Top fundraiser (Individual & Team).

+ Top male and female recognition in specified age groups: 12 & Under, 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

+ Commemorative T-shirts for first (250) entrants.

+ Pre and Post-race refreshments & snacks.
+ Race swag bag to first 500 registrants.
+ Post Race Raffle: Designer Products, gift certificates, gift baskets and more**.
**Participants need to be present to win**


If you are not able to make it to Jones Beach, you can still participate and make a difference by registering as a Virtual Runner!

So, don’t delay and register now.

Sponsorship information is here.

All proceeds benefit the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.

Thanks to Erin Mascaro, Fundraising Chair / Event Director, Patricia Beaumont, Event Co-Chair as well as the Sounds of Silence committee members for organizing this important annual event!

Gratitude Expressed To Westminster United Presbyterian Church

The Postpartum Resource Center of New York recently expressed its gratitude to the members of Westminster United Presbyterian Church, West Islip, New York at their Annual Meeting for supporting the mission of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York so mothers, fathers and families in need of support for parental mental health get the help they need. PRC of NY Volunteer Jill Olish shared at the meeting Why I Care”.

Since 2000, the member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church have generously supported the Postpartum Resource Center of New York as a church mission project. They provide space where PRC of NY is headquartered and support the organizations’ mission and vision with volunteering and fundraising.

Pictured L to R: Jill Olish – PRC of NY Volunteer, Rev. Annie McMillan – Interim Pastor, Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Sonia Murdock – PRC of NY, Phyllis Fisher, PhD, PRC of NY Board Member and James DeCastro, Clerk of Session, Westminster United Presbyterian Church
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Postpartum Resource Center of New York
Serving New York State Families since 1998
109 Udall Road – West Islip, NY 11795
Toll-Free Helpline: 855-631-0001
Office: 631-422-2255
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The Postpartum Resource Center of New York is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization recognized by the IRS (EIN# 11-3449880) with all donations being tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York is a fundraising committee of our non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about Sounds of Silence, please go here.

Project 62¨ – Building and Strengthening Perinatal Mental Wellness Parent Support Networks and Safety Nets in all sixty-two New York State counties. Click here to learn more and get involved.

To see our most recent IRS 990, please see our listing at the New York State Charities Bureau, which is the New York Attorney General’s one-stop resource for charitable organizations, fundraisers, grant makers and members of the public. You may also obtain a copy our IRS 990 by sending us a request by email or mail. Please send mail requests to: Postpartum Resource Center of New York, 109 Udall Road, West Islip, NY 11795.

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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:
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Serving New York State Families Since 1998

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