The Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA) Mission:
PHA is a San Diego non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), providing support + treatment referrals to women and their families, and connecting + educating San Diego's clinical and perinatal wellness professionals.
What's that mean?
Established in 1998, we've been talking about maternal mental health before it was cool. Now, we are dedicated to bringing together and supporting San Diego Perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) professionals to ensure we can connect San Diego families with the support they deserve. Additionally, we're determined to address the support to address the gap in perinatal care that disproportionately impact low-income and BIPOC.
How do we do it?
- Host a warmline - Only 15% of those suffering from a PMAD receive help. To address this, trained PHA volunteers provide safe support and specialized referrals through our "warmline." The warmline takes messages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and every message is returned within 48 hours.
- Support Professionals - PHA serves as a membership organization bringing together diverse and dedicated clinical + allied perinatal professionals. Our membership allows our providers to continuously expand their education and regularly exchange peer support, resources, and referrals through our clinical listserv.
- Increase Awareness - PHA will not rest until every person a new parent comes in contact with understands PMADs. We do this by regularly providing our PMADs 101 training to community groups, health providers, and businesses, in addition to supplying health clinics with our educational brochures.
- Educate Providers - Even though PMADs are the number one complication of birth, MANY health professional remain uninformed. This educational gap results in PMADs being regularly minimized, misdiagnosed, or overlooked by the people we count on for help. PHA is dedicated to ensuring San Diego providers are well versed in topics related to perinatal mental health and wellness.
- Provide Local Resources - With so much information at our fingertips, finding non-judgmental trusted and helpful resources have never been harder. We tackle this modern-day problem by maintaining a website packed full of educational insights on PMADs and a directory full of local and specialized perinatal clinical providers, allied professionals, and support groups.
Bottom line - If you care about new moms/dads/parents, we'd be honored to have your help and support.