Fall 2018: enCourage Podcast: I’ll talk with Karen Hodge, author and women’s ministry coordinator at the Presbyterian Church of America, about the spiritual side of mental illness. My faith in Christ strengthened me when I had postpartum depression, and when I lost my brother to suicide. Both of those experiences have, in turn, strengthened my faith.
Fall 2018: I plan to visit several perinatal groups in the New York area, where I’ll speak and exchange ideas with leaders in the field and parents.
May 11, 2018, The Family Institute, Chicago: I was a guest on TFI’s new podcast, Let’s Talk. I talked with Nikki Lively, clinical director of the Transitions to Parenthood Program, about my experience of postpartum depression and anxiety, what I learned while writing my first book, and how parents can heal from trauma.
May 7, 2018, Mom & Mind Podcast: I appeared on Dr. Katayune Kaeni’s groundbreaking show focused on maternal mental health. We discussed birth-related injuries, mental and physical trauma, and how new parents can heal from postpartum complications.
April 9, 2018, Mind of Her Own Podcast, Canada: I was one of the first guests on a podcast focused on women’s mental health and hosted by Julie Trites of Ontario. We talked about birth trauma and mental health, and how Europe is changing the face of perinatal care.
Jan. 19, 2018, Northern Illinois University, 9-11 a.m.: I spoke about trauma and mental health, as well as dads’ perinatal mental health, to a group of perinatal mental health practitioners at the Perinatal Mental Health Providers Breakfast Series. It was sponsored by Amita Health’s St. Alexius/Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital.
Nov. 20, 2017, Canada: I was a guest on Canadian radio’s VoiceAmerica. I discussed perinatal mental health with show host Rebecca Risk.
Nov. 1, 2017, Chicago area: Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA). I led a webinar on trauma and mental health for my alma mater’s alumni group. To date, the webinar has received 575 page views.
Oct. 14, 2017, Plainfield, Ill.: I participated in an author fair at Indie Author Day 2017, in Plainfield, Ill. It was an engaging time of education, networking, mingling, panels, and more.
Sept. 30, 2017, Naperville, Illinois: My first book-launch party was a success. Around 30 local women and men showed up. Some were old friends, others met for the first time. They listened to me talk about why I wrote my first book, When Postpartum Packs a Punch, what the publishing world is like, and how the book’s faring.
July 13-15, 2017, Philadelphia: My first time at Postpartum Support International’s annual conference. I met some of my most valuable sources–to that point we’d only spoken by phone–and signed and sold books.
June 2017, Naperville: I signed copies of my book for my local Barnes & Noble, where it resides in the parenting section.