Tune In Tuesday, March 27th as Sara Lee Kessler debuts “Healthbeat” on PBS featuring Postpartum Depression

Afriye Amerson, MD, Susan Dowd Stone, LCSW, journalist Sara Lee Kessler, Mary Ann Lofrumento, MD and producer Janice Selinger

Life has been impossibly hectic these last three months. Blogging took a back seat to multiple personal (my only daughter’s engagement!) and professional (teaching, writing, clinical and advocacy) collaborations relevant to perinatal mental health.

As spring approaches, the results of these endeavors are ready for presentation and will be featured each week in this renewed Perinatal Pro blog! Despite my absence, the list of Perinatal Pro subscribers reached new heights – and the associated guilt brought me back to the keyboard!

It is most gratifying to see the increasing numbers of those from all realms – policy, practice, legislative and consumer based organizations – who now align themselves with the fight for better detection and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. But this also means that they are likely dealing with the direct effects of PPD and searching for answers, treatment and programs for themselves, loved ones, or clients.

The spring’s first important inaugural event in the NY/NJ area may bring answers to some of these questions. Next Tuesday, March 27th at 10:30 PM, Emmy Award winning journalist Sara Less Kessler debuts her new show “Healthbeat” on area PBS stations (NJTV in the tri-state area).

Sara Lee Kessler and her producer Janice Selinger journeyed around the country to interview those whose PPD programs and research represent much of what we’ve accomplished so far, as well as highlighting innovative research which points the way to future directions in managing and treating PPD.

They interviewed Dr. Katherine Wisner, a renown and cutting edge researcher at UPMC who has spearheaded studies into the etiology and treatments for PPD. Heading further south, this Emmy award winning team visited the groundbreaking program at UNC, which houses the nation’s first inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit. There they interviewed Dr. David Rubinow, program medical director Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD and nurse practitioner Chris Raines, RN.

Closer to home, they took stock of NJ’s maternal child health consortia programs, and sat with Susan Ellis Murphy who has helped create amazingly effective outreach programs in southern NJ. Up north, Hoboken University Medical Center is featured with their group for new mothers, giving us a view of what their referral networks look like and how they identify mothers who have the potential to develop postpartum depression and anxiety disorders.

NJ’s First Lady, Mary Jo Codey and her husband, Governor Richard Codey chronicled the early beginnings of NJ’s Speak Up When You’re Down Program.

The program airs these interviews and solicits commentary from a pediatrician, Mary Ann Lofrumento, MD, an obstetrician, Afriye Amerson, MD and a clinical social worker, yours truly.

It’s a great snapshot of where we are, what we have learned and promising directions and programs. I hope you will tune in and join me in thanking this very talented journalist, Sara Lee Kessler, for highlighting our ongoing and critically important mission. Here is station information:

The program is on NJTV on Tuesday, March 27th at 10:30 PM (which is the old NJN same channel depending on cable).

Cablevision CH 8
Comcast CH 23, Hi-Def CH 261 or 800
Service Electric Sparta, CH 8
Service Electric Hunterdon CH 23
Time Warner NJ CH 23, Hi-Def CH 723
Time Warner NYC CH 165
Verizon Fios, CH 23, Hi-Def 523,
DIRECT TV, CH 50 (NYC area) CH 23 (Philly area)
Dish Network CH 58, Hi-Def CH 8113 north, CH 23 and Hi-Def CH 8161 south,
Over the Air Camden CH 23, CH 52 Trenton, CH 58 New Brunswick, and CH 50 Montclair.

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