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  • <span>You are not</span>  alone

    You are not alone

  • <span>PMAD affects 1 in 7</span>  pregnant &amp; new mothers

    PMAD affects 1 in 7 pregnant & new mothers

  • <span>Postpartum Health Alliance</span>  can help

    Postpartum Health Alliance can help


  • We can help moms who are struggling with postpartum emotional disorders

    Depression and Anxiety are the most common complications of childbirth. They can happen in pregnancy, too.

    You are not alone! Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), which include Postpartum Depression, affect 1 in 7 pregnant and new mothers.

    Whether you are a mom who is struggling, a concerned friend or relative, or a health professional, we at Postpartum Health Alliance can offer you support and referrals to resources that can help.

    If you are struggling or have questions, please call our warmline at 619-254-0023. Our trained volunteers can provide you with support and referrals.

    If you need immediate support please call the San Diego Access and Crisis Line at 1-888-724-7240. The toll-free call is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.


Upcoming Events

  • Postpartum Health Alliance's Sweetest Day Fundraiser is this weekend!

    Stop by SNOOZE IN HILLCREST on Saturday, October 17th and order a RED VELVET PANCAKE to support PHA!

    Stop by CREST CAFE, GIRARD GOURMET OR THE FRENCH GOURMET on Saturday, October 18th and inquire about what you can purchase to support PHA!

    Special thanks to each of these amazing companies for offering to donate sales of one sweet treat to PHA! Your dedication to helping local new moms and families makes such a difference to our community!

    October Educational Luncheon with Amanda Freeman, PhD.

    October 17, 2014 from 11:30 pm -1:30 pm

    When the fairy tale fails: Pregnancy complications as a risk factor for perinatal distress

    As girls grow up into women and begin dreaming about their “one day” families, they might also begin developing expectations about their pregnancies. These expectations, most likely, do not include any pregnancy complications. When these develop, it can create significant distress. A recent study has shown that of women hospitalized with obstetric complications, 27% met criteria for depression and 13% met criteria for anxiety (Byatt, et.al., 2014). Yet only 5% of these women received mental health treatment. This presentation will explore the relationship between pregnancy complications and perinatal distress, the need for screening and the benefits of providing mental health treatment.


    1 – Participants will be able to identify the clinical profile of mother’s-to-be who are at risk for developing clinically significant depression and anxiety

    2 – Participants will be able to recognize when a referral for psychiatric consultation or other collaboration is appropriate

    3 – Participants will become familiar with special treatment considerations and clinical challenges

    Lunch Special: Maurizio Trattoria Italiana is hosting us and offering a special $15 (+ tax) prix fix menu, including a salad, appetizer, main dish, desert and soft drink!

    This Course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education units for MFT’s, LPCC’s, LEP’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the Board of Behavioral Examiners.

    PPD Study Group

    • Receive updated training on postpartum depression and related disorders
    • Share information and resources with colleagues
    • Participate in case consultation
    • Discuss the latest books on postpartum depression and related disorders

    Facilitator: Mary L. Obata, M.A., MFT

    Attendance: Once a month on the fourth Friday of the month

    Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

    Cost: Free

    Location: 5100 Marlborough Drive, Suite 208, San Diego, CA 92116

    RSVP to: 619-220-4680 


Welcome message

Our Mission

Postpartum Health Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety symptoms and disorders and providing support and treatment referrals to women and their families.

Our History

Postpartum Health Alliance has been operating in San Diego since 1998. San Diego PHA was founded by Dr. Leslie W. Craig, Dr. Kelly Boyd-Bragadeste, Dr. Martha Diamond, Dr. Janet Jaffee, Dr. Adele Josepho, and Dr. Robert Hickman.


  • TheBlueDotProject

    What is TheBlueDotProject?

    A mom, a reproductive psychiatrist and a volunteer with Postpartum Health Alliance came together to create TheBlueDotProject. Receiving a generous grant from the Mason Hirst Foundation, the Project intends to change the face of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety by taking away the stigma and raising awareness.

    Very often, when a mom is suffering from these symptoms, it can be very isolating. Reaching out for support or talking to others isn’t always easy while feeling this way. Yet, life goes on; there are errands to run and children to drop off and pick up. The hope is that these BlueDots on your car’s bumper will give them hope that they will get better. Commute by subway? Put it on your laptop. Spread the word: we are everywhere. Let her know she’s not alone.



  • Information on this Web site is intended only to increase knowledge on perinatal (during pregnancy and after childbirth) mood disorders. We do not intend to offer medical advice or treatment of any kind. The tools we offer, such as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, are intended as tools only, the results of which should be confirmed by a qualified healthcare professional. This information is not a replacement for diagnosis or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. PHA cannot be responsible for actions taken without professional medical guidance.