Welcome. We’re so glad you are here.

PSI-GA is the Georgia state chapter of Postpartum Support International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from perinatal mood disorders, the most common complication of childbirth.

Our mission is to promote awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting mothers, their families, and support systems in all areas of Georgia.

Connect with PSI-GA:

  • You are not alone

    All mothers, fathers, and families deserve support during pregnancy and parenthood.

  • You are not to blame

    This time is challenging.

  • You will be well

    Many types of support are available.

Get Help

If you, or a loved one, is suffering with perinatal mood disorders, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you are searching for a therapist within your insurance network, a medication prescriber knowledgeable in prescribing during pregnancy and lactation, or looking for a local support group, we are here to help.

Find a PSI Coordinator

Contact one of our PSI Georgia Support Coordinators, who will help guide you through the process of finding a professional near you with expertise and experience.

Justine Piepgrass
Northern Georgia: Union, Towns, Rabun, Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Stephens, Hart, Franklin, Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Jackson, Madison, Elbert, Oglethorpe, Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Walton Counties
503-396-3677  TEXT OR CALL

Shannon Weist
Northern Georgia: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Gordon, Chattooga, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Paulding, Polk, Cobb, North Fulton
678-310-9216  TEXT OR CALL

Heather Hastie
Athens Area: Oglethorpe, Madison, Clarke, Greene, Morgan, Oconee & Jackson Counties
706-424-3677  TEXT OR CALL

If your area is not listed, please contact:
Laura Baldwin
770-609-7261  TEXT OR CALL

PSI is seeking Coordinators to help provide information, support and local resource referrals to those struggling in Georgia. If you are interested in this volunteer role, please reach out to Melissa Bentley at coordinators@postpartum.net.

Laura Baldwin
Atlanta and Metropolitan Area
770-609-7261 TEXT OR CALL

Hela Gandhi
North of Atlanta: Gwinnett, Cobb and north Fulton Counties
Hela can assist callers in English or Gujurati
706-998-2729 TEXT OR CALL

Keshia McClendon
Dekalb and Newton Counties
678-210-1542 TEXT OR CALL

DeShelle Burrowes
South of Atlanta: Fayette, Coweta, Henry, Clayton, South Fulton, Rockdale and Butts Counties
770-871-1712 TEXT OR CALL

Sylvia Mead
West of Atlanta: Carroll County
770-405-9509 TEXT OR CALL

PSI is seeking Coordinators to help provide information, support and local resource referrals to those struggling in the Atlanta area. If you are interested in this volunteer role, please reach out to Melissa Bentley at coordinators@postpartum.net.

Amy Corn
Central Georgia: Macon and Surrounding Areas
678-902-4558 TEXT OR CALL

Keisha Wells
Central-West Georgia: Muscogee (including Fort Benning), Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, and Russell Counties
762-822-7856 TEXT OR CALL

Elizabeth A. Nicholson
Southwest Georgia
404-550-3015 TEXT OR CALL

If your area is not listed, please contact:
Laura Baldwin
770-609-7261 TEXT OR CALL

PSI is seeking Coordinators to help provide information, support and local resource referrals to those struggling in Georgia. If you are interested in this volunteer role, please reach out to Melissa Bentley at coordinators@postpartum.net.

Bridget Cross
Greater Savannah Area: Chatham, Effingham, Bryan Counties
912-495-8549 TEXT OR CALL

Marissa Grace
Greater Savannah Area
912-662-6013 TEXT OR CALL

Diamond Rashad
Greater Savannah Area
912-231-7291 TEXT OR CALL

Harley Strickland
Counties Surrounding Savannah (low country area)
912-504-0866 TEXT OR CALL

If your area is not listed, please contact
Laura Baldwin
770-609-7261 TEXT OR CALL

PSI is seeking Coordinators to help provide information, support and local resource referrals to those struggling in Georgia. If you are interested in this volunteer role, please reach out to Melissa Bentley at coordinators@postpartum.net.

Join a Support Group

PSI GA has a wide offering of online support group meetings. Led by trained facilitators (moms or therapists) our FREE support groups will connect you with other parents and provide helpful tools and resources. Whether you are going through stress, adjustment to parenting, Baby Blues, or pregnancy or postpartum depression/anxiety, our groups are here for you. Meetings held daytime & evening, weekdays and weekends.

Mama Talk

Motherhood is hard and you should not have to do it alone. Mama Talk is here to remind you that you are a good mom and that taking care of yourself is just as important as changing those diapers. Come join us for in a safe space where you can express your feelings in a judgment free zone. Every 3rd Thursday we offer a bilingual space where you can feel free to speak in Spanish or English.

Audience: Antepartum & Postpartum Women
Contact: Crystal Tarber
Email: crystaltarber@gmail.com
Meeting Frequency: Every 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 pm- 8:00pm. EST
Click to Register for the 1st Thursday (ENGLISH)
Click to Register for the 3rd Thursday (BILINGUAL)

Perfectly Imperfect Moms

Should my baby be sleeping this long? How will I know she’s eating enough? Am I holding him too much? Why won’t she stop crying? WHY CAN’T I STOP CRYING?!? Every new or soon-to-be-mother has or will ask these and MANY more questions throughout the pregnancy and postpartum phases. Perfectly Imperfect Moms is a caring and compassionate peer support group especially for mothers who need the assurance that it is perfectly normal to feel imperfect in your mothering skills or how you are adapting to your new life and the whirlwind of changes. This is the place to ask your questions or share your feelings without fear, guilt or shame. Curiosity is welcome – judgment is not. You are invited to add your voice and value to the discussions.

All participants agree and commit to supporting each other with kindness, respect and understanding, particularly when differences in opinions, methodology or beliefs arise.

All meetings begin with a moment of quiet reflection (as quiet as possible) just prior to introductions. I encourage you to show up as your authentic self and allow whatever comes up to come out, knowing your Perfectly Imperfect Sisters are here to hold space for you.

I look forward to getting to know you. Peace and blessings.

Audience: Ante- and Postpartum Mothers (and little ones)
Contact: Teresa Smith
Email: Teresa@PeacefulSoulLLC.com
Phone: 678-796-6525
Meeting Frequency: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. EST
Click to Register

Mothers Tears & Mothers Care

A safe place to discuss fears, emotions, and stressful situations; while receiving support for yourself, your baby, and family.

Audience: Antepartum and Postpartum Moms
Contact: Connie Cooke
Email: northlondon22@aol.com
Meeting Frequency: Every Monday at 7:00 p.m. EST
Click to Register

Embracing Mamas – (Teen Moms)

Here’s a safe haven for teen moms to come and discuss their feelings and express themselves in a caring atmosphere.  You can feel safe, and secure and just relax; this time is for you.

Contact: Clarissa Edmondson
Email: info@adlenasembrace.com
Meeting Frequency: Every 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. EST
Click to Register

Many of our local supports groups are still meeting, but moved online due to COVID-19. Please see listings below for updated meeting information and instructions to join. 

Circle of Hope

For those who are struggling for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This group provides peer support for mothers by offering a safe, non-judgmental space to share feelings and experiences on their postpartum journey. All groups are currently meeting online until further notice.

1370 Briarcliff Rd, Macon, GA 31211, USA 31211

Contact: Rachel Huston
Email: circleofhopeformoms@gmail.com
Meeting Location: Online via FB Room
Meeting Frequency: Alternate Thursdays at 7:30pm; email for schedule

Emory Decatur Hospital, Baby Talk Breastfeeding

Free peer-to-peer breastfeeding support group led by a lactation consultant. Meet other breastfeeding moms, share tricks and tips, and get questions answered by the experts. All groups are currently meeting online until further notice.

Address: Currently meeting online
Phone: 404-501-3050
Meeting Location: Visit Zoom.com (“Join a Meeting”) Meeting ID is 286-009-746
Meeting Frequency: Every Thursday 11:00am
Website: View Website

Emory Decatur Hospital, New Parent Support Group

Free drop-in new parent support group for parents of infants 0-6 months of age. Join for weekly support and conversation with other new parents, including monthly topics such as infant massage, pelvic floor health, perinatal depression/anxiety, and more. Groups are currently meeting online until further notice.

Phone: 404-501-3050
Meeting Location: Online via Zoom, (“Join a Meeting”) Meeting ID is 286-009-746
Meeting Frequency: Thurs 12pm (babies up to 6mo)
Website: View Website

Nurture Community Support

This supportive, non-judgmental group is for moms seeking connection and community during your baby’s first year. Come on over to meet other mamas who are in it with you. We’ll explore topics such as mothering during a pandemic, health and wellness, relationships, mood changes, bonding with your baby, body image, sexuality, and more. Babies are welcome to participate. Private Facebook group also available at facebook.com/groups/nurturecommunitysupport.

Contact Bridget Cross for upcoming dates
Email: bridget@bridgetcrossLCSW.com
Website: View Website
Meeting Location: Savannah, GA

Perinatal Loss Grief Support Group

665 Duluth Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA, USA 30046

Contact: Tonya Lowry, Bereavement Coordinator
Phone: 678-312-4786
Website: View Website
Meeting Location: Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion at GMC-Lawrenceville, GMC Resource Center – Maple Room
Meeting Frequency: Third Tuesday of each month 6:30pm – 8pm

Postpartum Support Group

This postpartum support group is designed to be a safe, non-judgmental place to work through your concerns and to provide peer support. Sponsored by Maternal Gynerations, LLC and led by Nikki Reeves, ICCE, ICBD, PMH-C. Please call or text Nikki with any questions.

Contact: Nikki Reeves
Phone: 770-910-0014
Meeting Location: Online via Zoom,
Meeting Frequency: Alternate Tuesdays – contact Nikki for details

Rachel’s Gift Infant Loss Support Group

Open to parents, grandparents, extended family, and friends of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. All groups will meet online until further notice.

Website: View Site to Register
Meeting Location: Online, click link to register
Meeting Frequency: Thursday at 7pm

Sisters Supporting Sisters

This group is for black pregnant and postpartum mothers. This group is here to help you talk about what you are experiencing with other women like you in a safe space. You will connect with other mothers while being supported. You will learn useful tools and resources to help you move through stress, adjusting to the demands of parenting, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. We want to support you to live your best life.

Time: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7pm
Location: Zoom
Reserve your spot: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=18961223&appointmentType=21331214
Website: View Website
Hosted By: Tent Birth and Breastfeeding Services

Passage Pregnancy Support Circle

This virtual workshop offers resources, support, and information to pregnant women who want to prepare emotionally and mentally for their passage into new motherhood. This group is open to any pregnant person (first-timers and experienced) at any phase of pregnancy.

Contact: Bridget Cross
Email: bridget@bridgetcrossLCSW.com
Phone: (912) 495-8549
Website: View Website
Meeting Location: Visit website for details and to register
Meeting Frequency: Saturday mornings at 12pm

Other PSI Resources

  • Chat with an Expert

    Join our weekly call and talk with a PSI expert about symptoms, resources, treatment options and more.

  • Join our PPD Forum

    We’ve partnered with @smartpatientscommunity, an online forum for women affected by #PPD.

We do not offer crisis management services. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For additional safety information, call the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

SAVE THE DATE for our February Black Maternal Mental Health Summit

Watch Our 2021 Black Maternal Mental Health Summit

Did you know that perinatal mood disorders (PMDs) are the number one medical complication of childbirth? While often referred to as postpartum depression or even simply as postpartum, PMD can take many forms and can also occur during pregnancy. Perinatal mood disorders include depression, anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, and (much more rarely) psychosis.

Get the facts by visiting PSI’s website at www.postpartum.net

Get Involved

Want to make a difference?

Join us in our work to improve maternal mental health in Georgia! Make a tax-deductible donation today.

PSI-GA relies on members and contributions from the community to promote awareness, prevention, and treatment of maternal mental health issues related to childbearing in Georgia.

Your donations help to:

  • Promote awareness of maternal mental health in GA
  • Increase training and education of local professionals
  • Provide direct support to local moms and families

You may also wish to join PSI for full membership benefits. Contact us if you have any questions about membership. All memberships are tax-deductible.


PSI state chapters are made up of a variety of local stakeholders and further the mission of PSI on a grassroots level. Chapters work on a wide range of initiatives that they dictate for themselves because they know their states best! While some states may focus on passing legislation, others may create a robust network of peer support groups, or compile a state-wide list of perinatal mood disorder providers and resources.

All are welcome at PSI! Survivors, mental health professionals, doulas, clinicians etc. volunteer through the chapter in order to give back to their local communities. We work to reduce stigma, increase awareness, and provide connections to resources.

Partner with Us!

PSI-GA hosts two events each year that raise awareness and empower parents and families to get the care and support they need:

We have opportunities for organizations to partner with us as we expand access to perinatal mental health support and treatment throughout Georgia. For more information, download the sponsorship guides.

For more information, contact Kim Harris at kim.harris@psiga.org

For Professionals

PSI Provider Directory

Postpartum Support International offers an online directory of qualified perinatal mental health professionals. Join the registry and share your listing as a mental health provider, a healthcare provider, childbirth professional, or support group. As a specialized provider, you can tailor your directory listing to reach out to potential clients in your area. Keep your profile up-to-date with practice announcements, new programs and groups, and more!

Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line

The PSI Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line is a service provided for medical professionals who have questions about the mental health care related to pregnant and postpartum patients and pre-conception planning. It is staffed by reproductive psychiatrists who are members of PSI and specialists in the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders. The service is free and available by appointment. Call 1-877-499-4773 and we will match you with an appointment. We will respond to your request within one business day. This service is available for medical providers only.

Training Sessions

PSI-GA now offers Perinatal Mental Health trainings to providers who work with pregnant and postpartum women. Choose from 3 presentations:

  • FREE one hour lunch n’ learn training on best practices for screening and referring your patients for perinatal mental health challenges.
  • Two hour Perinatal Mental Health Signs & Symptoms Presentation ($375): covers how to recognize and identify signs and symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs)
  • One Day Advanced Clinical Skills Training (price upon request): teaches advanced clinical skills for working with perinatal women.

Frontline Provider, Certificate & Webinar Trainings

If you are a therapist, OB/GYN, pediatrician, midwife, or other professional who works with pregnant women, new mothers, and their families, consider increasing your professional knowledge and awareness.

Downloadable Materials

Help patients and families learn more about perinatal mental health. Use these handouts and posters in your facility. Click on each link to download and print. If you don’t have a color printer, these files can be used to order from your favorite printer. Or, you may order pre-printed copies of some of our materials for your organization, by requesting through our online request form. Orders are free, but optional donations are appreciated.

About Us

The mission of Postpartum Support International, Georgia Chapter (PSI-GA) is to promote awareness, prevention, and treatment of maternal mental health issues related to childbearing in Georgia.

On a local level, it is the vision of PSI-GA that every woman and family throughout the state will have access to information, social support, and informed professional care to deal with mental health issues related to childbearing.

PSI-GA is an all-volunteer organization and a State Chapter of Postpartum Support International, a 501(c)(3) organization.  The Tax ID number of Postpartum Support International and PSI-GA is 77-0196208.

Connect with PSI-GA:

Shantrice Jones

Shantrice Jones, MPH, CPH
President, DPH Liaison


  • Public Health Professional, Researcher, Mom
  • Project Manager of Community Engagement, Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance

“​​I am deeply honored to utilize my public health background and passion for helping families struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety. I am especially proud of our extensive work training and building the capacity of health care professionals to recognize the symptoms, screen, and diagnose so that families can get the help they need. The work we are doing through PSI-GA is literally changing lives — and it is extraordinary!”

Shontel Cargill, MS, LMFT
Board President-Elect


  • Mom of an Angel, Survivor, Advocate
  • Perinatal Mental Health Professional Regional Clinic Director, Thriveworks

“I humbly serve on the PSI-GA Board of Directors because I have a lifelong commitment of being a catalyst for change in maternal mental health as a survivor, advocate, and perinatal mental health professional. After experiencing the loss of my daughter, I turned my pain into passion and purpose to help mothers and families who have experienced loss, PMADs, birth trauma, infertlity, and are impacted by maternal mortality in the state of Georgia.”

Mica Whitfield, LMSW

Mica Whitfield, LMSW
Vice-President, Advocacy & Government Relations Liaison


  • Mom, Advocate, Survivor
  • State Director, 9to5 Georgia

“I serve on the PSI-GA board because I want to make sure no one suffers in silence. My board service is for every woman that felt alone in her postpartum journey without the support and resources she needed to thrive.”

Paige L. Rohe, MPH
Vice President-Elect, Climb Out of the Darkness Co-Lead


  • Mommy, Birth Safety Champion, Mover and Shaker
  • Director of Communications, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

“After I had my daughter, I struggled with birth trauma based on our delivery experience, and Georgia PSI’s resources helped me to understand that I wasn’t alone, and that there were specialized resources to help me. I am very eager and grateful for the opportunity to give back to other mothers and birthing parents who need support, nurturing, and healing for their mental health after childbirth.”

Colin GatewoodColin Gatewood, Treasurer
Treasurer & PSI Liaison


  • Dad, thinker, eater
  • Director of Asset/Liability Management, FHLBank Atlanta

“I joined the PSI board to help bring focus and attention to the issues surrounding maternal mental health in Georgia, which consistently ranks near the bottom of all national measures related to care and support of new and expectant mothers.”

Amanda Gorman
Treasurer-Elect, Board Development and Recruitment


  • Mom, Wife, Survivor, Writer, Advocate
  • Birth Educator and Podcast Host, Finding your Village

“I am thankful and honored to have the opportunity to be of service to birthing people and their families in Georgia. As a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety, I know personally that the work that PSI GA does saves lives. I also acknowledge and lament that there is a large disparity in infant and maternal mortality rates and the rates of perinatal mood disorders affecting the BIPOC community, particularly in Georgia. I feel strongly about advocating for structural, institutional and personal changes to reduce those disparities and to save the lives of birthing people and children in our state.”

Clare Schexnyder
Secretary & Constituent Services


  • Mom, Entrepreneur, Survivor, Community Organizer
  • Founder and CEO, Oh Baby! Fitness

“Exercise, community and counseling saved my life when I had postpartum depression; I’m working with PSI GA to ensure all new and expectant Moms have access to the help and support they need.”


Latha Nair-Erickson
Secretary-Elect, Climb Out of the Darkness Co-Lead


  •  Relationship Cultivator, Mom, Advocate
  •  Network Production Leader | Communications Specialist

“I am very excited to learn and grow in this role on the PSI-GA Board. Mental health is a real stigma in the Asian community and getting help is not an easy task. I hope to be an advocate and let women know there is support for women who feel isolated.”

Elise Blasingame
Corporate Support & Partnerships


  • Advocate, Partner, Dog Mom
  • Doctoral Student, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia. Former Executive Director at HMHBGA.

“I look forward to working with the Board and volunteers of PSI to make a Georgia where there’s no stigma for women living with PMADs and where they can access the services and resources they need.”

Laytrina Clemons-Brown, MSN, RN
Scholarship Coordinator


  • Mom, Wife, Family Survivor of Losses, Advocate, Nurse
  • Nurse Manager in Women’s Services

“It is humbling to be a part of a community of leaders that puts advocacy, for those who cannot always stand for themselves, first. To take care of others is integral to our survival as humans.”

Bridget Cross, LCSW, PMH-C
PSI State Coordinator Liaison


  • Clinical Social Worker, Advocate, Mom
  • Psychotherapist in private practice in Savannah, GA

“PSI has been a lifeline to me both personally and professionally since I became a mom. I became a maternal mental health clinician to offer that support outward in the Savannah community, where moms and families struggle profoundly. I’m so honored to join the PSI-GA board and to advocate for our coastal Georgia mamas and for improved maternal health across the state.”

Angela Deportage, MSN-ED, BSN, RN
Peer Support Group Lead


  • Professional Nurse, Educator, Advocate, Mentor, Author, Wife & Mother
  • Clinical Specialty Educator, Women’s Services, Eastside Medical Center/ Tristar Division

“Over my many years in nursing,  I have seen the devastating effects health inequities play on a community’s mental and physical health.  As a Labor &  Delivery nurse,  I have seen how those issues directly affect prenatal and postpartum health. I want to be an advocate & mentor for those communities.”

Kris Favers, Ed.S
Community Outreach & Events Lead


  • Community Advocate for Postpartum
  • Marketing Coordinator for Amerigroup Community Care serving families who qualify for Medicaid in the State of Georgia, Member of Atlanta Healthy Start Consortium’s strategy team.

“My reason for serving on the board is to be a resource for moms with postpartum. I want to be able to collaborate with other agencies to bring a wealth of resources to moms and their families.”

Ashley S. Lingerfelt, MS, LPC, PMH-C
Mental Health Provider Liaison


  • Mother, Clinician, Advocate
  • Clinical Director, Playtime Therapy of Georgia, LLC

“Advocating for better care for birthing families is a necessity. By bringing awareness to the intersection of infant and perinatal mental health, we can change the futures of families within our state. I’m honored to be a part of an organization that puts families first from the very beginning.”

Keisha ReavesKeisha Reaves
Training Coordinator


  • Entrepreneur, Mom, Runner
  • Clinical Director & Owner of Push Thru Therapy

“Black maternal mental health is a huge passion of mine and I wanted to be a part of an organization whose mission is to educate our community about the postpartum experience for mothers. PSI does incredible work to help the entire family and also connect them with resources. I believe in the work that PSI does and I’m excited to be a part to assist in driving the mission of helping mothers.”


Jose Rodríguez, MD, MBA, FAAP
Provider & Hospital Liaison


  • Wellstar Pediatrician/Asthma Champion
  • Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at Medical College of Georgia, Adjunct at Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Faculty Graduate Medical Education at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital
  • Faculty American Academy of Pediatrics Substance Use ECHO Project

“All children need available parents in all sense of the word, especially the first 1000 days of life when children are most sensitive and parents are at most risk” 

Jennifer Rutledge Pettie, JD, MPH (ON LEAVE)


  • Legal epidemiologist, Associate Vice Chancellor for Healthcare Policy with the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia

“As a public health professional, I appreciate that maternal health and mental health are very much linked to morbidity and mortality. For this reason, I am personally committed to improving access to care to women in need – in spite of socioeconomic factors and challenges that too often act as barriers.”

Angie Seech, PhD
Grants and Foundation Support Lead


  • Mother, Brain Enthusiast, Mental Health Advocate, Educator
  • Owner and Educator at Mommy Brain EDU and Full-Time Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student

“I am passionate about maternal mental health and helping individuals to understand the changes that take place in the brain during and after pregnancy. Sometimes, these changes, along with the often-turbulent transition to motherhood, lead to PMADS. I am honored and excited to serve on this board with other passionate and talented individuals to work towards a community where families are supported during this time.”

Shlonda B Smith, IBCLC
Volunteer Coordinator


  • Wife, Mom, Survivor, Advocate
  • State Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Coordinator

“I am ecstatic about the opportunity to represent, serve, and advocate for the many families of Georgia impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders with PSI-GA. With our collective voices, expertise, and networks, I have high expectations that we can contribute to the improved well-being of Georgia’s families.”

daddy and mommy

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