Jane's Blog

Write to Change the World

I believe in the power of words.  All my life I’ve liked to write.  I kept a Diary and I had pen pal friends as a school girl in the 1960s.   Decades later I am a published author.   Recently, I learned that only 10 – 20% of newspaper opinion pieces (opeds) are written by women.  […]

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My new book

Community Support for New Families, A Guide to Organizing a Postpartum Parent Support Network in Your Community is about to be published.  Praeclarus Press inspired me to revise my original Step by Step Guide that I wrote and self-publish in 2000.   This updated book is intended to reach a broader audience than my initial effort.  […]

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Back to the Future

It was 50 years ago when Whittier College accepted me as a Freshman.  I was 17 years old when I left my home in Palo Alto, California and flew, sight unseen, to the small town of Whittier in Southern California.  Whittier College  was founded in 1887 by the Quakers  to provide a liberal arts curriculum […]

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PEP at 36

On March 14, 2013 Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) celebrated the launch of Baby Steps.  I felt like a young mother witnessing the birth of another baby.  36 years ago PEP was “born” with the help of a group of friends.  We  had a vision for our Santa Barbara community that has exceeded our expectations.  […]

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Lobbying for a better world through CARE

“Make Your Impact” was the theme of the 2013 CARE USA conference and Women’s Day Celebration in Washington, DC.  I am honored to be a volunteer for an organization as old as I am.    It began fighting poverty through CARE packages immediately after WWII. Today it supports 997 poverty-fighting projects in 84 countries and reaches […]

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My New Friends in China

I’m thrilled to share that my postpartum support books have been translated into Chinese.  This opportunity began in March 2012 when 黄骐Queena Hwang joined PSI and she then introduced herself to me in an email from her home in Mainland China. Queena, who was born and raised in Beijing, is a licensed psychotherapist, who runs […]

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Focus on Change

Focus on  Change  It was an honor to work with Professor John Cox and Karen Jones O’Donnell as the moderators for a workshop on maternal mental health in low income countries.  The major theme of the workshop centered on the need for a paradigmatic shift, rather than more training models, to achieve change. Paris, France […]

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Networking with PSI friends in Florida

A trip to meet relatives in Florida became a perfect PSI networking opportunity. Instead of a my monthly one hour PSI call-in to Chat with the Founder on December 10, I met with three mothers for four hours. Jennifer Silliman made it happen. She is the PSI Southeast Regional Coordinator, Florida Co-Coordinator, Palm Beach Area, […]

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Visitor from Israel

One of my great joys is to host visitors in our Santa Barbara home. We are delighted to welcome PSI friends from around the world. Recently, Saralee Glasser arrived from Israel to share time with us. She is a developmental psychologist and senior researcher at the Gertner Institute of Epidemiology and Health Policy Research for […]

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Maman Blues Association

A major highlight during a Marce Society Congress is the opportunity to meet outstanding like-minded individuals from around the globe.  On this occasion in Paris, I was delighted to meet the founder and leaders of Maman Blues Association of France, Nadege Temple-Beauvois and Carolyne Bernard-Chatelain. Carolyne, was a co-moderator with PSI past President Birdie Gunyon […]

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