How WNYPPC got started...
WNY Postpartum Connection, Inc. was created by three social workers, brought together by a common desire to improve mental health services for postpartum families. Early on we recognized that services for postpartum families were severely lacking in Western New York. In an effort to bridge the gap, we became active in raising awareness about maternal mental health in the community, in networking with OBGYN and pediatric offices to promote screening and referrals, and have been integral partners in bringing more specialized training to therapists and other healthcare providers in Western New York, while being active members of the WNY PMAD Coalition (through the PRCNY Project 62).
In 2017 we created the WNY Postpartum Connection website to enhance access to quality mental health and other complementary services, to promote quick and effective recovery for moms and their families. In May 2020 we established WNYPPC as a not-for-profit corporation.
The WNY Postpartum Connection, Inc. provider community now includes over 125 independent practitioners, agencies, local support groups, supportive programs, and service providers in the community. We organize and lead the annual Climb out of the Darkness Walk benefiting Postpartum Support International and local partners. We provide education to groups in our community and promote access to care for all moms and families in WNY. Postpartum mental health concerns are very common and very treatable - no mother should suffer in silence simply because of a lack of resources. We are committed to helping all women access the care they need, without fear of discrimination. WNY Postpartum Connection, Inc. condemns racism and hate in all forms. We stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color locally and nationally who are calling for change. We stand with the individuals, families, and communities that have been impacted by the trauma of racially motivated murders, violence, and discrimination. We advocate for equity, inclusion, and access to care for underserved members of our community and work to remove barriers to mental health services.
WNYPPC is completely volunteer run, and provides services to the community free of charge. We continue to grow our network of providers - if you would like to become an affiliate with the WNY Postpartum Connection we invite you to please reach out and connect with us.
Co-Founders and Directors
Jennifer Urban LCSW-R, PMH-C
Julie Rosinski LCSW-R, PMH-C
Lori Badach LCSW-R, PMH-C
As three local social workers in private practice we are independent in our work, but joined in our commitment to support growing families in WNY.
Finance and Accounting Intern
Andrew is a Junior at Canisius College, majoring in finance and accounting. Andrew is helping us grow as a nonprofit while keeping our finances in order. Please contact Andrew if you have a fundraising idea or would like to support our work with a donation.
Research and Development Intern
Na'Mia is a senior at Buffalo Seminary and is researching how we can improve access to perinatal mental health care for all families in our community. Stay tuned for a community needs assessment and recommendations for improved access to care.
Let's get connected!
Are you a Professional who specializes in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders?
We hope to grow our community of maternal mental health specialists, and would love to connect with more providers in WNY. If you would like to be included in this directory, please send us an email with your name, contact information, credentials (PhD, LCSW, LMHC, LMFT, NP, MD, etc), and information regarding specialized perinatal training (click below for more details).
Emails can be sent to our general mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori can be reached at email@example.com
Julie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer can be reached at email@example.com