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WNY Postpartum Connection, Inc.

Our Mission:

To improve access to perinatal mental health care for all women and families in our community.

Our Purpose:

To connect families with the services they need for a healthy start

To serve as a guide to some of the specialized perinatal mental health services in our area

To connect professionals who share a commitment to helping families in our community

To support the larger community through advocacy, education, and increased access to care for all

Who We Are:

WNY Postpartum Connection, Inc. is a volunteer run nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving access to care for families in WNY who face perinatal mental health concerns.  The WNYPPC, Inc. website is a free directory of local mental health and support services for those who are pregnant or postpartum, or facing issues such as loss and fertility challenges.  WNYPPC is also a place for providers and community businesses to connect with one another.  The WNYPPC provider community includes over 125 independent practitioners, agencies, local support groups, supportive programs, and service providers in the community. WNYPPC provider network membership is free.  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.  We collaborate with providers and community agencies as partners in our goal to improve access to perinatal mental health care for all families in our community. 

 

What We Believe:

We believe that postpartum mental health concerns are very common and very treatable and no parent should suffer in silence simply because of a lack of resources.  We are committed to helping families access the care they need, without fear of discrimination.  We stand in solidarity locally and nationally with those who are calling for change, and the individuals, families, and communities that have been impacted by trauma and discrimination. We advocate for equity, inclusion, and access to care for all members of our community and work to remove barriers to mental health services.

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Meet the Team

Jennifer Urban LCSW-R, PMH-C

Julie Rosinski LCSW-R, PMH-C

Lori Badach LCSW-R, PMH-C

Co-Founders and Directors

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.  We are grateful for all of the many providers in our community who make up the WNY Postpartum Connection.

Coming Soon

Mallory Ferland

Advanced Year MSW Student (Spring/Summer 2022)

Mallory is in the MSW program at the UB School of Social Work, completing her Advanced Year field placement with WNYPPC.

Coming Soon
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Samantha Marcotte

Research and Development Intern (Summer 2022)

Sam is entering her Senior year at Canisius College.  She is helping us develop our resource directory and provider network, while researching other programs available to families in our community.

Past Interns at WNYPPC

We are grateful to them for helping us grow!

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Na'Mia Kelly

Research and Development Intern

Summer 2021

Na'Mia joined us as an incoming senior at Buffalo Seminary high school.  She worked with WNYPPC researching how we can improve access to perinatal mental health care for all families in our community.  View Na'Mia's research here.

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Andrew Urban

Business and Finance Intern

Dec 2020 - March 2022
While a second and third year business student at Canisius College, Andrew helped us establish our non-profit status, provided accounting and tax assistance, and helped us to establish goals for sustainability.

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Elizabeth Berry

Advanced Year MSW Intern

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
Elizabeth joined the team while in the MSW program at the UB School of Social Work, completing her Advanced Year field placement with WNYPPC.  She focused on community engagement, network building, and improving access to care.

Join the WNYPPC Community

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 free 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 info@wnypostpartum.com

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 local access to quality mental health services, and to promote quick and effective recovery for moms and their families.  In May 2020 we established WNYPPC as a not-for-profit corporation.   


WNYPPC is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) organization.  Use of this website and network membership are free, although we welcome donations. If you would like to learn more about WNYPPC please contact us at info@wnypostpartum.com. We look forward to connecting with you!