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2010 Training Event Coverage

On May 26, 2010, the New Jersey Department of Health co-sponsored a training event for New Jersey healthcare providers. Perinatal Mood Disorders: Unexpected Outcomes gave attendees insight into PMD's impacts on families, how parents handle a sick baby, the specific issues that trauma and abuse survivors face throughout pregnancy, and how untreated PPD can lead to tragic outcomes.



Some speakers shared personal stories that were very emotional, while others discussed patients whose challenging situations and unexpected outcomes made them prone to experiencing a perinatal mood disorder. This video highlights the various presentations.




Randy Gibbs spoke about his sister, Jenny Gibbs Bankston, who suffered from undiagnosed postpartum depression and took her infant son's life and then her own. Randy is the executive director of Jenny's Light, an organization founded in his sister's memory. | Transcript




Former New Jersey First Lady Mary Jo Codey received an award to recognize her advocacy for postpartum depression awareness. She was given a circular necklace with her children's initials engraved on one side and the slogan "Speak Up When You're Down" on the other side to reflect the positive impact she has made on countless women. | Transcript



Training event attendeesView the day in photos.






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