Maternal Mental Health Care Resources

The following maternal mental health care resources are provided in connection with the documentary, Dark Side of the Full Moon. We had the pleasure of viewing the documentary and meeting with it's Executive Producer, Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D., on November 29, 2016. This program was jointly sponsored by AAP-OC Chapter, the Orange County Psychiatric Society, and the Orange County Psychological Association.


Thank you to all who attended the "Dark Side of the Full Moon" film screening. The documentary received very positive reviews from all the attendees. Our hope is that those who viewed the documentary were compelled to make positive changes for improved maternal mental health care in the service of pregnant women and new parents in Orange County.



The slides that were presented during the question & answer time can be downloaded. Click here to begin the download.

Visit the website for more information and to view the film:


More resources are listed below. You can also download this list.

Shoshana Bennett, PhD (psychologist):
Sonya Rasminsky, MD (psychiatrist):
Eric Ball, MD (pediatrician):
Marina Masloveric, MD (ob/gyn):

Some Local Resources
Hoag Referral Line:
OC Postpartum Wellness Program
(714) 480-5160 or 855-OC-LINKS (general referral line)
Free Support groups:
St. Joseph’s Caring for Women with Maternal Depression
Hoag’s Postpartum Adjustment Group
949-764-BABY (2229)

Advocacy and Education
2020Mom – education and advocacy about maternal mental health
Postpartum Support International
Local Contact: Elizabeth Farnsworth, LMFT, 949-246-5062 (connect to local providers)
Website also includes resources for fathers
Postpartum Progress

On-Line Resources
Massachusetts General Hospital Women’s Mental Health Program
Lactmed – NIH Database about medications during lactation
MotherToBaby – information about medications during pregnancy and lactation, including factsheets for patients
Motherisk – Canadian resource about medications during pregnancy and lactation

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