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Welcome to the Mom & Mind Podcast!

This podcast focuses on the Maternal Mental Health struggles related to becoming pregnant, being pregnant, birth and early parenthood. We talk about all of the stuff that you wish someone would have told you BEFORE you tried to be pregnant or have a baby. Postpartum depression is only part of the story.

The goal of this podcast to put all of this info out in the open. There’s no need to hide these very human experiences…so many people deal with these struggles. So, the podcast provides real life stories of moms, dads and family AND we will talk with experts, leaders and advocates in the field of maternal mental health and maternal health. You deserve to be informed!!!!

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May 8, 2017

EPISODE 50! Jane Honikman - Mother of Maternal Mental Health

2 OMG's at once, Jane Honikman is on with us and we are at Episode 50! I'm honored to bring you this weeks episode with Jane, she is the founder of Postpartum Support International which is having it's 30 year anniversary AND the co-founder of Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) coming up on it's 40 year anniversary this June!

Most recently, Jane also co-founded the Postpartum Action Institute, which she runs with Shoshanna Bennett, PhD. 

In this episode:

-Jane talks with us about how Maternal Mental Health as a discipline began, how it's changed and what she hopes to see as we move forward.

-The collaboration with Dr. James Hamilton of Marce Society, in getting psychiatry, science, medicine and social supports engaged in helping moms and families.

-Silos of healthcare that have made it difficult to establish care for families.

-On caring for people, focusing on wellness - "you don't wait for someone to be ill, you automatically assume everybody needs support"

-Maternal Mental health should be more about Parental Mental Health because it is about THE WHOLE FAMILY!

More from Jane!

Books: Community Support for New Families, I’m Listening, My Diary A Postpartum Journey from Pain to Purpose, and Postpartum Action Manual.  

-Join Jane Honikman and Shoshana Bennett for an Open House Celebration of 40 years of PEP and 30 years of PSI! In Santa Barbara June 3rd and 4th, 2pm-5pm. get more information at or call 805-967-9757.

On June 3rd at 7pm, PEP is also hosting a Playing Monopoly With God - One woman's story through Postpartum Psychosis. Tickets at

Postpartum Education for Parents PEP -  

Postpartum Support International PSI -

Postpartum Action Institute PAI -

Marce Society


Bio Jane Honikman, M.S.

Santa Barbara, California


Jane Honikman was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1970 and began her career in maternal mental health in 1977 when she co-founded Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP). In 1981 Jane received a grant from the American Association of University Women to study the Growth and Dynamics of Postpartum Support Groups. She became the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Birth Resource Center in 1984. In 1987 she founded Postpartum Support International (PSI) after organizing a conference on Women’s Mental Health Following Childbirth. She was elected PSI’s first President in 1989 and operated the organization from her home until 2004.  Jane has authored many articles and educational materials on postpartum issues and how to start community support networks. Her books are: Community Support for New Families, I’m Listening, My Diary A Postpartum Journey from Pain to Purpose, and Postpartum Action Manual.  In 2012 I’m Listening was adapted by the humanitarian organization CARE as a Facilitator’s Training Guide for use in Bangladesh. It has also been translated into Chinese and Hebrew. Her expertise is based upon her struggles as a new mother. Her most recent endeavor is the Postpartum Action Institute. She continues to lecture and train internationally on the role of social support and the emotional health of families.  Jane’s own family includes her supportive husband of 50 years, 3 adult children, their spouses, and 8 grandchildren (and a cat).  She enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle in Santa Barbara, California.