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The mission of the Maternal Health Alliance of Maine (MHAme) is to support women facing maternal mental health challenges through awareness, collaboration, education and communication. Our vision is that the Maternal Health Alliance of Maine will become the largest, most successful support network for women in Maine suffering from maternal mental health challenges. MHAme provides a safe place for women to share experiences and receive support. We offer face to face connection via out empathy support groups and online connection for women and families via our website.
Formed in 2015, the board of directors and volunteers of MHAme are local women, mothers, business professionals and providers that came together for this common cause. We firmly believe that each mother has a unique story, and when these stories are shared, powerful healing is possible.
News & Events
Thank you to all who joined us on August 12th, 2017 for our Fourth Annual Pound the Pavement 5k Run/Walk/Stroll for Postpartum Depression! The race was a great success because of all of you! Click here for race results and pictures.
Click here to listen to an interview with board President and MHAme Co-Founder, Laura Huddy, as she talks about MHAme and last year's 5k race.
Board of Directors
Laura co-founded MHAme in 2015. She experienced postpartum depression (PPD) with both of her children, and while the journey was hard and painful, she came out the other side with a passion for helping other mothers and families navigate the rough waters of postpartum mood disorders. She credits her healing not just to local Maine mental health professionals, but equally to peer and family support, and she is now a firm believer in the power of story-sharing as a tool for recovery. Laura enjoys her day job in Commercial Lending at Bangor Savings Bank and loves spending her free time with her husband and children, now 7 and 10 years old, and a golden retriever, Penelope.
Kristy is a corporate attorney at Preti Flaherty in Portland, Maine and represents a diverse group of business clients ranging from small, locally-owned businesses to national and international corporate clients of all sizes. As a working mom of three young children, Kristy has developed a particular interest in supporting mothers who are feeling pressure to “do it all”. Being asked to join the board of MHAme in 2015 presented an excellent opportunity to blend her professional experience as an attorney with her desire to be part of a village designed to support mothers in the community who are struggling.
Brittny Daly practiced as a physician assistant for 7 years in family medicine and urgent care. She decided to leave her job a few years ago to spend more time with her husband and two young sons, who are now five and three years old. She has a long standing interest in women's mental health and worked as a research coordinator at the Center for Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital as her first job after graduating from Bates College. She has seen first hand the lack of adequate mental health resources for mothers who are struggling with mental illness and is excited to be a part of MHAme to help increase awareness and support for women with perinatal mood disorders in Maine.
Suzette is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her Masters degree in nursing at the University of Southern Maine. Suzette works at Kennebec Behavioral Health in Winthrop providing mental health care to women across the lifespan. She specializes in perinatal mental health. Suzette and her husband Peter are parents of two teenage daughters. Supporting women during the childbearing years and creating community resources for postpartum women is something Suzette is very passionate about.
Ellen is a childbirth educator, doula and lactation counselor. Ellen joined the Board of the Maternal Health Alliance of Maine in 2016. She teaches childbirth classes and facilitates a support group for new mothers at Maine Medical Center and is the owner of Full Circle Doula Services. Ellen was a co-founder of the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance of Southern Maine and a past board member of Birth Roots in Portland. Ellen has been passionate about and committed to supporting moms, babies and new families through education, support and guidance for 20 years. Ellen has two grown daughters and three delightful grandsons.
Sarah Swensen, LCSW
VOLUNTEER Maternal Health Alliance of Maine was started by mothers, women in business and those who have suffered with postpartum depression. We are always looking for volunteers to work with our board and support our events. Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you are interested in getting involved with a specific events, fundraising, administrative tasks or joining an empathy circle to share your story.
DONATE We provide women support through this website and connection at facilitated, monthly empathy circles. All services and support are made possible through donations and countless hours of donated by healthcare and local professionals. Any donation is appreciated and is used for women in Maine! Thank you.
SUPPORT OUR EVENTS Please join us for our 4th annual run/walk/stroll fundraiser on August 12, 2017! See "News and Events" below for a link to sign up.
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