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August Newsletter

Building and tending to a family presents a variety of challenges, and it is important to prioritize self-care so that you can be at your best. The articles below describe some challenging realities of pregnancy, from conception to perinatal anxiety. Seleni strives to support families by facilitating these difficult conversations. 

World Breastfeeding Week was August 1-7 and we were thrilled to celebrate all mothers and families - whether they choose to breastfeed or not. Remember to keep up with Seleni events and announcements through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

- The Seleni Team

Welcoming Dr. Ingrid Nkongho, PsyD
We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Nko
ngho to the Seleni clinical team! She is a psychologist with extensive experience in many different clinical settings, and she uses theory-informed psychoanalysis, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy in her patient sessions. Read an interview with her here and learn more about the clinical team here.
Announcing Seleni MMHI Scholarships
Seleni has been awarded a grant from a philanthropic donor which will provide 40 full scholarships for our Maternal Mental Health Intensive online training. The scholarships are valued at $20,000 and will support mental health professionals and students serving underserved populations. See more here
Keep in touch with Seleni
Monthly Gatherings for Professionals
We host an intimate monthly gathering to familiarize local professionals with our new space and clinical offerings. This is a great opportunity to network and discuss ways we can better support our patients together, all over coffee and pastries. If you are interested in joining us next time, send us an email at
Maternal Mental Health Intensive (MMHI) - October 18-19, 2019
Our MMHI is a 2-day CE-accredited program hosted in NYC that trains professionals to effectively screen, diagnose, and treat women and families experiencing mental health challenges, grief, loss, and more during the family-building years. Learn more and join our fall, in-person cohort here!
News & Insights
Why Pregnancy Can Make Your Anxiety So Much Worse
Dr. Catherine Monk, Seleni Board Member, explains potential causes of prenatal anxiety and provides anxiety management tips for the perinatal period.
March of Dimes Podcast: Pregnancy and Parenting Realities
Hosted by Tatyana Ali, the Unspoken Stories podcast shares true, often painfully honest stories of pregnancy and childbirth.
Pregnancy-Specific Anxiety May Impact How Long a Woman Exclusively Breastfeeds Her Child
A new study shows that women are more likely to feed their infant formula during the first six weeks postpartum if they experience more pregnancy-specific anxiety.
IVF Mix-Ups Have Broken the Definition of Parenthood
When a New York woman gave birth to twins conceived through IVF, neither
baby was related to her, or to each other.
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) affect at least 1 in 5 mothers, and they affect almost half of all mothers from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. Seleni's Maternal Mental Health Intensive program trains professionals to effectively screen, diagnose and treat women suffering from PMADs and grief from perinatal loss. Help provide tools to improve maternal mental health in communities in need.
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