Jane Honikman Releases Book on Postpartum Support

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Jane Honikman's new edition of I'm Listening: A Guide to Supporting Postpartum Families goes on sale today.The book teaches concerned, caring individuals how to help people struggling with pregnancy and/or postpartum depression (PPD).

Jane, a pioneer in postpartum peer-to-peer support, wrote I'm Listening after her experiences founding Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) in 1977 and Postpartum Support International (PSI) in 1987. With friends she helped launch the first postpartum support "warmline" in the world. Jane took the first call July 1, 1977, and trained parent volunteers have been answering calls 24 hours a day ever since.

"My experiences as a young woman inspired me to turn my pain into purpose and offer support," explains Jane. "No one was there for me when I went through this, and I want others to have a better experience."

This updated edition is a companion guide to Community Support for New Families, published in 2013.Community Support covers how to build a support network and I'm Listening expands on how a group or any individual can help others through compassionate listening and supportive words.

I'm Listening was adapted by the humanitarian organization CARE as a Facilitator's Training Guide for use in Bangladesh and has been translated into Chinese and Hebrew.

The new book can be purchased directly through Amazon or via JaneHonikman.com in both print and Kindle editions. Review copies are available on request.

About the Author:

Jane Honikman, M.S., 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 and that same year attended her first Marce Society conference.

In 1987 she founded Postpartum Support International (PSI) as a result of organizing the first conference on Women's Mental Health Following Childbirth held in Santa Barbara. She was elected as PSI's first President in 1989 and as Founding Director 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 based on her books My Diary (2000), Step by Step (2000), I'm Listening (2002) and Community Support for New Families (2013). Her expertise is based upon her struggles as a new mother. 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 47 years, 3 adult children, their spouses, and 8 grandchildren (and a cat). She enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle in Santa Barbara.

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