Perinatal Support Washington has been operating in WA state since 1987, and is one of the oldest Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder support chapters in the nation. Our support groups have been serving women since 1988, and we have been operating a toll-free telephone support line (“warm line”) since 1991. We provide support to WA families state-wide, and are active with other community leaders, organizations, and law-makers to facilitate support for families affected by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. We do all of this with the help of our dedicated staff, board members and dozens of volunteers. Read more about us below!
Mia Edidin, LICSW, Director
Mia is Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Seattle and has worked with families for more than 15 years. Mia works primarily with women and young children, specializing in pregnancy and postpartum emotional adjustment, attachment, and relationship difficulties.
Before getting her MSW in 2006, Mia worked as a doula and apprenticed with a midwife, where she learned about many aspects of maternal and child health. Mia’s professional and personal experiences have led to a fascination and deep commitment to exploring our experiences as mothers–both working individually with mothers processing their unique stories, and sharing the experiences that bind all mothers together. Mia has extensive experience working in community mental health and serving low income families. Mia currently work in private practice. Mia was a long term board member and now is our current Program Director. She lives in Seattle, WA with her techie partner and 17 year old daughter.
Amy Boelter, MSW- Program Coordinator
Amy is a Social Worker and Certified Birth Doula who has been supporting families in many different ways for her entire professional life. As a Social Worker she’s worked with diverse populations such as, survivors of domestic violence, low-income single parents, new parents, and chronically ill. After the birth of her son in 2009, Amy took a few years off to stay at home with him. In 2010 her family moved to Seattle and welcomed a daughter. She then began to focus more on the perinatal period which motivated her to become a Certified Birth Doula and now Program Coordinator at PS-WA.
Amy knows first hand how scary and challenging perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are. Faced with breastfeeding challenges after her son was born she experienced depression and anxiety that led her to move back to her hometown to be closer to family support. Getting through that period of her life has made her a strong advocate for normalizing parenting challenges and encouraging families to seek help. She’s thrilled to be working for an organization with the mission of raising awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and providing support to those affected.
Amy lives in Seattle with her husband, 7 year old son , 5 year old daughter and Sylvie the cat.
Jenny Moss Benson, Program Coordinator
Jenny’s background is in technical and academic publishing. She edited and managed the production of books—about everything from web design to art history–for 15 years, in New Jersey, Boston, and then Seattle. She took a break from full-time work after the birth of her son, when she experienced postpartum depression and anxiety. Calling Perinatal Support Washington’s Warm Line was a part of her recovery.
Feeling a need to give back, Jenny became involved with Perinatal Support Washington as a volunteer on the Warm Line, and is now honored to work part-time with the nonprofit. She lives in Seattle with her husband and her 9-year-old son.
Leslie Butterfield, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in pregnancy and postpartum issues. At her Seattle private practice she works with moms and couples struggling with pregnancy loss, the transition to parenthood, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, and birth related trauma. Additionally, she has designed and taught the counseling skills curriculum for Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr Naturopathic University’s Department of Midwifery for the past 15 years.
In her capacity as an educator, Leslie has provided trainings and consultations to: University of Washington; Singapore KKH Hospital for Women; AWHONN(Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses); PALS (Pacific Association of Labor Support); API (Attachment Parenting International), NAPS (Northwest Association for Postpartum Support), Catholic Charities, Planned Parenthood, and others. Recently she has represented PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) as Vice President, and PSI (Postpartum Support International) WA State Chair, at national and international conferences
Leslie is currently adjusting to the fact that her sweet baby boys are now maturing teenagers and driving!! She loves to belly dance, cook with her sons, do scrapbooking, and travel round the world – having recently completed visits to SE Asia and Paris! She also travels regularly to Virginia to visit her parents and try to convince them to move to Seattle.
Please visit lesliebutterfield.com for further information.
Aly Frei, MN, RN, SANE, is a nurse-educator, curriculum developer, and the Director of Becoming Parents Program, Inc., an organization focused on equipping expectant couples with the evidence-based information, skills, and support they need to transition to parenthood with confidence and success.
She earned both her BS and Master’s degrees in Nursing from the University of Washington with expertise in forensic nursing and intimate partner violence in special populations. She served as the Project Director for the Seattle site of a $75 million national demonstration project evaluating the impact of parent-focused interventions for low-income couples on relationship and child outcomes, as well as a curriculum technical assistance provider for the federal Building Strong Families Project. In addition to her role as a board member for PSI-WA, Aly serves on the Steering Committee for Washington’s Strengthening Families Collective for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and is a member of the board of trustees for the Valley School in Seattle. Aly and her partner have two children in Seattle and can be found outside, whenever possible, regardless of the weather.
Erin Galvin, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker with an extensive background working in the fields of maternal mental health and violence against women and children. In 2014 she completed an assignment with the University of Washington as a therapist on a five year NIMH-funded intervention study using evidence-based psychotherapy in the treatment of perinatal and post-partum depression.
Erin has over 20 years of experience working as a therapist, clinical supervisor, emergency room social worker, domestic violence trainer and manager. Her background includes consulting, training, private practice, and providing clinical supervision to social workers in a range of clinical and shelter settings. In 2010 she left Public Health – Seattle & King County, after many years of service as a lead social work administrator where she provided clinical support and training to Maternity Support Service providers. Today, much of her work involves human resource management and consultation. Erin joined the board of PS of Washington in 2014. She received her Master of Social Work from Portland State University in 1996.
Julie Dragin has been a warm line volunteer for Perinatal Support Washington for over 10 years. She became involved with PS-WA after calling the warm line herself seeking help with postpartum issues. She currently serves as the Warm Line Coordinator. It is very gratifying to her to help new moms and their families find the support and resources they need to be well.
Julie loves a lot of things but, especially – spending time with her husband and two sons, hiking, rooting for the Seahawks and Mariners, eating donuts and drinking coffee, and watching zombie shows.
As a non-profit Perinatal Support Washington would not be able to do all it does without the support of our wonderful volunteers. They staff the warm line, facilitate support groups, run the board of directors and so much more! We are always looking for more volunteers with varied experiences from business and legal expertise to clinical and personal experience. If you are interested in volunteering for PS-WA please fill out our Volunteer Inquiry Form or give us a call at 1-888-404-7763.
PS-WA is also looking for board members! If you are interested in volunteering on the PS-WA Board of Directors check out more information on our Board Page.