Save the Date!
NOVEMBER 6 - 7, 2020


Join Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies at the Montana Perinatal Mental Health Conference in Butte, MT.
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the most common medical complication related to childbearing and the leading source of toxic stress in children. The illness is detectable, treatable, and even sometimes preventable. If left untreated, symptoms may persist for months or even years. Yet, screening is not universal and our state does not have enough specialized help. We invite you to be part of the solution to this problem and hope to see you there!




8:00 – 9:00 AM | REGISTRATION
9:15 – 11:00 AM | Ballroom

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, What all Caregivers Should Know
Speakers: Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC and Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, PMH-C

11:00 – 11:15 AM | MORNING BREAK
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM | Ballroom

Integrative Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Options for the Postpartum Period
Speaker: Christine White Deeble, ND

12:45 – 1:45 PM | LUNCH
1:45 – 3:45 PM | Copper 1

Professional Mental Health Track
Taking the Work Deeper, Case Studies in Perinatal Mental Health: Common Disorders
Speakers: Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC and Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, PMH-C

1:45 – 3:45 PM | Copper 2

Prescriber Track
Diagnosis and Treatment of Perinatal Mental Illness
Speaker: Miriam Schultz, MD

1:45 – 3:45 PM | Copper 3

Community-Based Supports Track
The Path from Screening to Resource in the Perinatal Period
Speaker: Stephanie Morton, MSW

3:45 – 4:00 PM | AFTERNOON BREAK
4:00 – 5:00 PM | Ballroom

Maternal Mental Health Matters in Montana and Networking by Region
Speaker: Brie Oliver

7:00 – 9:00 PM | Ballroom

Performance of “Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories” by Melissa Bangs


8:00 – 8:30 AM | REGISTRATION
8:45 – 10:30 AM | Ballroom

The Ripple Effect: From System, to Caregiver, to Mother, to Child
Speakers: Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC and Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, PMH-C

10:30 – 10:45 AM | MORNING BREAK
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM | Ballroom

Breast is Best or Fed is Best?
Speakers: Miriam Schultz, MD and Melissa M. Zimmerman, FNP, IBCLC

12:15 – 1:15 PM | LUNCH
1:15 – 3:15 PM | Copper 1

Professional Mental Health Track
Taking the Work Deeper, Case Studies in Perinatal Mental Health: High Risk Disorders
Speakers: Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC and Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, PMH-C

1:15 – 3:15 PM | Copper 2

Prescriber Track
Update on Trauma Research and Substance Use Disorders: Implications and Treatment
Speaker: Miriam Schultz, MD

1:15 – 3:15 PM | Copper 3

Community-Based Supports Track
Story as Medicine: Survivor Perspectives on Story and Healing
Speakers: Melissa Bangs with Kelsey Kyle, April Charlo, and Molly May

3:15 – 3:30 PM | AFTERNOON BREAK
3:30 – 4:15 PM | Ballroom

Networking by Region

4:15 – 4:30 PM | Ballrom

Closing Remarks



Join us for a FREE showing of “Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories” by Melissa Bangs on Thursday, November 7 in the Copper King Hotel & Convention Center Ballroom from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. This showing is open to the public and pre-reservation is required. If you are coming to the full conference, a ticket is included in your registration. Learn more about Melissa Bangs and “Playing Monopoly with God” here.

NOVEMBER 7 – 8, 2019


$125 – $225


Melissa Bangs

Melissa Bangs grew up on a small farm in Missoula, mostly bare foot and surrounded by farm animals. Melissa is no spring chicken. Over three decades, she has worked as a translator, a union organizer in sweatshops, the development director of an international human rights and women’s empowerment organization and an organizational consultant. Over the past five years, Melissa has worked as a maternal mental health consultant in partnership with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and as a storyteller/director/producer/facilitator, focused on healing perinatal trauma and loss through our true, hilarious and heart-wrenching stories. Melissa’s mantra is: If my story does nothing else, may it unleash yours.

Diana Lynn Barnes


Diana Lynn Barnes is a psychotherapist who has been specializing in women’s reproductive mental health for over 20 years. Frequently interviewed by the media, she is widely published on all facets of women’s mental health around the child-bearing years. She is a past president of Postpartum Support International and currently sits on their President’s Advisory council. In 2015 she was appointed as the mental health consultant to the California Commission on the Status of Maternal Mental Health and in 2016 to the California Maternal Mortality Review Panel.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Barnes is an expert on maternal mental health and the criminal justice system and is frequently retained by defense counsel as an expert witness on cases of postpartum psychosis and infanticide, pregnancy denial and neonaticide.

In 2009, Dr. Barnes received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eli Lilly Foundation for her extraordinary contributions to the field of maternal mental health and child-bearing-related mood disorders. She maintains a private practice in Sherman Oaks, California.

Christine White Deeble


Dr. White has practiced in Montana since 2002, when she returned home upon completion of her education and residency in family medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She has owned and operated the Black Bear Naturopathic Clinic as a small practice until recently convening a new team of naturopathic doctors, health industry experts, and business leaders to found Natura Health and Wellness.

She has worked for several years to develop both a collaborative clinical practice and a successful and sustainable business model for naturopathic doctors and is thrilled to a part of Natura Health and Wellness with an amazing group of providers and staff. When not at the office, she enjoys traveling with her husband, getting her hands dirty in the garden, cooking with new recipes and interesting spices, hunting in the wide open sage lands of Montana, spending time with family, and reading (she usually has three or four books going at any one time).

Gabrielle Kaufman


Gabrielle Kaufman is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor with over 20 years experience in the helping profession. Currently, she is the director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force. Prior to this, she directed the New Moms Connect Program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, where she provided services to new parents, particularly those experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression. Ms. Kaufman has worked extensively with new families and aided in providing solutions to many parenting concerns. She has run several programs for high-risk children and teens, taught classes to parents of newborns and toddlers, and she currently facilitates support groups for single parents and women with postpartum depression. Ms. Kaufman has published articles on parenting, and served as editor for Bringing Light To Motherhood. She is the Los Angeles coordinator for Postpartum Support International and has a private counseling practice in Los Angeles.

Stephanie Morton


Stephanie Morton was born and raised in St. Ignatius, Montana and attended college at the University of Oregon, where she earned a degree in Anthropology. After working in accounting at the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History, she moved to Seattle and worked in several non-profits supporting children and families. In 2014, she returned to Montana to work in her family’s small businesses and completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Montana. She is putting her skills and passion to work as the Program Manager at Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and most enjoys meeting and learning from folks across the state. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys being outdoors with her numerous animals, listening to political podcasts, and spending time with her family and friends.

Brie Oliver

Brie Oliver is the Executive Director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, The Montana Coalition, Inc. (HMHB), a statewide non-profit with a focus on improving the health, well-being and safety of children aged 0-3, including pregnancy. She brings deep experience working with pregnant women, young children and their families, and the systems that support them to the work of HMHB. She has received numerous commendations for her dedication to improving maternal and child health in Montana. Brie worked for more than a decade in the field as a public health home visiting nurse and lactation consultant, who most recently managed the maternal and child health program at Lewis and Clark Public Health, before she came to work at HMHB. Brie was born and raised in Helena, Montana, graduated with honors from the College of Nursing at Montana State University, and is a proud mom of three.

Miriam Schultz


Dr. Schultz is a reproductive psychiatrist practicing in Berkeley, California. After experiencing struggles getting her own health care needs met as a young adult, she decided she wanted to be the doctor she never had. She did her medical training at Stanford University where she waffled between obstetrics and psychiatry, eventually choosing psychiatry with a focus on women’s mental health. After psychiatric residency at NYU and Bellevue hospitals, she was attending faculty at the Manhattan VA hospital. For the last 10 years she has had a private practice in psychiatry, with a focus on women in their reproductive years. She was a faculty psychiatrist for Maternal Mental Health Now, an advocacy and training organization in Los Angeles county. She helped develop and currently staffs a Perinatal Psychiatry provider-to-provider Phone Consultation service for Dignity Health, a hospital network across California, Arizona and Nevada; the mission is to help front-line providers in under-served areas integrate perinatal mental health care into their practices. She is also a member of “Lifeline4Moms”, a national network of organizations trying to expand access to perinatal mental healthcare.

Melissa M. Zimmerman


Melissa Zimmerman, FNP-C is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Kaplan University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State University. She is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, she worked as an R.N. in the St. Peter’s Women and Children’s Unit for six years and on the Surgical, Pediatric, Oncology floor for two years before that. She also worked at Shodair Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Melissa is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Certified Pediatric Nurse. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society in Nursing and the Golden Key, International Honor Society.


$275 – Exhibitor Full Conference Option
$150 – Exhibitor No Conference Option


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NOVEMBER 7 – 8, 2019


$125 – $225