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The Twenty Third Annual Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture

October 10, 2015 • Eliot Center • 1011 SW 12th Ave • Downtown Portland, Oregon

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This year's Martha Bryant Browning Memorial Lecture is a day-long exploration of the advanced skill set necessary for midwives to accurately recognize and effectively treat psychiatric distress with confidence. It is also an opportunity to learn about The Baby Blues Connection, the peer support, or "village," for the postpartum women we see with psychiatric distress in our Portland/Vancouver-area offices. Executive Director Angie Fitzpatrick will outline the BBC mission and review the organization's aggressive goals for the current fiscal year. We are also encouraging donations to Baby Blues Connection.

Sponsored by The Oregon American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Foundation. This program is supported by an educational grant from Providence Regional Women and Children’s Program


7:30 - Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Introductions
8:00 - Opening Remarks and Session I: Hormones, Mood, & Pregnancy – An Overview
9:00 - The Baby Blues Connection: Our Homegrown Resource
9:15 - Break
9:30 - Session II: Assessment & Diagnosis of Common Psychiatric Symptoms in Women
10:45 - Session III: Recognition of Bipolar & Psychotic Disorders in Reproductive-Age Women
11:30 - Lunch
12:30 - Session IV: Maternal Psychiatric Treatment: Informed Consent, Ethics, & Pharmacology
1:15 - Session V: Effective Strategies for Treating Depression and Anxiety in Women
2:45 - Break
3:00 - Session VI: Antidepressant Safety for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women
4:15 - Session VII: Treatment Goals & Strategies for Reproductive-Age Women with Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders
4:45 - Closing Remarks and Questions
5:00 - Adjourn


Conference Program

Conference Handouts (password required)

Password provided in registration materials, or email


Registration: $125
Students: $50
Please consider making a donation of at least $25 to Baby Blues Connection.

Tuition includes: Continuing education certification, program syllabus, continental breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian meal option available.


Certified Nurse-Midwives: 7 contact hours applied for through ACNM
Nurses: 6 contact hours applied for through OHSU
Physicians: 7 contact hours applied for through the American Academy of Family Physicians


Adria Goodness, CNM, PMHNP

Adria Goodness is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and CNM in Portland, Oregon. Her private psychiatric practice “draws from midwifery philosophy in striving to create a health care experience that ‘respects human dignity, individuality and diversity among groups’.” Adria’s specialty focus is Reproductive Psychiatry.


  • Robi Jaspin - chair
  • Alissa McMaken-Roberts - CEU application goddess
  • Annie Christopherson - food and facilities
  • Holly Boehm - registrar
  • Tony Roberts, Reb Huggins, Helene Rippey and Kate Pelosi


Martha was a treasured member of the Portland midwifery community who was tragically murdered on her way home from a birth in 1992. The Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture has been held annually to honor her memory and remember her spirit.

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