Jane Honikman

Postpartum Support | Parental Mental Health

Jane Honikman, M.S., began her career in parental mental health in 1977 when she co-founded Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP). Her expertise is based upon her struggles as a new mother that are described in her book, My Diary A Postpartum Journey from Pain to Purpose. In 1981 Jane received a grant from the American Association of University Women to study the Growth and Dynamics of Postpartum Support Groups. In 1987 she founded Postpartum Support International (PSI) after organizing the first conference on Women’s Mental Health Following Childbirth. She was elected as PSI’s first President in 1989 and operated the organization from her home until 2004.


Jane has become a world leader for the social support movement to promote the emotional health of new parents. She has authored the following publications:  Community Support for New Families, Postpartum Action Manual and I’m Listening. All three publications are pragmatic guides to offer support to developing families.She is a co-founder of the Postpartum Action Institute and continues to lecture and train internationally on the role of social support and the emotional health of new families.


 Jane’s own family includes her supportive husband of 50 + years, 3 adult children, their spouses, and 8 grandchildren (and a cat).  She enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle in Santa Barbara, California.

Jane's Media Appearances Include

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Jane's Speaking Topics

> Conversations that Count: Factoring in the Fathers

> Conversations that Count: Supporting New Families

> Postpartum Action: Providing Comfort, Encouragement, and Guidance to New Families, From Knowledge to Action

> The Importance of Community Support for New Families

> The Role of Social Support and Self Help in Parental Mental Health

> I’m Listening: How to Respond to the Needs of New Families

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