Posts Tagged ‘baby’

Medications, pregnancy and breastfeeding

 

Did you know that 99% of women who stop breastfeeding due to medications can actually continue?

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As a new mother 22 (short?) years ago, I suffered postpartum depression. I was breastfeeding and refused to take any medications for it. I think I would’ve come out of the depression sooner if I had opted for medication. But, I was afraid. There weren’t many studies back then. Now there are a lot of studies on this topic and there’s a lot of information available about medications and pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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Myths About Infant Bonding and Attachment

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Being a new parent was one of the most confusing times in my life. Everything changes: the way that you feel about yourself, the way your marriage functions, and the way that you care for your child(ren) can turn your world upside down. To make it worse, everyone (loads of parenting experts, doctors, friends, relatives, etc.) believe that their advice will make your parenting experience easier.

Almost all of this parenting advice is well-intended, but more often than not you’ll hear confusing and contradictory claims about parenting that can make your job even more difficult than nature made it to begin with!

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Talking to your child about infant loss

Infant Loss is a Family Event

The death of a baby is a deep loss. Parents who have lost a baby to miscarriage or stillbirth are struggling to cope with their grief. And often these parents have young children who were looking forward to having a little brother or little sister. Even in their time of pain, parents need to find ways to answer their surviving children’s questions about death and help them cope with their emotions.

Parents Set the Emotional Tone

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What Causes Pregnancy Loss?

Overview of Pregnancy Loss 

You have recently experienced a pregnancy loss. You have many questions along with crushing sadness. Perhaps you miscarried, or perhaps your baby was stillborn. Whichever it may be, you lost your baby prior to birth. You are wondering if there was something you could have done to prevent it. You want to know more about what causes this to happen.

It is difficult to discuss a single cause of miscarriage, pregnancy loss or stillbirth in a simple way. There are many different causes for pregnancy loss and the causes are related to the stage of pregnancy in which the loss occurs.

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Reasons Behind Giving A Child Up For Adoption

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Photo:Royalty-free/Ivette Ferrero

Here’s a guest post from Helen Philips, who counsels birth mothers about the issues involved in giving a baby up for adoption. As she says, it;s easy to be judgmental, but we can’t know what it’s like to need to make such a profound decision, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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Babies’ learning begins in the womb

 

 

Science confirms what moms already know! Your baby's brain is learning in utero! (Istock:ontspan)

Science confirms what moms already know! Your baby’s brain is learning in utero! (Istock:ontspan)

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Helsinki found that the prenatal brain has the neuro-developmental capacity to learn (retain) words.  

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#PSIBlog Hop Guest Post: Cure for Cluelessness

Guest Post! PSI’s Valerie Rudiak!

Today I have the honor of hosting a story that looks at postpartum depression from a different angle; the angle of a friend looking in. Read Valerie Rudiak’s story about her relationships around the time of her wedding and what the cure for cluelessness is! Please join me in welcoming Valerie’s contribution to the Postpartum Support International’s 2013 Blog Hop! Speak Up When You’re Down!

The Clinically Proven Treatment for Cluelessness

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Snooki – Our Jersey Girl as a Public Health Role Model?

Unless you live under a rock and don’t go out at all, you have to know that Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is a mom!

Her baby boy, Lorenzo, was born this August. Snooki has been showing him off in beautiful pics on her official Twitter and Facebook feed.

Snooki became famous as a fightin’ boozin’ bad-girl with her group of pals on the show, Jersey Shore. Millions scrutinized her as she rumbled with her frenemies living in their Jersey shore rental house, partying it up, just like the rest of us Jersey-ites did as twenty-somethings (say what???).

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Coming out of the closet about depression and postpartum depression

I’m re-posting a previous blog that I wrote for World Mental Health Day.

As I said before, as an LPC, I could write another professional blog about treatment options or family dynamics; like outline a specific self-care relaxation, expressive or cognitive re-framing exercise.

But, online, I was skirting around telling my own personal story.

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New Research – Changes in Labor Patterns Over 50 Years

New research was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Katherine Laughon, MD, and her colleagues, D. Ware Branch, M.D., Julie Beaver, M.S, and Jun Zhang, Ph.D., M.D., (2012) examined differences in childbirth labor patterns over the past fifty years, comparing data from a large study in the 1960’s with data from a large study in the 2000’s.

 Two of their major findings was that women;’s labor patterns  have lengthened by about 2.6 hours!  And that cesarian section rates have quadrupled.  The researchers state that there are differences in maternal characteristics as well. However, the research team controlled for many factors.  Their conclusion was that the longer labor times for women and the increase in cesarian section is due to changing patterns in obstetrical practice. The researchers state that more research needs to be done to reach firm conclusions.

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