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Mindbody Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

Pregnancy and birth are major adult transitions filled with joy, but the transition to parenthood can also bring up feelings of insecurity, sadness or fear as you and your partner move into this different phase of self-identity. Parenting an infant is difficult, but if one of you had a complicated early family life, parenting is like navigating rough waters, as flashbacks to unpleasant scenes from childhood intrude upon present reality.

If you’ve experienced a previous depression or anxiety or trauma or went through infertility treatments, have a baby in the NICU, or experienced childhood abuse, you have a higher risk that the physical and emotional changes of childbirth could bring on recurrent symptoms. Because of the hormonal fluctuations experienced at childbirth, 85% of all women experience the baby blues, which is a sadness after childbirth that resolves itself in about 2 weeks.

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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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Book Review: Dancing on the Edge of Sanity by Ana Clare Rouds

Dancing on the Edge of Sanity

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How Often Must We Ask for Sensitive Care?

 

It’s easy to connect with Ana Clare Rouds’ personal story of the reality of motherhood in her book, Dancing on the Edge of Sanity. She shares her personal story about her experience with postpartum depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and she eloquently brings out several issues.

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Fourth Trimester: Your Needs, Your Extended Family and Research on Doing the Month

 

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Different cultures acknowledge the postpartum period in different ways. In the United States, postpartum is viewed as a time when the new mom is expected to quickly recover and become mobile and get back to “normal” life. There’s a lot of emphasis on healthy pregnancy and birth and how to care for a newborn. However, the physical and emotional transition of the new mom and family are not part of the postpartum conversation in the US.

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Featured in Science & Sensibility: One of a Kind: An Interview with Dr. Meltzer-Brody about UNC’s Inpatient Mother Baby Psych Unit

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Psychiatrist at with the UNC Chapel Hill Mother -Baby Psychiatric Care Unit in the US

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Psychiatrist at with the UNC Chapel Hill Mother -Baby Psychiatric Care Unit in the US

I was a guest writer once again over at Science and Sensibility this week! Take a look below and then mosey on over to Science and Sensibility to read the rest!

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Featured in Science and Sensibility: Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Childbirth Educator’s Role (Part Two)

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

I was a guest writer once again over at Science and Sensibility this week! Take a look below and then mosey on over to Science and Sensibility to read the rest!

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Featured in Science and Sensiblity: Childhood sexual abuse as a risk factor for postpartum depression (Part One)

Mend a broken heartI was a guest writer over at Science and Sensibility this week! Take a look below and then mosey on over to Science and Sensibility to read the rest!

 

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Postpartum Depression: Knowing the Signs and Getting Help

Strengthen our mothers!

Strengthen our mothers!

The birth of your child is a very exciting time. From decorating the nursery to shopping for cute outfits, preparing for your little bundle of joy requires quite a bit of planning in advance. Despite this, expectant mothers often don’t take into consideration the changes that a new baby can bring to both their life and body.
While occasional feelings of anxiety, stress and depression immediately following the birth are not uncommon—these feelings are often referred to as the “baby blues” —it can become worrisome when they continue beyond the first few weeks following childbirth. If you continue to feel down, you should seek help, as you may be suffering from postpartum depression (PPD).
Postpartum depression symptoms affect many women and should not be ignored. According to the American Psychological Association, it’s estimated that 9-16% of women will experience postpartum depression. Educating yourself about the risk factors, symptoms and treatments of postpartum depression with the following facts and tips can help you avoid potential health hazards, making motherhood as joyous as it should be.
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#PSIBlog Hop Guest Post: Megan Daley: Putting Down the Mask

Guest Post Today! Megan Daley!

This year again I have the honor of hosting Megan Daley!  Megan discusses her challenges with  perinatal mood disorders twice in her lifetime. She is presently pregnant with her third child. She talks about her concerns in this pregnancy for her postpartum health and how she is proactively creating a personal postpartum plan. To help others, Megan outlines resources that helped her through her dark times. She says:

“The most important thing I ever did was finally put down the mask.”

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3 B’s of Baby Feeding: Breast, Bottle, Both

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Strengthen our mothers!

What’s the best method of infant feeding?

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