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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

Strengthen our mothers!

Strengthen our mothers!

What’s the best method of infant feeding?

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Easing fear of childbirth is good for moms and babies

Emotional wellness during pregnancy can feed postpartum emotional wellness (Istock/piskunov)

Emotional wellness during pregnancy can feed postpartum emotional wellness (Istock/piskunov)

A recent study about finding a link between postpartum depression and fear of childbirth has been getting a lot of press. The press I read  reported the study showed a prevalence of .03% of postpartum depression. I felt like the public was being fed bits and pieces of the study, so I read the whole article and wanted to bring out a few key facts.

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Five Ways to Bolster Your Marriage After Miscarriage

Istock/Bosca. Do you feel disconnected from your partner?

Istock/Bosca. Do you feel disconnected from your partner?

Losing a baby through miscarriage or stillbirth leads causes an increase in suffering, including disbelief, grief, shock, denial, anger, sadness and anxiety. These strong and primal emotions can take a toll on your marriage relationship. Recent research published by Dr. Katherine Gold and her colleagues in the journal, Pediatrics, indicates that couples who experience miscarriage or stillbirth have a greater chance of divorce than couples who experience the live birth of a child.

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Media, Motherhood and Mental Health: 2013 World Mental Health Day

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Istock/PelageyaKlubnikina

It’s October 10, 2013 and I’m again honored to be participating in PsychCentral’s World Mental Health Blog Day.

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Postpartum Depression Bloggers Share Love & Hope

Women's Social Circles Bursting with Support Istock/Ridofranz

Women’s Social Circles Bursting with Support
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Because these women and their stories are so extraordinary, for me personally, this is the most meaningful article I ever researched and wrote up.

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Postpartum Thyroiditis, Pre-eclampsia, Scary Thoughts: An Interview with Jennifer, founder of Organic Baby Unviversity

In 2012, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer, the founder of Organic Baby University. As a mental health professional specializing in Maternal Mental Health, Jennifer’s story has both personal and professional interest for me. During her first pregnancy, Jennifer experienced a health crisis which resulted in great personal growth and maturation. Jennifer created Organic Baby University from the need to take care of her health and also a deep desire to strengthen other women by sharing her research. Jennifer also knows the pain of miscarriage and the joy of a second pregnancy.

So, pull up a chair and sit with us as Jennifer and I talk about her experiences with a chronic condition, how she coped emotionally during pregnancy & birth and how the transition to motherhood changed her forever.

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August Blog Break – Planting Daffodils

This is a love letter to all of you hard-working women who fill so many various roles in your family and work life! I feel so connected to so many of you even if we haven’t met in person….

I’m posting a heart-felt “good-bye for now” love note from the BirthTouch® blog for the month of August. I’m taking some time and space to “plant daffodils” with my family to have many more years of sunshine blooms for the soul.  

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