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ACOG Recognizes the Fourth Trimester

In May of 2018, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) expanded the definition of postpartum care of mom and baby and embraced the inclusive cone of the “fourth trimester.” embraced   For decades, American mom-baby advocacy groups have used the fourth trimester as a way to conceptualize newborn care in the first three months.  And now ACOG validates and identifies this conceptualization of the fourth trimester as a sensitive period of development for both mom and baby.

Since the 1950’s, the mom-baby advocacy groups, such as La Leche League, conceptualized newborn parenting in the fourth trimester as informed by the human evolutionary scale. They normalize baby’s crying by framing it as a signal to be picked up and comforted by his or her caregivers. La Leche League says that it’s normal to provide comfort for a newborn baby by way of nursing, carrying and co-sleeping. All these behaviors imitate the womb environment of warmth, movement and lots of touch. La Leche League normalizes that a baby’s crying is his or her way of communicating with and connecting with their loved ones, and is not a form of manipulation. La Leche League says “It’s normal to ‘Pick the baby up!’ ” Using the construct of the fourth trimester, La Leche League is a positive community intervention for education about and parenting the newborn.

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Postpartum Depression, Shame and Stigma

Postpartum Depression, Shame and Stigma

Clara just had a baby. But she was not feeling very…well, happy. Yes, she felt overpowering love for her new baby. But she also felt irritable, depressed, nauseous and she was crying alot.  Even worse, she started having nightmares. Scary nightmares that she dared not talk to anyone else about. They were, well, just plain disturbing. They centered around things that she imagined could just happen to her baby that were outside of her control.  She was trying to hide behind a veil of smiles and perky laughter.

Clara felt very scared  and very, very, ashamed of herself. She wondered why she wasn’t happy. She didn’t want to admit she was  depressed. After all, she couldn’t possibly have a mental illness! Weren’t people who are depressed kind of crazy and lazy? What couldn’t she talk herself out of this?

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Hire a postpartum doula to help in the fourth trimester

Hire a postpartum doula to help in the fourth trimester 

 

What is a postpartum doula?  A postpartum doula is a woman hired to “mother the mother” after childbirth. Sometimes postpartum doulas say they are “grandmothers for hire!”  Usually a postpartum doula is an experienced mother herself, so she knows what type of help is needed during the babymoon. The postpartum doula fills multiple roles in emotional support, babycare, and helps with light household chores. But, a postpartum doula doesn’t provide medical advice or assistance.  

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Hel-looo Birth World – the Sky is Blue: Part One of an interview with Walker Karraa MFA, MA CD(DONA)

How Long Must We Ask for Compassionate Care?

Why aren’t our childbirth websites and our perinatal mental health websites linked? 

Part One of an interview with Walker Karraa MFA, MA CD(DONA)

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Happy May, Healthy May: Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

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May is National Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Greetings and welcome to being a mom?

Welcome to my blog, Musings about Moms,Marriage, and Mental Health! As a result of my own life experiences,I hope to reach out to people transitioning to parenthood feel that there are many safe and valid ways to parent. Becoming a mother was at ime of great maturation for me; a time of extreme emotionality,postpartum depression, loneliness and joy mixed together. With great pain came fertile ground for long-term personal growth, and this can be the case for others as well.

It is the best kept secret ever, and it is right in front of my nose! I was thirty-six years old when Will was born, and I had never even changed a diaper! I did not know that having a baby would cause a seismic shift in my core self-identity and feelings of self-worth.I did not truly understand what type of pressure it would put on my husband as he turned into the sole breadwinner. I didn’t fully grasphow vulnerable a woman becomes after having a baby. From personal experience, I finally understood the true personal price (and joys)of motherhood, how small the safety net is in America, and how devalued are both mothering and parenting.

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