Posts Tagged ‘women’s issues’
Stigma and Fear Around Perinatal Mental IllnessThe mentally ill are dealing with public and self-shame. Research consistently shows that we stereotype people with mental illness as someone low-functioning, someone who can’t hold a job (Corrigan et al, 2010). Feelings of uneasiness and fear, rather than feelings of compassion bubble up (Corrigan et al, 2010). Think about your own reactions to the words “mental illness.”
Be aware that a mother who is feeling depressed, anxious or fearful is probably experiencing deep self-shame. She probably feels more shame than is expected and associated with a physical illness. She probably has her own erroneous beliefs about the nature of mental illness.
For the American Psychological Association’s Blog Party for Mental Health Month, I decided to write about being bullied as an adult. Here’s my experience in a nice middle class neighborhood in northern New Jersey.
Eleven years ago, we stretched our budget and moved to our nice neighborhood with a good school system.
Jill Gerken Wodnick has written a Guest Post about the Hudson Perinatal Community Doula Project for Science and Sensibility today.
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.
Join us on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) of Greater Essex County (NJ) meeting, hosted by Lakeisha Dennis, at 6:30 PM in New Jersey. The meeting will be held at Seton Hall University in New Jersey in the Arts & Sciences Building, near the School of Nursing.
I will be discussing perinatal mental health, risk factors, birth trauma, differential diagnosis and the ways birth professionals can support their clients/patients.
Share Your Story – Postpartum Psychosis
Janet’s Experience – Postpartum Psychosis & Recovery
Share Your Story – New series from BirthTouch!
Ann Kirchner, CD(DONA) has graciously agreed to share her personal story of her birth, birth trauma, post-traumatic stress symptoms, and her struggle to just get recognition and diagnosis and treatment for severe postpartum depression.