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Pec Indman – Postpartum Support Int 2013 Conference

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Spotlight: Pec Indman, EdD,MFT

Bio: Dr. Pec Indman is a internationally recognized expert in the field of mental peclookrighthealth related to pregnancy and postpartum. In 2002, she was one of the first professionals, along with Dr. Shoshona Bennett, to author a book about postpartum depression. In her private psychotherapy practice, she works with clients experiencing fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, depression and anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. Dr. Indman is the Chairperson of the Education and Training Committee of Postpartum Support International and speaks all over the world. As an invited participant, she contributes to several federally funded programs on the topic of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders.

Interview: It is my honor to introduce to you to one of the wise women of the perinatal mental health world, Pec Indman.

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Stigma Around Mental Illness Causes People to Not Get the Treatment They Need

Stigma and Fear Around Perinatal Mental Illness

With help, you can get better! Istock/Elana Vizerskaya

With help, you can get better! Istock/Elana Vizerskaya

The 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.

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2009 - Skiing at Windham

2009 – Skiing at Windham

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Part One: EMDR to treat Birth Trauma or PTSD (Onset Childbirth)

 This originally appeared in Science and Sensibility

Part One: Research review: Evaluating EMDR as a Treatment Modality for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (Onset Childbirth)

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Bullied as an Adult: Making Sense of Mean-ness ?

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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.

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Grant Funded Community Doula Program

Jill Gerken Wodnick has written a Guest Post about the Hudson Perinatal Community Doula Project  for Science and Sensibility today.

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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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Guest Community Manager(April) for Lamaze

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Perinatal Mental Health Join Us at the ICAN Meeting

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.

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Share Your Story: Janet ‘The Laundress’ Postpartum Psychosis Story

Share Your Story – Postpartum Psychosis

Janet’s Experience – Postpartum Psychosis & Recovery

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