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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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5 Mindbody Ways to take care of mental health during pregnancy

5 MindBody Ways to Care for Mental Health During Pregnancy

Be mindful of your mental health during pregnancy.  For many women, pregnancy is the most joyous times of their lives, but for some women it can be a time of increased anxiety and depression. If you have certain risk factors, such as a personal or family history of trauma, depression, anxiety or bipolar disease, you have an increased chance of  becoming depressed, anxious or having a manic episode in your perinatal time.

Stress during and after pregnancy increases the likelihood of depression or anxiety.  Mindfully taking care of yourself is just as important as your doctor visits and decorating the nursery!

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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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Featured in Gossipist Mag Podcast! Birth hypnosis works!

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Gossipist Magazine did an interview of independent thinker, Rae, about her decision to pursue  a home birth for her second childbirth experience. Her first was in a hospital. For both births, she used birth hypnosis techniques. I was her birth hypnosis therapist for those births.  Read on….

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Mindbody Research: Lavender Aromatherapy Provides Comfort and Increases Maternal Contentment in Childbirth

Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

This year, 2014, Maasumeh Kaviani, Faculty Member at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and her team of research scholars conducted a study to see the effects of using lavender aromatherapy during childbirth on pain intensity perception, duration of labor, maternal contentment and Apgar scores. The researchers found the use of the lavender aromatherapy lowered the perception of pain, improved maternal contentment, but did not reduce the duration of labor. Safely using lavender aromatherapy in the birthing room is inexpensive, has no side effects and may be a holistic way to help women manage their births.

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A First-Time Dad’s Promise to His Unborn Son

A guest post from Lee Becker, a father waiting for his son to be born. Very sweet!

Hey Sport,

I can hardly contain my excitement as I anxiously await your arrival tomorrow! After so many months of planning for you and talking about you with your mother, you are finally going to be here. And, Mom and I are finally going to become parents – a dream we have shared since we were married five years ago. I am writing this to you because I want you to someday be able to look back and read it, and know exactly what I was thinking on the eve of your birth.

I Promise to Always Keep You Safe

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Quick Guide to ChildBirth Provider & Setting Options

Pregnant Families: Are You Wondering What the Options are for Childbirth Providers and Settings?

 

This is info-graphic, from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, a part of the National Institute of Sciences, provides a quick glance at where women in the United States give birth and the types of providers who assist them.

There is also a short list of what factors can create a high-risk pregnancy.

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MindBody Practices for Birthing Women

meditate on oceanI wonder every day why MindBody practices aren’t brought into the hospitals to support and enhance the experiences of birthing women.

Mindbody practices support people on multiple levels. Relaxation practices slow the reactivity of the stress response down.

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Positive Mental Health: Heidi Koss: Yup, Its Me: the Face of Bipolar Disorder

Yup, It’s Me: The Face of Bipolar

Today I am humbled to share a guest post from Heidi Koss, LMHCA.

Many of you know Heidi Koss from her professional persona. She was  featured on this blog in April, 2013. She runs a busy psychotherapy practice in Washington state and is an activist in the area of Maternal Mental Health. She has volunteered for Postpartum Support International for sixteen years and is the Postpartum SUpport International Washington State Coordinator. Her passion for helping others is rooted in her own personal experiences with perinatal mood disorders. 

I invite you to read her moving personal story.

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A Dad’s Postnatal Desperation: Perspectives on Attachment & Resiliency from a Recovering Psychoanalyst

Dr. Good-un-ov’s Guide to Attachment

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Do you ever wonder why we are all so “attached” to the idea of “attachment?”  I do.

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