Posts Tagged ‘maternal mental health’

14 Tips for Mamas with Past Sexual Abuse

This article originally appeared in Postpartum Progress.

Cristi Motto Comes of Motherhood Unadorned are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual abuse and how it can affect the emotions of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  

Mend a broken heart

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Popular Healthcare HashTags

This is a guest post from Jessy Troy, a healthcare activist whom I met on the blogosphere. She  blogs about health and self-improvement across a a variety of niches. Follow her on Twitter where she  engages with alot of Twitter healthcare chats!  @JessyTroy

I am always pretty honest with my addictions. I smoked for several years and had to be open about that before I stopped. I have a rather serious caffeine addiction that takes me through almost an entire pot of coffee a day, on my own. But one that has really taken over my life – as it has so many others – is social media. Especially that micro-blogging powerhouse, Twitter.

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Empty Nest? Puff the Magic Poodle

Puff, the magic dragon,
Lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honah Lee.
Little Jackie Paper
Loved that rascal Puff,
And brought him strings and sealing wax
And other fancy stuff….

 

Ah. Another motherhood adjustment.  The words “empty nest” feel so negative to me, like I failed in some way, when it’s a normal part of life.

Home from college to ski (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

Home from college to ski (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

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Breast Cancer During Pregnancy

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IStock/skynesher

Pregnancy can be extremely demanding on its own. There are many things to learn about and keep track of, from nutrition to acceptable exercises. Despite this it should be regarded as a joyous occasion. Breast cancer is, of course, equally demanding and a very serious matter. It is important to understand the dangers specifically related to the scenario where these two meet, but also to remember that the joy of recovery and bringing a new life into the world are both down the road.

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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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Interview and Book Review: “This is How We Grow” by Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D.

GROWButtonMy colleague, Dr. Christina G. Hibbert, has been a leader in Maternal Mental Health for many years.

From the outside, her life looks kinda like a modern day fairy tale!

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Negation of Pregnancy: Research and What Can Childbirth Educators Do?

Negation of Pregnancy or Denial of Pregnancy: Is it real?

 

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Istock/PelageyaKlubnikina

I was busy over at Science and Sensibility this week with a guest post as a Perinatal Mental Health contributor.

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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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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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