postpartum depression

Moms Deserve Better: Resources for Moms with Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

A recent Facebook post went viral about a mother who was seeking help for Postpartum Depression, but instead of her being able to get the help she was seeking, it resulted in the cops being called, the mother feeling “more broken”, and with still no services in place to help her.  This is not OK.

 

Weathering the Weather in this Season of Motherhood

We’re officially within the bounds of “holiday season” by now.  We survived the time change (how did that go for your little ones, by the way?).   It’s getting darker way sooner than it was just weeks ago.  And fall is transitioning into winter.

 

This time of year, the sun sets so early in the day and even when it’s out, you might not always see too much of it.  Skies turn grey or overcast many days out of the season.  Northern California, where I live, definitely tends to get more precipitation this time of year than it does the rest of the year.  And many places across the country get much more rain (or snow!) than we do.

How to Cope When Your Partner Has Postpartum Depression

What is it like as a dad or co-parent when your partner has Postpartum Depression or Anxiety?  Well, "difficult" would be an understatement.  Imagine you and your partner have the baby you’ve always wanted, but mom is just not herself anymore and you don’t know how to make things better.  It can feel helpless or hopeless.  It can feel frustrating.  You might feel angry or impulsive.  Or worried or sad.  Or numb.  Or way too preoccupied with tending to her needs and feelings that you have no idea how you even feel about it.

Guest Blog: 5 Considerations to Safeguard Against Postpartum Depression

Written by Brittni Fudge, MA, LPC, NCC

 

Up to 20% of pregnant and new moms will experience some form of anxiety or mood disorder.  This is a staggering number—especially considering these statistics are gathered based only on what women report.  Due to the stigma around mental health, many women don’t report their depression or anxiety to healthcare professionals, so it’s likely that that number is higher.  Pregnant moms often ask me if there’s anything they can do to prevent postpartum depression.

Guest Blog Post: From Belly Bliss to Dark Depression

Two minutes can feel like an hour when you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and are waiting for the results. When women see the two lines show up, they’re flooded with a wide range of emotions—from elation and awe to shock and fear. And guess what? All these emotions are okay. For many women, pregnancy isn’t a time of bliss, but fear, anxiety, and depression.

Bonus: Video Interview with Julie Hurst, Founder of Herself Moms in Sacramento, CA

I'm thrilled to bring to you a special interview I did with Julie Hurst, Founder & Owner of "Herself Moms", which is an incredible resource for both physical and emotional support for prenatal and postpartum moms in the Sacramento & Roseville areas.  She offers prenatal yoga and postpartum sculpting classes, as well as infant massage.  It also happens to be where I host my Mine, Yours & Ours parenting & relationship classes.  Watch our conversation - just click play below. 

Guest Blog Post: The Black Coat

My son is just about to turn 16. It’s been a long time since I was in the moment of him being a 2 year old, or a new born. I love him dearly and I know without any doubt that I am the best mum for him. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a Mum, and today that includes being grateful for the years of post-natal depression and post-natal anxiety.

In my gratitude please don’t think for one minute that I would wish this on anyone. I would not. There is nothing fun, memorable or pleasant about the burden of blackness that you wear as a heavy coat.

Guest Blog Post: We Must Prevent Tragedies Surrounding Postpartum Psychosis

Why do tragedies continue to happen when postpartum psychosis is a preventable and treatable illness that can strike any mother after the birth of a baby? It has been over 18 years since the onset of postpartum psychosis occurred in my own life and we still have not properly addressed the illness. This is one of the reasons why I wrote the book, A Mother’s Climb Out of Darkness.

Guest Blog Post: What to Expect When You Become a Parent After Infertility

During your infertility journey, all you dreamed of is the day that you’d become a parent. You worked so hard, read everything you could get your hands on, and asked questions in your online support group. You followed all of your doctor’s instructions, had sex on a schedule, and went through medical treatments you didn’t even know existed. It’s been a process, and you and your partner have experienced a grief that’s almost impossible to describe. But you’ve made it through. 

Guest Blog Post: How to Capture More of Those Magical Parenting Moments

A few years ago when my children were smaller I remember reading an amazing blog post about how sometimes in the middle of all the chaos and the insanity, you find yourself caught in a special moment of clarity and gratitude where time is suspended and all that remains is the connection between you and your child. So often when I was a new mom, I would either fake it and pretend that it was mostly “rosy”, or I would get caught up in the defeated feelings I had about how much harder it was then I thought it would be.