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Self-Compassionate Parenting

Self-Compassionate Parenting by Devi Natarajan for Postpartum Support International Blog July 30, 2016 Parenting is like surfing. Through experience, some learn to do it gracefully without falling off too often. As a parent I have had numerous moments that challenged my balance. There were times when I completely slid off and felt like I was…

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Your Diagnosis Isn’t Less than Anyone Else’s

Your Diagnosis Isn’t Less than Anyone Else’s By Andrea Bates For Postpartum Support International Blog July 22, 2016 Listen, friends, my early motherhood months were no picnic. I was already on medication, though, thanks to my own experience and my doctors’ awareness. They were open and listened to me. They helped me find the support…

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Review of Gerdes Novel
Back in Six Weeks

Review of Sharon Gerdes’s Novel Back in Six Weeks By Toki Castro-Tover for Postpartum Support International Blog July 19, 2016 The worry of a mother is a powerful thing. As is the mind. What stressors can do to your “mommy brain” is beyond anyone’s control, even science for that matter. Sometimes—though rarely—a mother will suffer…

Postpartum Bipolar Disorder: The Invisible Postpartum Mood Disorder

Postpartum Bipolar Disorder: The Invisible Postpartum Mood Disorder By Dyane Leshin-Harwood July 13, 2016 for the Postpartum Support International Blog Bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis have recently made media headlines. Katie Holmes stars as a lovestruck poet with bipolar disorder in the film Touched with Fire. The British hit television show EastEnders featured…

You Gotta Laugh

You Gotta Laugh by Lauren Safran for Postpartum Support International Blog July 11, 2016 On June 15th 2014, the New York Times featured a cover story on “New Findings on Timing and Range of Maternal Mental Illness.” As a coordinator with PSI, my name was given to a producer at Arise Cable News as someone…

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plea

a poem by Suzanne Swanson for Postpartum Support International blog July 8, 2016   plea something               wrong that baby did not         glide   into love did     not bring    love either   other hands            she thinks can soothe not     her own   her hands     do not yet belong to mother  …

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What PPD Taught Me About Mental Illness, Women, Class, and Work

What Postpartum Depression Taught Me About Mental Illness, Women, Class, and Work by Meghan K. Riley Postpartum Support International Blog June 29, 2016 I cannot remember my first son’s birth. I remember how dry my throat was during labor, and how they told me that his heart rate was dropping. Then I remember, many hours later,…

PTSD: Like a Toddler’s Angry Temper Tantrum

June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month **Trigger Alert PTSD: Like a Toddler’s Angry Temper Tantrum by Geraldine Donaher Postpartum Support International Blog June 26, 2016 After I gave birth to a stillborn son, my mind obsessed around the idea that I killed him. No matter what the doctors told me, I was…

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New Dads and the “Fatherhood Generation Gap”

New Dads and the “Fatherhood Generation Gap” by Daniel Singley, PhD Postpartum Support International Blog June 18, 2016 In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to highlight an aspect of the transition to new fatherhood which tends not to get as much attention from the media—the disconnect between how involved the current generation of dads…

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The Tyranny of Should

The Tyranny of Should Postpartum Support International Blog June 17, 2016 by Toki Castro-Tover Motherhood seems to come with a lot of “shoulds,” some imposed by society, and some imposed by a mother’s harshest critic—herself. A few of them include that a mother “should”… feel happy when a new baby arrives have instant instincts about…

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