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Friendship for New Mothers

Friendship for New Mothers Alexis E. Menken, PhD Clinical Psychologist Montclair, NJ NJ Coordinator/Advisory Council Postpartum Support International They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to truly nurture and sustain a new mother.  Of course, friendships are helpful in every stage of life, but its the…

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Featured PSI Member: Sara Rashid, MA, LCPC

Featured PSI Member: Sara Rashid, MA, LCPC Psychotherapist and Founder, Frame & Shoelace Psychotherapy Tell us a little about yourself outside of your work. I live in Chicago, IL with my husband and two children (ages five and three). In my time away from work, I try to follow the advice I often hear myself…

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No Parent Alone

Help build the #noparentalone movement with us! Post a photo of yourself, you and your kids, your family or anyone you love and add the hashtag #NoParentAlone, #NoMomAlone, #NoDadAlone and the helpline phone number: 1-800-944-4773. Let your friends know that PSI is here to help, and they are not alone. Here is what to do:…

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What Pediatricians Need To Know About Postpartum Depression

What Pediatricians Need To Know About Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression is the most common and serious postpartum condition, affecting 10% to 20% of mothers within the first year of childbirth.  Studies have found that up to 50% of women with PPD go undiagnosed. (Earls, MF and the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family…

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Featured PSI Members: Dr. Laurence Kruckman and Carolyn White

Featured PSI Members: Dr. Laurence Kruckman and Carolyn White As one of the founding members of PSI and a past PSI Board member, and in your several decades of research, you’ve been a long-time contributor to the growth in awareness of postpartum mental health issues. Carolyn has also seen many changes during her career as…

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Featured PSI Member: Carla Pileggi Caviola

An interview with Featured Member, Carla Pileggi Caviola, a licensed professional (LPC) in CT, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in NY. She discusses why she started in Maternal Mental Health and about her work.

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Birth Trauma

Birth Trauma by Emma Quick It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since we were anxiously awaiting our daughter’s arrival. Our second baby, but we had a different birth plan this time due to breech presentation.  My son had been born via vaginal delivery, so I was scheduled for a version to…

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EMDR Therapy

EMDR & Perinatal Mental Health Written by Shannon Kane, MSW, RSW “Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering.” -Peter Levine Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is gaining popularity in the perinatal world. You may have read about it online if you have researched trauma,…

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Cleft Lip Baby

Cleft Lip Baby by Mary Kemling These days my brain is often fried, overstimulated, sometimes underwhelmed, overworked, and unsupported for the tasks I ask it to do every day. But I think they have keyed the term #thisismotherhood for that. I wouldn’t say I disagree. I would say that I think mothers who suffer from…

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Exercise was my recovery

Exercise was my recovery by Mary P. Trontz “Down Came the Rain” as Brooke Shields so perfectly titled her book about postpartum depression. After my son was born, I struggled with postpartum depression. I cried every day for what seemed like forever, not knowing how I would overcome this. This was supposed to be the happiest…

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