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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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Conversations that Count: Ask A Dad about His Journey

Conversations that Count: Ask A Dad about His Journey By Daniel Singley With International Fathers’ Mental Health Day right around the corner, I wanted to take a brief look at some of the ways that my colleagues and I have been working to empower fathers to get their “dad-on” as best they can. IFMHD is…

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Words on Father’s Mental Health from PSI founder, Jane I. Honikman

In Honor of Fathers By Jane I. Honikman, M.S. Founder of Postpartum Support International We honor men who are fathers each June with expressions of appreciation and love. It is a centuries old global tradition.  Father’s Day is about celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society. It marks the historic recognition…

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Letter from Co-founder of International Father’s Mental Health Day, Dr. Andrew Mayers

International Fathers Mental Health Day 2019 A blog by Dr Andrew Mayers As we mark another International Fathers Mental Health Day, it’s a good time to reflect on what we have achieved since June 2018 but also reinforce what still needs to be done. I have been working in perinatal mental health for 16 years….

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Featured PSI Member: Amanda Yeaton-Massey, MD

Amanda Yeaton-Massey, MD Assistant Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco Tell us a little about yourself outside of your work. Since becoming a mother, most of my time outside of work has been focused on spending time with my two wonderful children. I have an…

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Postpartum Psychosis: I Didn’t Know Motherhood Could Have A Dark Side, Until I Saw Demons Threatening To Kill My Baby

Postpartum Psychosis: I Didn’t Know Motherhood Could Have A Dark Side, Until I Saw Demons Threatening To Kill My Baby Olivia Siegl   It makes my blood run cold that I went into motherhood unaware of what could happen to my mind after having a baby. Postpartum Psychosis plummeted me into a darkness that had…

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