Perinatal Mental Health Alliance Provider January Blog
“Oftentimes, women and couples are overloaded with information when trying to conceive, experience an emotional crisis, are expecting, or postpartum. We understand the fear and emotional toll Black women and couples experience when giving birth due to high maternal mortality rates. This is why we believe in providing mental health services to women so they can navigate their birthing and postpartum experience without fear, whether it’s their first child, a pregnancy after a loss, or pregnancy after experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. ”
Meet Raising Resilience, a mental wellness business committed to educating the Black community to raise resilient families. They offer individual, couples, and group therapy to women and families transitioning into parenthood and navigating issues such as infertility, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, birth trauma, and infant loss in North Carolina and Washington D.C.
Raising Resilience is composed of two dynamic Therapists, Whitney Coble and Tiffany Bishop.
Whitney is certified in perinatal mental health, birth trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, Perinatal EMDR and specializes in helping the everyday woman improve her ability to cope with daily challenges.
“As a woman, I understand society’s pressures on women as they navigate their careers, family dynamics, relationships, and everyday life.”
Black maternal health and reproductive education is a strong passion of Whitney’s. This passion fuels her work as she serves women who are trying to conceive, have fertility issues, experienced infant loss, transition into motherhood, or have mental health challenges while postpartum.
Tiffany is the other half of Raising Resilience. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has certifications in Trauma-Focused CBT and perinatal mental health. Tiffany specializes in Black maternal mental health, and serves women trying to conceive, transitioning into parenthood, experiencing fertility issues, or experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Tiffany shares, “As a mother, I understand the challenges of childrearing and making those decisions; therefore, I am passionate about guiding women during this vulnerable time.”
Tiffany and Whitney can authentically relate to working with Black millennial-aged who invest in their self-care at higher rates, yet often have the least safe emotional space for their reproductive health.
Whitney shares, “I don’t show up as my best self when I neglect myself, especially in my emotional self-care. I love our work at Raising Resilience, but I have learned how to harmonize my career and self-care. For instance, I’ve been catering to my emotional self-care by getting rest, prioritizing time for unproductive activities, and allowing myself to be in the moment.”
While Tiffany identifies that, “recharging looks different for me, depending on the day. I continuously check in with myself to identify my needs. Sometimes taking care of myself is spending time at home with my family, going on a date with my husband, hanging out with my girlfriends, or cuddling in my bed with a good book.”
Tiffany and Whitney, we thank you for all you do for your community. If you want to connect with Tiffany and Whitney check out their website and social media channels:
Group Leader Spotlight
“I remember how isolated and overwhelmed I felt during my first year of motherhood. I had a new baby I was in love with, but I didn’t have the support, tools, or language to adequately convey my needs to my family and partner. I was drowning and needed a life vest. The PMAD groups are the saving grace for many people during pregnancy or postpartum. They are an outlet for those looking for help and a comforting place where help-seekers can lay down their burdens and feel heard by peers.”
Meet Taleah Bryant, one of our online support group leaders. Taleah started volunteering as a group leader in 2021 where she supports help seekers who attend our parents of one to four year old children, termination for medical reasons, while primarily leading the perinatal mood disorders and Black moms connect groups.
Taleah shares, the Black Moms Connect group is important because Black mothers are one of the high-stress parenting groups due to a lack of resources and support, systemic racism, biases from medical providers, environmental stressors, etc. Our experience is unique, so it is important to have a group where Black mothers can seek community and discuss issues and concerns with people who can relate and look like them.”
Taleah thank you for everything you do for the many help seekers who reach out to PSI for understanding and support.