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Mom Guilt

Mom Guilt by Amy Stuart “You have to be kidding me.” I muttered these exact words to myself as I looked at the pregnancy test I held in my hand. It was positive. I had no idea what to do. My husband and I already had two small children. While pregnant with my second child,…

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Practical Solutions for Postpartum Self-care

Practical Solutions for Postpartum Self-care by Amy Stuart The birth of my first child didn’t exactly go as I expected. While I hadn’t written up an elaborate birth plan, I had a loosely formed idea in my mind of how things were likely to proceed. Even so, there was a lot that happened that I…

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Infant Massage

How Infant/Baby Massage Can Help with Postpartum Depression By Angela Hitchcox   When a mother goes home from the hospital or birthing center with her new baby, she is thrown into a major life transition following her pregnancy.  Some mothers have to leave their babies in the NICU upon their discharge and are only allowed…

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Growing your Village: A guide for new parents

Grow your Village – A guide for new parents Jessie Everts, PhD LMFT   As the African proverb goes, “it takes a village” – not just to raise a child, but to support a new parent. Connection with others and support are so vitally important in early parenthood. You feel less alone when you know…

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How to Advocate for Your Own Mental Health

How to Advocate for Your Own Mental Health By Amy Stuart   Maybe it’s the chilly examination room. Maybe it’s the feeling of bare skin beneath a loosely-fitted, sheer gown or the way the paper blanket crinkles when you shift positions. Maybe it’s the muffled discussions from the hall that can be heard through the…

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How To Support A New Mom Who Is Struggling With Postpartum Depression

How To Support A New Mom Who Is Struggling With Postpartum Depression by Amy Stuart   A few years ago, I entered a new season of life. My friends and I left our college years behind us and established ourselves in our respective fields. Many moved in with a partner or got married. It wasn’t…

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Mom Genes Research

Mom Genes Fight PPD by Amy Stuart This blogpost was written based on a Mom and Mind podcast episode hosted by PSI board member Katayune Kaeni and Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody.   Technology has transformed the way we live. We no longer rely on a haphazardly folded atlas from the backseat of our vehicle when we…

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PSI and Black Lives Matter

This is a pivotal moment for our country and for the cause of perinatal mental health. I have been working hard to find the words to authentically address the emotions that we are all feeling while focusing our concern for black and brown women, men, and families who are in the midst of, yet again,…

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Trauma, new parenthood, and the pandemic

Trauma, new parenthood, and the pandemic by Lita Simanis “In these challenging times,” “we’re all in this together,” “stay at home.” If no one has given you permission to scream or curse from hearing these phrases, allow me to do that. Being exasperated does not diminish the value of these statements that are 1) acknowledging…

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How to manage your relationship with your spouse during COVID-19

How to manage your relationship with your spouse during COVID-19 By: Megan Richardson, LMFT, NCC There is no doubt that COVID is putting a strain on a lot of aspects of our life, one of them being our relationships. While some couples may find that spending extra time with their spouse is creating additional problems…

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