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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 it emotional…

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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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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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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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