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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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“It wasn’t till I tentatively Googled ‘Why do I think about hurting my baby’ that I found that I was far from alone.”

“It wasn’t till I tentatively Googled ‘Why do I think about hurting my baby’ that I found that I was far from alone.” Susannah Birch   Giving birth to my first daughter was the most empowering thing I’ve ever done, and afterwards I felt as if I could do anything. I’d had a natural drug…

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MOM CONGRESS 2019

MOM CONGRESS 2019 Jessica Thomas, PSI Support Coordinator for Eastern NC   No matter your view of life I believe we can all come to the consensus that “mommin’ ain’t easy”.  I have been pregnant and or nursing for the past 7 years and with that comes an emotional toll that I was not prepared…

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“If This Is So Common, Why Haven’t I Ever Heard of It?”

“If This Is So Common, Why Haven’t I Ever Heard of It?” Jenny Schermerhorn “I think you might have Postpartum Depression” was something a close friend said to me at my first child’s 1-year-old birthday party.  I remember thinking “That’s what bad moms get”.   I blamed myself, and I pushed it aside.  I had no…

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