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The Reality of Postpartum Anxiety and 4 Ways to Manage it

by Amy StuartVanessa’s first several months as a parent were marked by debilitating anxiety. She was terrified of leaving the house and felt certain something terrible would happen if she did. She obsessively checked on her infant as she…

What I Learned About Parenting and the Postpartum Period Working in a Preschool

What I Learned About Parenting and the Postpartum Period Working in a Preschool by Amanda Dodson Gremillion  I am one of those preschool teachers who is known to spoil the babies. I often got guilted of this as a new mom too, but…

Low Supply Broke My Heart

Low supply broke my heart by Bethany Neubarth  *Trigger warning: Some content in this blog might be triggering or upsetting to certain audiences.I spent my pregnancy reading all the popular breastfeeding books; I went to three…

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,…
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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…
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PSI Focuses on Raising Awareness of Maternal Mental Health

Events Include Maternal Mental Health Day, PSI 32nd Annual Conference and  Climb out of the Darkness PORTLAND, OR. --- Postpartum Support International (PSI), the leading organization dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood…
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For Partners: How to Show Up Well in the Postpartum Period

For Partners: How to Show Up Well in the Postpartum Period Elizabeth GilletteLet’s be real: the postpartum time is incredibly exciting for many families and it’s also a time when partners can feel frazzled, disoriented, and overwhelmed.…
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Interview with PSI trained PostPartum Specialist Natalie Telyatnikov

A mom, whom I’ve never met personally, created a private Facebook group of local area moms who have or are suffering from PostPartum disorders. Many moms had opened up asking for help on a larger Facebook group, so to keep things more private…

Creating a Self-Care Plan: Part 2 of a 2 Self-Care series

Creating a Self-Care Plan: Part 2 of a 2 Self-Care series by Maggie Gurman  Having a self-care mentality: How to Think about ItThe way we think about our needs can often get in the way of taking the first step.It's not all…

What is self-care? Part 1 of a 2-part self-care series

What is self-care? Part 1 of a 2-part self-care series by Maggie Gurman 23 Nov 2018  Self-care? What does it mean…? Any action you take that attends to your basic mental, emotional, and physical needs is considered self-care. Surprisingly,…
You are not alone

You’re not Alone

You're not Alone by M. J. Golias 19 Nov 2018 “You’re not alone.” I say this to myself often. Knowing this, because I do know it now, eases the harshness of my anxiety. Acknowledging my triggers allows me to connect the dots, anticipate…

Dear Anxiety

Dear Anxiety by Jen Smith 16 Nov 2018 Dear Anxiety:Remember when you would visit me all the time? Now I need to take a special moment to reach out and say thank you. I love you. I want to thank you for checking to make sure that…

Featured PSI Member: Heather Anne Swensen Motta

PSI Volunteer Heather Anne Swensen Motta: Climb Out of the Darkness Brazil Team Leader, Brazil CoordinatorNote: There are many types of perinatal mental health disorders, and at times a range of unexpected consequences. This interview makes…
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Featured PSI Member: Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter

Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter is a maternal child and pediatric clinical social worker for university-affiliated teaching hospital Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in Colton, California. Currently teaching at California State University San…
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Maternal Mental Health Month, Week, and Day!

World Maternal Mental Health Day Wednesday, May 2, 2018 International Maternal Mental Health Week Monday April 30 – Sunday May 6Helping Mothers, Fathers, and Babies! In many countries, as many as 1 in 5 new mothers experience some…