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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…

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.…

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…

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.…

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,…

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.…

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…

Letter from Co-founder of International Father’s Mental Health Day, Dr. Andrew Mayers

International Fathers Mental Health Day 2019A blog by Dr Andrew MayersAs 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…

“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…

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…

“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…

Perinatal OCD Part II

Perinatal OCD Part II Catherine BenfieldWe’re at a point now where parents are beginning to talk openly about the impact of becoming parents on their mental health. Postnatal depression is often in the media, an awareness of postpartum…

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…