Category Archives: policy and research

PPMAD Pioneers- Attention and Research Galore

I have just returned from Seattle where I was attending the 25th anniversary Postpartum Support International conference.  There is way too much to share to do it all here, in one post, but I wanted each and every one of … Continue reading

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Placentophagia: New York Magazine Takes the Debate

A number of months ago, I wrote a post on Placentophagia (the practice of eating one’s placenta) that has become the most widely read piece on this blog.  Each day, at least one new reader finds me through a google … Continue reading

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It’s About Time

I’m back with a phenomenal piece of news: On Monday, the University of North Carolina’s Hospital in Chapel Hill opened the first ever inpatient psychiatric clinic for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders.  Let me repeat that: Women who are struggling … Continue reading

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Pediatricians and PPD Screening

So- I facilitated a Postpartum Mood and Anxiety training for pediatricians at our local hospital this week… In an effort to increase pediatric screening for PPD.  This is a tough audience as their patient is not mom… At the same … Continue reading

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Are Moms Who Give Birth in Fall or Winter More Likely to Develop PPD?

Here is one of those studies that leaves us with a desire to learn more.  Is it possible that Moms who give birth in fall and winter months are more likely to struggle with PPD than Moms who deliver during … Continue reading

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PPD- An Acupuncturist’s Perspective

Below is the third in a series of interviews aimed at providing insight about PPMDs by a number of different health and wellness professionals. We know that there are a variety of factors that contribute to the development of depression … Continue reading

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More Information on Medication During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Its a hot topic in my office these days- Is it safe to take medication while pregnant or breastfeeding? The answer is that while some medications should not be taken during these times, many are very safe and should be … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Placentophagia- Is The Research Sound?

In case you don’t know what the word Placentophagia means, it is the practice of eating the placenta after childbirth. In many cultures and throughout history, people have believed that ingesting one’s placenta after childbirth has numerous medical benefits.  Theories … Continue reading

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New Research Reported on Dads and PPD

It’s a hot topic today…. A recent meta analysis that was presented at a news conference sponsored by the American Medical Association today is showing that 10% of new dads will develop symptoms of depression during pregnancy or in the … Continue reading

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Health care bill hopes to boost PPD awareness

For years, advocates of  support for  perinatal mood disorders have been rooting for the passage of the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act.  This legislation, sponsored by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), supports an increase in attention and funding aimed at … Continue reading

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