Category Archives: postpartum depression

A Non- Pharmaceutical Prescription for Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety.

Although it would be hugely reassuring if we could pin-point one, specific, cause of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like PPD, experts in the field have not yet been able to be absolutely sure what causes these issues.  Actually, what … Continue reading

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A Breathing Meditation for New Moms

Breath is a magnificent thing.  Really.  Of course we need to breathe to exist, but we often forget how important breath is for mental health and  stress management.  Our brains need oxygen to thrive and breath is also a pretty … Continue reading

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12 Myths of Pregnancy and Postpartum

Myth # 1. When you are pregnant, you will feel better than you have ever felt.  In fact, you will glow! Fact: While some women describe pregnancy as wonderfully full- a time when they felt more energetic than ever, when … Continue reading

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Grieving the Losses and Postpartum Depression Recovery

If only postpartum mood disorders like PPD were as simple as managing symptoms.  But of course, the symptoms related to these illnesses- the sadness, tearfulness, overwhelm, intense anxiety, isolation, feelings of hopelessness, irritability etc. are only part of the issue, … Continue reading

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Moms Speak Up: My Beast of Burden

Okay.  I’m back.  And with something really exciting.  I have been thinking lately about how great it would be to add some real-life stories to the mix here: stories written by women who have experienced a postpartum mood and anxiety … Continue reading

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When Dads and Partners Just Don’t Understand

Do you feel like your spouse/partner can’t get what you are going through?  If so, come visit me at Postpartum Progress.

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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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When PPD/PPA Treatment Takes Longer Than You’d Like

I know that you want to feel better.  Fast.  Now. Yesterday.  Sooner rather than Later.  As quickly as possible.  I know. For many women, the hardest part of treatment is admitting that you need help.  For some it’s picking up … Continue reading

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