Trauma is so subjective, right? Why is it one person’s emergent c-section can be experienced as “that was scary but it’s over now, I’m relieved” whereas another person might experience their as traumatic (and continuing to cause distress when they are reminded of it?) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Subjective distress is the most important correlation with a […]
Honoring all grieving parents
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and a time to honor all grieving parents. We honor those who have lost pregnancies and babies. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We hold you in our hearts and honor your grief. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We know that your grief extends well beyond this month and your trauma is valid. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We know […]
What is matrescence? Becoming a mother is a tremendous developmental shift, and matrescence is a term used to describe this process and all the emotional, biological and hormonal changes that come during this time. Much like the term “adolescence” describes that period in our lives, and all that goes with it, this term describes this […]
Who is in your village?
We always talk about the important of a “village” in raising a child, and in truth, it takes a village to protect and raise new parents as well. Many cultures have traditions of surrounding new parents with support in the early postpartum recovery period. In China, for example, the “sitting the month” period entails the […]
Happy Pride Month!
I honor our LGBTQ+ community and same sex parents who continue to face tremendous obstacles and discrimination. I stand with you and celebrate with you. I’d like to give a huge shout out of love to all same sex parents. I honor the tremendous discriminatory, financial, insurance, institutional, political, and societal barriers you face […]
Black Moms Matter, Black Moms are precious
Like many of you, I’m having some hard conversations with people in my life who are resistant to the idea of implicit bias, or how this impacts people of color, particularly Black people. It’s so important we keep using our voices to spread awareness even if they’re uncomfortable conversations. Black women are dying due […]
Let’s hear it for the Dads!
It’s International Father’s Mental Health Day and such an important day to focus these important papas. Particularly right now💙 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you know that Dads can also experience depression and anxiety during the process of having a baby? 1 in 10 Dads will have depression when having a baby, and roughly 1 in 6 will […]
Pregnancy in the Time of Covid
Let’s just name it…this is a hard time to be a new parent. This is just hard right now, period. What an extraordinary time of grief, change, and fear, coupled with the celebration of your precious new baby. My heart aches for you being in such a vulnerable season of growth and change in your […]
It’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month which is a wonderful time to highlight Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, mamas and partners affected, and all the great work happening in this field. So here’s to you: Here’s to the 1 in 5 mamas (and 1 in 3 mamas of color) who will get […]
The lasting impact of infertility
For couples struggling to build their family, infertility can put a strain on the couple and even impact family relationships. The path to conception can often be long and arduous and can feel like a grieving process repeated month after month. It ultimately will resolve in one of three ways: 1. The couple will conceive […]
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