Intrusive and unwanted thoughts and images are super common, with up to 90% of new parents having these at times. It’s normal, in other words, to have worrisome images or thoughts pop into your mind about harm coming to you or your baby. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s like your brain is doing it’s job, scanning the environment […]
Can you do EMDR therapy during Pregnancy?
“Is it safe to do EMDR therapy with a pregnant client?” “Is it safe to do EMDR in the first trimester of pregnancy?” “What do I do if my client I’m doing EMDR with becomes pregnant?” There are several widespread myths and misconceptions about the use of EMDR therapy with a pregnant client. And while […]
‘Tis the Season to Tune Into Yourself
Oof, the holidays can be a minefield of triggers, amiright? This time can have a way of amplifying whatever it is that you’re already going through, and can make things more difficult. If you’re a new or expecting parent dealing with a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, or struggling with infertility, how hard this […]
May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month
The first week in particular focused on bringing awareness to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and mental health from conception and beyond. As Perinatal Mental Health Therapists, It’s kind of like our Olympics, awareness-week wise. 😍 This is a great opportunity to share your own stories, uplift each other, and show the real […]
Let’s talk birth and reproductive trauma
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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