Letting Go of the Mother We Think We Should Be

A while ago I watched a video of Karen Kleinman speaking at Byrn Mawr Hospital shared on the Postpartum Stress Center Facebook page. Karen Kleinman is a a therapist and well known expert on postpartum depression and author of several wonderful books that I will link at the end of this post. Part of theContinue reading “Letting Go of the Mother We Think We Should Be”

Recovery and Resilience

For the last installment of my Maternal Mental Health series I’m discussing the recovery and resiliency factors of maternal mental health. Recovery Healing is a process and therefore recovery from maternal mental health issues is a process as well. Unlike some medical illnesses its not as if mental health issues are simply cured and neverContinue reading “Recovery and Resilience”

5 Ways to Build a Village: Support Networks and Maternal Mental Health

As a therapist I would say one of the best tools for recovery from any difficult life transitions or mental health issues is a strong support system. One of our basic human needs is the need to feel connected to others. And during times of stress, depression, or anxiety we need to feel supported andContinue reading “5 Ways to Build a Village: Support Networks and Maternal Mental Health”

How to Seek Treatment for Postpartum Mental Health

When you feel you have identified that you need professional help for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) there are some things to consider. Finding a Provider When you are looking for a provider you will need to know if they accept your insurance through contacting them or checking their practice’s website. You may also want toContinue reading “How to Seek Treatment for Postpartum Mental Health”

What are PMADs? How Do I Know if I have one?

To begin my posts on Maternal Mental Health Month it’s best to start with the basics- the what, why, when, and now what?. Just what are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)? And how do you know if you have them? What- Before I even begin to describe PMADs its important that I have aContinue reading “What are PMADs? How Do I Know if I have one?”

May is Maternal Mental Health Month

Why dedicate an entire month to maternal mental health? Because of the mom who stays inside all day because she is afraid to put her baby in a car. Because of the mom who quickly wipes her tears and fakes a smile when her partner comes home but feels empty and alone inside. Because ofContinue reading “May is Maternal Mental Health Month”