Did you read the latest news on preventing the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth? Back up…do you know what the most common complication actually IS? Diabetes? Nope. Preeclampsia? Try again. Believe it or not, perinatal (loosely defined as the time from pregnancy to postpartum) depression and anxiety are actually the most common ailments that women face during this time. Between 11 and 17% of pregnant and new moms suffer from depression and/or anxiety. The good news is that perinatal depression and anxiety are treatable AND, as we now know, preventable. Continue Reading Why can therapy help prevent perinatal depression
Over the past thirteen years, I’ve gotten used to blank looks and confused reactions when I tell people that I’m a postpartum doula. After all, even with increasing attention to the importance of the postpartum period (both in terms of physical and mental health), the unconscionable health crisis in the black community around birth and the postpartum period, and articles like this one, most people still don’t know what a postpartum doula is. Continue Reading What’s A Postpartum Doula And Why Do I Need One?
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started to daydream about the kind of parent I was going to be. Babywearing was part of my program. As a Millennial (I hate that word) mom with far too much information at her fingertips, I felt like I had to subscribe to some kind of parenting philosophy. Continue Reading #boobertruths: How babywearing helped me and my baby
What does self-care really mean when you have just given birth and are winding your way through the postpartum phase of your new life with a newborn? Well, here’s some of the simplest self-care tips for new moms. Continue Reading The Simplest Self-Care Tips For New Moms
Holidays are a time when friends and families come together. They’re also a time that can bring added work and stress. Add in caring for a newborn and things can quickly spiral out of control. Your first holiday with a new baby is a wonderful time to practice caring for yourself and developing the say ‘no’ skills so you can be a better parent. Here are some simple strategies for surviving the upcoming holidays. Continue Reading Holiday Survival Tips for New Parents and Nursing Moms
The Postpartum Period. It’s finally getting the attention it deserves! At least in writing. We were thrilled to see Zoe Greenberg’s article recently in the NY Times – “If Only Everyone Had a Postpartum Doula”. We couldn’t agree more. Continue Reading Take it from the New York Times – “Everyone Needs a Postpartum Doula”