#1 Complication of Childbirth is a Mental Health Disorder

  • Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

    November 27, 2019 by

    Postpartum depression can begin just after baby’s birth — or up to a year after baby is born. (Depression can also begin in pregnancy, but it is referred to as perinatal depression). Symptoms include:  feeling sad, down or depressed,  feeling anxious or panicked,  problems with eating or sleeping Upsetting thoughts you can’t get out of your… Read more

  • Pregnancy and Postpartum OCD

    November 24, 2019 by

    Perinatal (During Pregnancy) and Postpartum OCD is a mental health challenge called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that occurs during pregnancy or after the birth of a child.  Between 3-11% of pregnant/postpartum women experience pOCD.  Some of these women have had OCD or OCD symptoms before, and for some, this is their first experience with OCD.  Some… Read more

  • I’m So Alone After Having a Child

    November 24, 2019 by

    I hear this from so many mothers, and I experienced it myself as a new mom. Motherhood in our society can be a very isolating experience. Mothers are expected to do the majority of the caregiving for baby, and our society in general values the individual over the community. We live away from our extended… Read more

  • Feeling Tearful, Uncertain and Overwhelmed After Giving Birth?

    November 24, 2019 by

    Being more tearful than usual after giving birth is very normal.  Think about what you’ve gone through in the last few days or weeks. The physical marathon of labor and delivery, the emotional experience of meeting your new baby, sleep deprivation, learning/beginning to care for your child, possibly hosting people as they meet baby, it.… Read more

  • How To Get More and Better Sleep After Having a Baby

    November 24, 2019 by

    If you have a new baby, I don’t need to explain to you what sleep deprivation does to your emotions, mental abilities and body. It takes such a toll! Possibly for the first time in your life, sleep isn’t going to just “happen.” In my experience there are two key ways to deal with the… Read more

  • What Is Birth Trauma?

    November 24, 2019 by

    Birth trauma is a term used in the mental health world to refer to a mother having a traumatic experience during the birthing process. One myth that I would like to immediately dispute is that something needs to “go wrong” for a birth to be experienced as traumatic by a woman. It might be a… Read more

  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety

    November 24, 2019 by

    Anxiety can occur during pregnancy and after birth for mamas. Many women who experience anxiety at these times have also had periods of anxiety before and may have seen a counselor or taken medications in the past. However, most women do not associate the “happy time of pregnancy, birth and postpartum” with new or returned… Read more

  • Scary Thoughts After Having A Baby

    November 24, 2019 by

    Almost every mother has “scary thoughts” after having a baby. These thoughts most often focus on ways that the baby could be hurt. Sometimes they are images, and sometimes they are more just “ideas”. Women do not bring these thoughts up to their friends, to their mothers, their sisters, their church family, their doctors, and… Read more

  • Síntomas de depresión posparto

    November 23, 2019 by

    La depresión posparto puede empezar justo después del nacimiento del bebé, o hasta un año después del nacimiento del bebé. (La depresión también puede empezar en el embarazo, pero se conoce como depresión perinatal). Los síntomas incluyen:  sentirse triste, deprimida o abatida,  sentirse ansiosa o en pánico,  tener problemas para comer o dormir Pensamientos perturbadores… Read more

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