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Moms Take to Social Media in Defense of PPD in #meditateonthis

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, moms all over the world took to social media with the hashtag #meditateonthis, to rally together in defense of a new recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which states, “The USPSTF recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.”

This recommendation is huge for the community of PPD survivors, who call themselves Warrior Moms, and who have battled all forms of postpartum depression, anxiety, even psychosis.

So why were they having to defend themselves? [Read more]

Stress, Grief and Mental Health

Someone once told me, depression doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you’ve tried for too long to be strong. Months after my daughter came home from the hospital, those words resonated with me so much. My pregnancy had been plagued with stress. At 12 weeks, we had our nuchal translucency screening and were told our […]

{Professional Insight} Postpartum Stress & Mental Health after a Preemie

Having a baby is one of the most life-changing events a person will go through; having a baby born prematurely or with a NICU experience is not only life-altering, it’s also complicated with extra layers of fear, trauma, and loss of control. This article highlights mental health functioning and ways to support the mental well […]

NICU Dads Do Cry

Having a baby in the NICU will probably be the most emotional period of a parent’s life.  During this time mothers and fathers feel sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, etc.  I know when my son was in the NICU I felt all of those emotions and more.  However, being a father and a man I felt […]