You’ve done all the textbook things you’re supposed to do during your pregnancy – you ate healthy food, exercised, attended prenatal programs, and had regular visits with your health care provider. Yet here you are…sitting in a neonatal intensive care unit gazing through an incubator at your tiny two-pound baby born at 28 weeks. Where… Continue reading Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?
Susan struggled with her mood during pregnancy. When she first felt herself slipping during the fourth month, she reached for her ‘bag of feel good tricks’. She posted cheerful photos on Facebook, went for walks outside, cooked dinner, and drank kale smoothies. None of it helped. Although Susan’s husband adored her and was a terrific… Continue reading Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!
As a Public Health Nurse, I work with women who are dealing with depression or anxiety related to being a new mother. Here are a couple of direct quotes from new mothers that I’d like to share… “I have to be strong for my kids, I have to prepare everything for them to be healthy… Continue reading Spread the word – May 3rd is Maternal Mental Health Day
As a Public Health Nurse, I have met many people who have ideas on how they would like the birth of their baby to play out…anything from a natural drug-free birth, a vaginal birth, to a planned c-section. Yes, it’s okay to have a birth plan, however, all too often these hopes and ideas don’t go… Continue reading How a difficult birth can affect your mood
Most people associate Valentine’s Day with chocolate, flowers, and jewelry, but have all you partners out there thought about the best gift a new mom could ever ask for? You guessed it … hands on, practical help to get through the early days with a new baby. Being organized ahead of baby’s arrival can make for… Continue reading What’s the best Valentine’s gift for a new parent? (And no, it’s not chocolate!)
As a Public Health Nurse working with new families, and a mom myself, I know how busy, exciting, and stressful the holiday season can be…especially when there is a new baby on the scene! Once all the festivities have ended and family & friends have returned to their normal schedules, new parents often fall prey… Continue reading I just survived my baby’s first holiday season…now what?
Looking back, you were so excited on the day of your baby’s birth…she was so small and perfect, just what you expected. The breastfeeding took some time to master, but it got better. Now 3 months later you are constantly worried: “Am I doing this right? Is she getting enough milk? Is there something wrong… Continue reading Do I have postpartum depression or anxiety? What’s the difference?