Anxiety is a normal emotion for which humans are hardwired to experience. We needed and still need the ‘fight or flight’ response to know how to deal with fearful and life-threatening situations. With anxiety disorders, however, this normal response is the system over-reacting, becoming over-stimulated and developing into an illness which inhibits you from functioning normally in your personal and/or professional life. Women are especially vulnerable to anxiety during the postpartum period. Read on to learn how to recognize the signs of postpartum anxiety and the support systems that are available.
Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is a framework and set a of practices and principles that address the ways in which traumatic events shape, color and influence a person’s experience in the world and over the course of their life. TIC care shifts the question from “What is wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” as a way to remove stigma and blame from survivors of trauma.
New parenthood can be emotionally overwhelming for everyone — and that goes for dads, too. This month, we asked TMC partner group facilitator Dr. Chuck Schaeffer for a candid take on the issues and fears new dads face — and often are too intimidated to admit — as they make the transition. Here are the top five common fears he’s encountered, plus help for how to decode them and deal with them in healthful, supportive ways.
OCD affects about 1% of the general population. Amongst the perinatal population, some researchers have found that up to 11% of women meet criteria for OCD. Recent studies suggest that OCD is more common during the perinatal time period more than any other time in one's life.
Mother’s Day can be a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the mothers in your life. And if you are a mother? To appreciate yourself. But for new mothers experiencing Postpartum Depression and/or Anxiety (PPD/A), this can feel like a tall order.
Postpartum Psychosis is a rare and severe form of mental illness that occurs after having a baby in approximately 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 deliveries. While these statistics may sound small, its effects are anything but: Women experiencing PPP have lost touch with reality and are in danger of hurting themselves or their children due to this psychiatric illness. This uncommon form of postpartum illness is considered the most severe type and almost invariably requires hospitalization. Read on for facts about how to identify and address it.
The perinatal journey looks different and feels different for everyone. When Postpartum Depression and Anxiety enters the equation, the impact can be debilitating for the whole family. Due to the ongoing stigma that surrounds maternal mental illness, many women don’t realize that the right support and treatment can make a world of difference.
Going back to work after maternity leave is hard. Going back to work while still coping with Postpartum Depression is even harder. Returning to the workplace might intensify your PPD symptoms, or trigger new ones. Even if you love your job, the workplace means separation from your child, finding a new routine, and juggling all the new responsibilities of motherhood. It may also mean fielding endless questions about how your baby is doing, how wonderful it is to be a mom, how tired you might be feeling, and any number of triggering questions you don’t feel comfortable answering.
What happens when you become a mother? “We think of it as this beautiful, blissful, natural thing that should happen to every woman,” psychiatrist Catherine Birndorf begins in this week’s episode of The goop Podcast. “It’s maternal destiny.” She pauses. “What?! I mean it is like a nuclear bomb goes off.”
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) otherwise known as Postpartum Depression, have existed since the dawn of time. It’s taken society a long (long) time to catch up, and start a public discourse about their very existence -- only complicated by the needless guilt and shame that pregnant and new mothers feel when the symptoms of PMADs strike, and the general stigma around mental health in our country.
Paige Bellenbaum, Program Director of the Motherhood Center of New York joins Deb Flashenberg for the The prenatal Yoga Center's blog series Yoga | Birth | Babies.
"This deeply honest and moving discussion needs to be heard and discussed with all expectant women, partners and support people. It is reported that 1 in 5 women experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. It’s important to note that this statistic is only based on reported cases and that many more women will suffer in silence. Many professionals feel a more accurate statistic is 1 in 3 people. Paige bravely discusses her own debilitating experience with postpartum depression and anxiety and her commitment to supporting those experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorder."
Sharing our most recent guest appearance on the Positive Mind podcast, featuring TMC founder Catherine Birndorf, MD and Program Director, Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW. The episode explores the key concept of matrescence — the sometimes anxiety-provoking phase of stepping into your “new mom” identity. The good news? That with the right type of care, radical acceptance (and self acceptance) the journey into motherhood will become more enjoyable as you gain confidence along the way.
After 9 months of what felt like being pregnant forever and a physically traumatic 36-hour labor, you would have thought I would have been overjoyed to finally meet my new son. But when they finally put him on my chest? I actually thought he looked like an alien, and all I wanted to do was eat a cheeseburger and sleep for 3 days straight...
“What am I supposed to tell her? How do we go back to the way it was before? How do I help her get help? What can I do to fix this? Will our child and our family be ok again?”
Today alone, over 11,000 children will be born in the United States, and more than half of these infants will be to first-time parents. For the fathers, co-parents, and partners, a new infant will invariably provide challenges and adjustments to their roles, but most won’t have to struggle with the above questions and see the mother of their infant fall into a significant depression or other mood and anxiety disorder. However, each day, for over 2,000 new families, the fathers and partners will struggle with the above questions—that’s because Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS) are very common, impacting about 1 in 5 mothers.
TMC’s Medical Director Catherine Birndorf took the stage for an expert (and by many accounts, eye-opening) discussion about PPD and its treatment. We’ve had such an overwhelming online response that we wanted to take a moment to get her take on the experience.
That act of stopping and evaluating how you're doing can feel like yet another thing on the laundry list of things to do. And self-care with postpartum depression can feel particularly challenging. Depressive and anxious symptoms can cause a new mom to feel debilitated and unable to accomplish even the most immediate tasks, let alone taking care of her own needs. Just one reason that here at The Motherhood Center, we take the concept of self-care with Postpartum Depression one step at a time.
1 in 5 new and expecting mothers experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) often referred to as postpartum depression (PPD) or “postpartum.” In fact, the term PMADs covers a variety of different disorders including Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Postpartum Generalized Anxiety Disorder. PMADs are one of the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth, yet one of the most misunderstood.
Telling loved ones or a trusted physician about your depression and anxiety is the first step to getting the help you need. It can feel scary to share your feelings, but with help everyone feels better. 20% of new moms experience postpartum depression, and we have 5 tips to empower you to speak about your feeling and take the next steps towards getting better.
The birth of a child is an event in a woman’s life that often brings a sense of overwhelming joy. But this is not always the case...and even when excitement and anticipation are at their peak, they can come amid a slew of other not-so-great feelings, too. As it turns out, 1 in 5 women suffer from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including postpartum depression or PPD. Here are 5 signs of Postpartum Depression.
COVENTRY, R.I. — When Kristen Ritchotte ended her overseas relationship with the father of her unborn child, she returned to her native U.S. With no money and no job, she moved in with her parents. Except for doctor’s appointments, she essentially stayed in bed for a month, crying constantly.
The young woman had experienced depression before, though never this severe. If not for her baby, she might have resorted to alcohol, an old coping mechanism.