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.”
Postpartum depression has come a long way
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.