Pam is a nurse researcher and assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Widener University. Prior to her current position at Widener, she was a staff member at Kennedy Health Systems Maternity Inpatient unit, a Counseling Specialist for the Pregnancy HealthLine Teratology Information Line, Clinical Supervisor for the Nurse Practitioner Program at Rutgers University, and Director of the Prenatal Clinic at Rancocas Hospital. Her passion for work in maternal wellness led her to her recent research: Mothers’ Descriptions of Recovery from Postpartum Depression and then, to The Postpartum Stress Center. Pam has been involved with the health of moms, dads, and babies for nearly 40 years and continues to bring much enthusiasm to her work. She received her BSN from Duquesne University, her MN from the University of Pittsburgh and her PhD from Widener University. Her favorite stress buster is weeding her fabulous flower and vegetable gardens!
Pam is in position to talk to women about any concerns they have that may be impacting their pregnancy or recovery from childbirth, such as testing procedures, medications, concerns about labor or delivery, pain from incisions, episiotomies, any medical complication, breastfeeding concerns, such as latching or engorgement, physical changes, body image and more…
Mothers or couples can make an appointment to meet with Pam as an adjunct to their work with a therapist here, or they arrange to see her any way that meets their needs.
As a maternity nurse working with families and students, my questions have centered on how we can help moms and their families develop and grow during pregnancy, in labor, and after delivery. I am especially interested in delving into the phenomenon of recovery from perinatal depression. What are the behaviors, feelings, and thoughts that mothers have when they see themselves getting better? Each mother can contribute her unique experience to develop a picture of recovery. I love to discuss with moms any aspect of pregnancy, delivery, and their postpartum needs. Pregnancy brings a lot of changes that are often accompanied with wonder and a bit of uncertainty; understanding how to navigate these changes can ease distress and promote a satisfying experience for everyone.