Tokens of Affection: A Review

Many thanks to Kathleen Kelley, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oregon, for submitting this review of Tokens of Affection. I’m thrilled to get the message out to families who can use the support. Thank you, Kathleen, for supporting my work and for making such a difference with the work that you do at your […]

My Breast Was Not Best

In 2001 when I had my first baby, breastfeeding was just becoming more focused on. Breast is Best was everywhere and I was looking forward to nourishing my baby from my body. When my baby arrived, I kept waiting for my milk to come in. Nurses told me since I had a traumatic delivery, it […]

A Personal Tribute to Our PPD Leaders.

During a recent training class, I mentioned the name of colleague of mine, and soon realized that the therapists in the room were not familiar with her and her work.  I was surprised since she had been a pioneer in the PPD community for so many years, but it dawned on me that some of […]

My Story

Like many moms, when I received the news that I was pregnant with my first baby, I was elated. I spent the next ten months… yes, ten, she was very late… preparing in all the ways that baby and pregnancy magazines tell you to. I cleaned everything with toothpicks, I painted rooms, (well ventilated, of […]

Welcome Claire!

I am so thrilled to welcome Claire Petrillo as a senior writer for our PPSC Blog. I’ve known Claire a long time and she has always had her finger on the pulse of current issues that impact new moms and has expressed herself with both clarity and fire. She speaks her mind. And she often […]

Foreword to CBT

Foreword Amy Wenzel and I were first introduced at the University of Pennsylvania, where we met with two colleagues to join forces on behalf of postpartum women. The four of us convened to contribute to what developed into a new screening tool for postpartum women. I confess I was simultaneously impressed and intimidated by the […]

Mashed Disaster

I love to cook. I have been told, and I believe it to be true, that I am a very good cook. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m not doing everything else. It distracts my brain and it makes me feel like an awesome wife because my husband always […]

More on “bad days”

Last week Robin Farr wrote a nice piece for Katherine Stone’s Postpartum Progress titled: “Depression setback or just a bad day?”  It was an important, accurate depiction of the ambiguity that can set in and make recovery difficult to understand. Robin did a great job describing how disconcerting setbacks can be and how scary it […]

Choose Life

Many of you who have read my books or attending my trainings are familiar with the metaphor closest to my heart, that of a butterfly, and how we use it to symbolize joy during postpartum healing. If you are not familiar with it, click here to read the post from Psychology Today on the subject. Today, I was reminded of […]

Postpartum Depression: Be Your Own Best Advocate

“Postpartum depression emerges at a time in a woman’s life when both the demands and stakes are high.  In addition to the disturbing feelings and symptoms, there is one more complicating factor.  There is a baby in the picture.  This makes everything more dramatic, more precarious, and much more urgent. Whether it’s her first bout […]

Honoring Ilyene Barsky, MSW

RE-POST: Those of us who attended this past weekend’s PSI conference were fortunate enough to listen to the lovely and brilliant Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, MFT, speak eloquently about her beloved friend and long time colleague, Ilyene Barsky. Ilyene shares the small podium of pioneering women who started getting the word out on postpartum depression […]

Token #6 Token of Expression

Token of Expression Inventory Read each statement and check the ones you feel are true for you. Put a circle around the boxes which reflect those you need to work on. I am able to express myself with clarity, with words and without words, without provoking my partner. I feel confident that my partner understands […]

Token #5 Token of Sanctuary

Token of Sanctuary Inventory Read each statement and check the ones you feel are true for you. Put a circle around the boxes which reflect those you need to work on. My partner and I have one or more places that we feel comfortable openly discussing hot topics that may be difficult or upsetting to […]

Token #1 Token of Esteem

Today’s Token is Esteem (self & relationship). See how you do. Token of Esteem Inventory Low self-esteem is associated with isolation. Put another way, the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to engage in meaningful relationships. This inventory will help you identify feelings and behaviors that may contribute to your self […]

Dads and Depression: Should We Call it Postpartum Depression?

Yesterday, Katie Couric talked about postpartum depression with Dr. Craig Garfield and Craig, a father who experienced paternal depression. The research study carried out by Dr. Garfield was groundbreaking and brings attention to the needs of dads during the postpartum period. We discussed this “together” in the article in The Atlantic, “Postpartum Depression Can Happen […]

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