Physical Activity and Depressive Symptoms After Stillbirth

Physical Activity and Depressive Symptoms After Stillbirth Informing Future Interventions Jennifer Huberty, Jenn A Leiferman, Katherine J Gold, Lacey Rowedder, Joanne Cacciatore, Darya Bonds McClain BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014;14(391) DISCUSSION “This was the first study to determine women’s preferences for and experiences with physical activity after stillbirth. As such, it offers information necessary for healthcare providers to […]

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 […]

Keeping it Real for the Holidays

So we’ve all read the top ten lists of how to survive the holidays. Even the PPSC came up with a list of how to find your holiday brave. It’s all over the Internet. Everyone has their own suggestions for what to do, what not to do, and how to do it. Sometimes these common […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Little Kindness Does Go a Long Way

Published in PsychologyToday.com on September 29, 2014 by Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW in This Isn’t What I Expected It’s not always easy to be nice when we think we are right and our partner is wrong. When feelings are hurt or needs are not met in a relationship, people tend to express themselves more impulsively, […]

Keys to a Happy Marriage After PPD

            A BRIEF SUMMARY  Token Tools for ESTEEM 1)       Get past recent anger. He wasn’t there for me. She wasn’t there for me. This may be true. But it’s getting in the way. “Get over it” has never been an acceptable psychological directive, but in realistic terms it works as an intervention for […]

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 […]

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 #3 Token of Compromise

Token of Compromise 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. When disagreeing, I am comfortable letting others be right. In instances when I truly believe I am right, I can still see my partner’s […]

Token #2 Token of Collaboration

  Token of Collaboration 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. It is easy for me to trust and accept my partner’s opinions and judgments. My partner and I work well on projects together. […]

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 […]

Alyson’s Journal

  I have kept a journal since I was pregnant with my first child. The entries are filled with all of the things I love about her, the wonderful, heartfelt moments we have shared and all of the things that she has said and done that have just made my heart melt. I had the […]

“Postpartum Stress Syndrome?”

The most common postpartum emotional reaction is what we call “postpartum stress syndrome” (Kleiman & Raskin, This Isn’t What I Expected), also known as adjustment disorder, which falls between the relatively mild baby blues and the relatively severe postpartum depression.  Although common, these women may get lost in the shuffle when describing postpartum adjustment reactions, […]

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