15 10, 2014

Culture and Language in Therapy with New and Expecting Parents

By | 2017-02-04T23:06:45+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Postpartum Health Alliance|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

Recently I attended a lecture sponsored by the Postpartum Health Alliance on “Cultural Considerations when Working with Expecting and New Parents.” The lecturer happened to be an old friend of mine, Dr. Mariela Shibley, Psy.D. She shared with a group of maternal mental health practitioners, First Five home visitors, and other professionals interested in helping pregnant and postpartum women. As I focus on helping women of childbearing years in my psychotherapy private practice in San Diego, I always look forward to learning more and connecting with other practitioners at the PHA lectures. You can see more posts inspired by the PHA lectures here: Postpartum Couples and the NICU Experience.

Mariela shared some of […]

13 09, 2014

Win the Ultimate New Parent Prize Pack Worth Over $800

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:42+00:00 September 13th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Giveaways/Free Resources, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , , |51 Comments

A new carseat, a baby carrier, a wrap and a swaddler: really the only products you need for a new baby. I believe in keeping it simple and being prepared. So I have teamed up with the super sweet folks at Ergobaby and Orbitbaby to offer an amazing package of prizes, everything you need for a new baby… well, almost everything! Diapers help. The winner will also win a session with me to consult on anything he or she needs to feel ready for a baby.

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Enter the contest below, and by subscribing to my monthly newsletter, you could win:

30 07, 2014

Save the Date: 9/14/14 Natural Family Fair

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:42+00:00 July 30th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

I am honored to be accepted as a vendor at this year’s Natural Family Fair. I have enjoyed the Natural Baby Fair in years past, but this will be my first year having a table and representing my own therapy services. This year will be the best ever as Natural Baby Pros has teamed up with our family’s favorite band, Hullaballo, and Reproductive Wellness to present three events on one occasion.

natural family fair

I am looking forward to sharing with the Natural Family Fair attendees how I can help families trying to conceive, considering having a baby or adjusting to pregnancy. My mental health background gives me a solid expertise in helping adults overcome anxiety and depression and I specialize in the particular challenges (and joys) of pregnancy […]

3 03, 2014

7 Ways To Find Your Circle of Support When Pregnant and Postpartum

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:42+00:00 March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

Pregnancy changes many things. One thing you may find is that your old circle of friends no longer understand what you are going through. Just when you need more support. So how can you find or create support when pregnant or a new parent?

7 ways to find your circle of support when pregnant and postpartum

 

 

1. Birth education classes

 

Challenge yourself to strike up a conversation with at least one interesting woman during one of your birth education classes.

2. Consult existing friends who already have kids

 

Parents love to give advice to those following their footsteps!

3. Online support

 

Find a Facebook group of local women going through the same thing. Google+ can be a great place to find communities with common interests. And Babycenter and What to Expect have “birth month clubs” that can be […]

7 02, 2014

Mental Health Starts in the Womb

By | 2014-02-08T16:59:28+00:00 February 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , |2 Comments

You take your folic acid up to a year before conception… You take your great-aunt’s advice to eat carrots while pregnant so the baby will have good eyesight… But have you thought about your unborn baby’s mental health?

Relax! I don’t mean to pile on more things to worry about. Please read Marcy Axness’ great article on Natural Baby Pros: “Mental Health Begins in the Womb” for the full story. But I’ll give you the takeaway: take care of the mom! Helping a pregnant mom to feel good and manage stress during the pregnancy makes all the difference to her unborn child.

(Photo from the original article.)