13 05, 2015

Fox 5 TV Appearance: Preventing Postpartum Depression

By |2018-02-28T21:09:50-07:00May 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Postpartum Health Alliance|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Watch Abby talk on the morning news with Fox 5 morning anchor, Shally Zomorodi.

It was my privilege to talk a little about postpartum depression in moms and dads and how to prevent it. In case you missed it, watch below:

12 05, 2015

Chula’s Mission: Helping Girls without Mothers

By |2016-11-01T21:48:41-07:00May 12th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Mental Wellness, Parenting|Tags: , , |2 Comments

My daughter and I had a unique opportunity this past Mother’s Day weekend. We received an invitation to attend a fundraiser called “Once Upon an Apron” for the non-profit Chula’s Mission. The mission of Chula’s Mission is mentoring and nurturing motherless girls. They provide free services to girls during the critical ages of 11- to 13-years-old. Services include cooking classes, grief counseling and mentoring. The idea of cooking classes really resonates with me, as cooking is part of my own personal self-care and a highlight of raising my daughters.

Chula's Mission San Diego

Scatena Daniels, a philanthropy-focused communications firm, extended the invitation, and was proud to sponsor the event, along with Brian Malarkey’s Green Acres and KyXy 96.5. I […]

23 04, 2015

May Campaign: Depression and Anxiety are the #1 Complication of Pregnancy and Postpartum

By |2016-11-01T21:48:41-07:00April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Did you know that depression and anxiety are the number one complication of pregnancy and postpartum? One in seven women suffer from either postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety or both. Symptoms can start either during the pregnancy, after, or last through both. Despite how common mental health symptoms are, many women are afraid to speak up and ask for help. Join me in reducing stigma and letting everyone know that it is okay to ask for help.

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Affect 1 in 7 Women. Share and let moms know it is okay to ask for help!

The National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH), the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (2020 Mom’s Project), and San Diego’s Postpartum Health Alliance are partnering to raise […]

1 03, 2015

How to Get Involved with the Postpartum Health Alliance

By |2016-11-01T21:48:41-07:00March 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Postpartum Health Alliance|Tags: , |2 Comments

This coming Wednesday the Postpartum Health Alliance is hosting the Annual Meet and Greet at Gordon Biersch in Mission Valley. The happy hour is an opportunity to find out about how to get involved with PHA, chat with current members and meet the 2015 executive board. (Spoiler: Yes, I’m on the board this year.)

As my grandpa used to say, “Food is very unimportant,” (usually while going for a fourth or fifth helping.) The PHA will host heavy appetizers and there will be drinks available for purchase. I’ve also found the company to be friendly, diverse and interesting.

The Postpartum Health Alliance is a San Diego non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about postpartum emotional disorders and providing support and treatment referrals to women and their families who are struggling with them.

We are a volunteer driven group and help is ALWAYS needed. Here […]

6 12, 2014

Why I Want to Look at My Phone Less around My Baby

By |2016-11-01T21:48:42-07:00December 6th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Parenting, Postpartum Health Alliance|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

I have found my New Year’s Resolution for 2015. I want to consciously avoid using my cell phone around my young children. Specifically, checking email, social media, and all those other things I do with my smart phone other than talk. My motivation is not fear of radiation. (Although I do have some concerns about radiation from cell phone use, especially around young brains, and have pre-ordered a SafeSleeve anti-radiation smart phone case.) My concern is being “checked out” and the pain it could cause my babies.

Screen Shot of Still Face Experiment

I recently watched a video of the 1975 “Still Face Experiment” by Dr. Edward Tronick. It was painful to see the baby’s distress at seeing her unresponsive mother. The mother is there physically, […]

31 10, 2014

Older First Time Moms at Increased Risk of Depression

By |2016-11-01T21:48:42-07:00October 31st, 2014|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A recent study showed an increased risk of postpartum depression in women of advanced maternal age. Specifically, first time moms between the ages of 40-44 had statistically higher rates of depression than women ages 30-35.

older mom and baby from freedigitalphotos.net and hyena reality

The MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health reported on the article, which was published last month in a Canadian journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The researchers did not uncover WHY older mothers are at an increased risk for postpartum depression, but they did have two theories. One, they believe it is possible that first time moms over 40 may have more difficultly during pregnancy and a more difficult adjustment to motherhood. Another possibility is that older moms may feel less peer support if they […]

15 10, 2014

Culture and Language in Therapy with New and Expecting Parents

By |2017-02-04T23:06:45-07:00October 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 […]

20 09, 2014

A Mother’s Unprocessed Childhood Experiences Can Decrease Her Ability to Respond Appropriately to Her Baby’s Cries

By |2016-11-01T21:48:42-07:00September 20th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , |2 Comments

A study released last week¹ in Child Development provides new evidence that a mom’s ability to respond appropriately to her baby’s cries depends on her level of depression and her own childhood experiences.

crying baby

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The healthiest way to respond to an upset baby (quickly, consistently and warmly) was associated with mothers with healthier emotional development. Mothers who are depressed or who have problems regulating their emotions are more likely to focus on themselves and their own stress, rather than on the needs of the baby.¹

My two cents: New moms don’t want to focus on themselves, especially in something like therapy. This new study indicates yet another reason why taking a little time to be selfish and stay healthy is BEST FOR BABY. What keeps you healthy and balanced? In my […]

13 09, 2014

Win the Ultimate New Parent Prize Pack Worth Over $800

By |2016-11-01T21:48:42-07:00September 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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24 08, 2014

Social Change on a Policy Level is Needed to Ease Pressures on New Moms and Dads

By |2016-11-01T21:48:42-07:00August 24th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The American Sociological Association recently released a paper: “Nature and Culture: Lay Accounts of Perinatal Mental Health Disorders.” In it, Carrie Wendel-Hummell, a University of Kansas doctoral candidate in sociology, reports that it is not just hormones playing a role, but societal factors. She presented her study on perinatal mental health disorders at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

For more, see this article adapted by Medical News Today from the original press release.

My two cents?

I majored in both psychology and sociology in college, and tend to look at a person in the context of their world, so this resonates with my view. I love that she mentioned the pressures on not just moms but dads as well. Also discussed are the various pressures on both working class and middle class families. There is an utter lack […]