PMADs

Giving Birth During a Pandemic: 3 Factors that Impact Maternal Mental Health

Posted: May 25, 2020 at 6:29 pm   /   Birth, COVID, PMADs, Risk Factors

By Amanda Freeman, Ph.D., PMH-C The birth of a child can be one of the most wonderful, amazing, and joyous experiences of a woman’s life. Even in the best of times, it can also be incredibly challenging and emotional. Having a baby during the COVID-19 pandemic adds an unexpected and enormous layer of emotional tension […]

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A Friend in Need- Three Steps to Help Moms Who are Struggling

Posted: September 16, 2019 at 3:40 am   /   PMADs, Postpartum, Resources, Support a Loved One

By PHA Board Member Shelly Tregembo. With one in five mothers experiencing depression or anxiety during or after their pregnancy, the need for all of us to have a good understanding of how to reach out and get our friends and loved ones connected to care is crucial. Depending on each mom’s situation, different resources […]

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: A Therapist’s Overview

Posted: August 5, 2019 at 4:22 pm   /   Blog, EMDR, PMADs, Postpartum PTSD, Therapy

Gretchen Mallios, LCSW, RYT is a therapist in private practice in San Diego and past President of Postpartum Health Alliance. In addition, she is the founder of Positively Yoga, where she and other instructors offer therapeutic yoga and mindfulness services to support emotional health Many people compare pregnancy and parenting to a roller coaster, filled […]

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Conversations that Count: Ask a Dad about His Journey

Posted: June 26, 2019 at 6:54 pm   /   Blog, Paternal Mental Health, PMADs, Resources, Wellness

By Dr. Daniel Singley, Ph.D. International Fathers’ Mental Health Day (IFMHD) was on June 17th (the day after Father’s Day), so I wanted to take a quick look at an often-overlooked aspect of new fathers’ adjustment to parenthood: His own hormonal changes. Several of my colleagues founded IFMHD several years back as a way to […]

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Why I Climb.

Posted: May 16, 2019 at 5:44 pm   /   Blog, Community, PMADs, Wellness

Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA) is honored to co-host San Diego’s 5th annual Climb Out of the Darkness, the world’s largest event raising awareness about PMADs (perinatal mood and anxiety disorders). Please join us for this free, family-friendly event on June 15th at Kate Sessions Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Blog post by Julie […]

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5 Ways to Feel Physically & Mentally Empowered in Your Postpartum Journey

Posted: August 29, 2018 at 3:39 pm   /   Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Postpartum, Prevent PMADs, Resources, Wellness

Blog submitted by PHA Board Member Colleen Flaherty, B.A., NSCA-CSCS. Colleen is a strength coach and owner and founder of Prokreate. The mind and body are built to work in beautiful harmony, both feeding off each other for resiliency and growth. Your body is only as functional, strong, or healthy as your mind thinks it […]

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Please Be That Friend

Posted: July 27, 2018 at 6:09 am   /   Blog, PMADs, Postpartum, Support a Loved One, Wellness

Blog submitted by Semira Semino-Asaro, PhD, APRN, PHA Board Member   In recognition of the International Day of Friendship on July 30th, this month’s blog focuses on the strong bond between two women whose friendship proved to be a source of strength, love, comfort and healing as one struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety.  A […]

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3 Secrets to Surviving PMADs: Get the sleep support you need to rest, restore, resource, & recover

Posted: March 29, 2018 at 5:56 pm   /   Blog, Featured, PMADs, Resources, Sleep

  Written by Jen Varela, owner of Sugar Night Night & PHA President-Elect Jen is a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach®, co-author of “Loved to Sleep,” and founder of Sugar Night Night, a pediatric sleep consulting service. As a survivor of a PMAD herself, Jen has a deeper understanding of how to support parents experiencing PMADs in […]

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Helpful Tips When Working With Military Families

Posted: January 30, 2018 at 5:24 am   /   Blog, Military Families, Parenting Tips, PMADs, Risk Factors

  The following useful tips and insights were shared by a few PHA providers that work with military families.  These important themes and resources are important to consider as we continue our goal of providing well informed and appropriate care to those suffering with PMADs, in this case, the military families that make huge sacrifices […]

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Dancing Without You

Posted: September 30, 2016 at 6:23 pm   /   Blog, PMADs

As part of my senior capstone project at Brigham Young University, I had the privilege of working with a determined father and now widow to share the devastating story of his wife, Emily Cook Dyches, who passed away from the tragic effects of a perinatal mood disorder in February of 2016. When I started working […]

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