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Archive for January 2018

21 Ridiculous Reasons Moms’ Mental Health Wasn’t Taken Seriously

Despite assurances from health care providers that maternal mental health issues are taken seriously, we know from our lived experience this isn’t always the case. There are many instances where a mom has reached out for help only to be met with blank stares. Or worse yet, ridiculous reasons why what they’re experiencing is either…

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Celeste Chapko: Evidenced-based Research Means our Daughters will Have a Different Reality

My name is Celeste Chapko and I am SO excited to be joining the Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative as a Patient Expert Advisor. My experience with maternal mental health began when I was pregnant with my daughter, just over five years ago. When I was seven months pregnant with her, I started to experience…

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Patient Expert Advisors: Moms with Lived Experience

We’re excited that we’re finally ready to introduce our first group of amazing Patient Expert Advisors to the MMHRC community. Late last fall we put out a call for moms to join MMHRC and put their insight as patients to good use. We learned a lot from interviewing applicants. These conversations helped to set the…

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No More Excuses: Providers Are Accountable for Their Lack of Knowledge About Moms’ Mental Health

No more excuses

When it comes to maternal mental health, there’s always an excuse as to why moms get bad treatment. It may be that screening takes too long. There is a duty to report if a mom is thought to be a danger to her child. Psychiatrists are the best professionals to handle mental illness. OBs don’t…

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Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Don’t Get Any Better – But You Do

PPD Doesn

It’s been over four years since I had my son and my journey into the world of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, like postpartum depression and anxiety, began. Since then I’ve spent plenty of time managing my own recovery, but I’ve also spent countless hours providing peer support to other women. The question that’s asked…

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A Simple Guide to Hormone Health for Exhausted Moms

Hormones play a vital role in a whole host of things that go on in our bodies. They’re involved in everything from sleep and appetite, regulating our energy levels to how and where we gain weight. Hormones can also play with our moods, and lead to increased anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness, depression and rage!…

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Postpartum Depression Doesn’t Just End After One Year

Postpartum depression and other mood disorders are confusing. To start, there’s a lot of misconception about when the postpartum period ends. And that misconception leads to confusion and arbitrary rules about when and how moms can get help. It can also dictate the type of health care provider that moms have access to. Too many…

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