Wisdom of the Hive Mind: Postpartum Birth Plan

I am honored to write a blog series I’m entitling “Wisdom of the Hive Mind”, in which I will be addressing various issues related to postpartum and perinatal issues. For this series, I have the pleasure of interviewing mothers about their challenges, struggles, surprises and joys related to pregnancy and the months following birth. None of these women are clients of mine, but all are courageous and beautiful mothers with their own unique...

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Wisdom of the Hive Mind: Postpartum Anxiety

I am honored to write a blog series I’m entitling “Wisdom of the Hive Mind”, which will be addressing various issues related to postpartum and perinatal issues. For this series, I have the pleasure of interviewing mothers about their challenges, struggles, surprises and joys related to pregnancy and the months following birth. None of these women are clients of mine, but all are courageous and beautiful mothers with their own unique stories to...

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Supporting the Postpartum Parent

Bringing a child into this world is a miraculous and beautiful process, unique to every family.  It is also fraught with many unknowns (what does this type of cry mean?  Is my baby OK?  When’s the next time I should feed her? Is she cold?  etc, etc),. Not to mention the overwhelming responsibility of caring for a vulnerable being who is brand new to this world and has constant needs, none of which they can verbally communicate.  Following the...

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Postpartum Preparation

The transition to motherhood is a beautiful time, and can also be very challenging.  The truth is, most women in their childbearing years struggle at some point.  Statistically, about 10-15% of women suffer from Postpartum Mood Disorders.  Most women will experience the Baby Blues, which is very different from Postpartum Depression.  The Baby Blues usually occur shortly after having the baby and can last several hours or weeks.  It is more...

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Third Party Reproduction Family Building Stories

There are various unique issues that arise in explaining the “origin story” to a child of third party reproduction using Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART).  Luckily with the aid of modern medicine there are a plethora of ways to create your family via gamete donation or gestational carriers, or any combination thereof.  Fortunately, there is growing awareness and education around family building via third party reproduction, though there...

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss

Nearly a third of conceptions end in some sort of pregnancy loss, 80% of which occur in the first trimester. 14% of pregnancy loss occur during the second trimester, and 6% occur in the third trimester. These statistics of course mean very little when you have lost your baby. Pregnancy loss brings about a variety of feelings around grief, the most immediate reactions usually being intense sadness and emptiness. Since some causes of pregnancy...

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