Mindful Meditation

Meditation I often talk about reducing stimulation to our autonomic nervous system. When our nervous system isn't overloaded, it's able to dodge zingers. There are so many ways to do this (fitness, drinking water, talking to someone you love)…

I was interviewed!

    I was asked for an interview with Voyage Houston. I was completely honored and for some reason, I really let it rip. I guess I haven't mastered the art of being guarded in an interview. ;-)  

Houston Mental Health Resources

Birth Support   BIRTH Fair Resource Guide Website: http://houbirth.org/resources/   MotherToBaby Safe Meds During Pregnancy Hotline Website: https://mothertobaby.org/   Counseling   Mama Psych…

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is saying NO. When people ask. Say no. Unless your heart sings YES, say no. Don’t give excuses. Remove the word “because” from after your NO. When people are curious, just say no. One of the best tips I was…

What are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)?

What are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)? Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) are a set of disorders that can occur anytime during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. PMAD includes Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Obsessive…

Online Resources

www.postpartum.net www.postpartumstress.com www.ppdsupportpage.com www.postpartumdads.org www.postpartumprogress.com www.wellpostpartum.com www.reconceivingloss.com/health-post-1/ www.stillbirthday.com/2011/11/19/starthere/ …

Books

This Isn’t What I Expected by Karen Kleiman, MSW and Valerie Raskin, MD Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide by Ann Dunnewold, PhD The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum…

What Factors Increase My Chance of Developing PMAD?

Personal or family history of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety or panic disorder, bipolar disorder or any other emotional illness including pregnancy can increase chances of PMAD. History of severe Premenstrual Syndrome …

What Can I Do to Decrease My Risk of Developing PMAD?

Educate yourself and your loved ones about PMAD. Share the information you read with your loved ones. It is very important they are aware of the signs and symptoms of PMAD. Eat a balanced diet. Take your prenatal vitamins and make sure…

Young Living Essential Oils

I completed my dissertation on the study of essential oil use for supportive care in counseling for anxiety and mood disorders. I found out some really great information. My family has been using the young living oils since 1994, and I have…