January 2018 Newsletter: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety

A note from the midwife:

"We are so excited! We are having a baby!" It is wonderful, the possibilities are endless. We think of cute baby outfits, blankets & watching our little one grow up .  .  .  . However, mothers are often not aware that depression & anxiety are common, both in pregnancy & even more so after birth, & that mothers need to think about how to take care of ourselves as well as a newborn.

Support, emotional & physical, is so important when starting a new family. It is important to be aware & reach out for help if the world is darker, scarier, or sadder in our new pregnancy or with our newborn. There is so much help available for new mothers, it is up to mothers, their partners, friends & family to see that they receive this help.
In this issue are listed some of the resources available to mothers. You are not alone! Please reach out & keep reaching out until the help that you need is received. We support & love each of the mothers who are struggling.  This information is to help you on your journey to a bright & happy motherhood that is waiting at the end of the tunnel.  - Becky

Signs & Symptoms To Look For:

Baby Blues- Signs include weepiness, irritability, feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Resolves or dramatically improves the first three weeks after childbirth.
Depression & Anxiety- Symptoms include feeling anxious, agitated, sleeping too much or difficulty “sleeping when the baby sleeps”, excessive worrying, tearfulness, irritability, anger, guilt & shame.
Panic-  Signs include feeling worried, anxious or very nervous most of the time
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder- This can occur during pregnancy or following a childbirth which is perceived as traumatic & usually involves distressing memories, irritability, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, hyper-vigilance, & efforts to avoid reminders of the trauma
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-
 Symptoms include intrusive and disturbing thoughts and/or images of harm coming to the baby, as well as a sense of horror about having these thoughts.

For a PPD Self Test, please visit the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborativewebsite

The Birth Center Seminar Series:  Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders on January 20th, 10-12pm

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We are very excited to open up our 2018 Seminar Season with Monica Ashton, MSW, LCSW who will be presenting on Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders....aka Postpartum Depression & Anxiety.  She will be discussing the various emotional & mental struggles that are associated with Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders.  Monica will be covering screening tools available that can be used by any professional to help identify a mother that needs extra support.  She will also be discussing how to support mothers during pregnancy & the postpartum period, as well as their partners. Local and national resources available to support mothers struggling with depression & anxiety will also be address & resources will be given.

Monica Ashton is the Director of Maternal Mental Health at The Healing Group and has been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years. She has had specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from world renown therapists in the field of Maternal Mental and Reproductive Mental Health. She has trained with Karen Kleiman, LCSW, Alice Domar, PhD, Sharon Covington, LCSW and Linda Applegarth, PhD. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and Volunteers for Postpartum Support International. She is a regular guest on the radio show and podcast, The Mom Show, bringing awareness to the community about maternal and reproductive mental health.

As always, all of our seminars are free and open to anyone wishing to attend.

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Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Progress

PPD Moms

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Local Provider Highlight:
The Healing Group

The Healing Group has been in existence since 2009 when a need emerged for specialized treatment in the field of maternal mental health. The Healing Group prides themselves on being a clinic of expert therapists with verified therapeutic specialties in maternal, reproductive, sexual and relational health and a community leader in the treatment perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
The Healing Group knows your needs are varied and unique. That’s why they offer a wide range of services to reflect those needs and circumstances. From individual and couples counseling, coaching, art therapy, online counseling, groups, classes, teleseminars, community outreach, and professional training, we are able to truly meet your specific needs. They also have Intern Clinic where they offer significantly reduced rate counseling sessions with a graduate level student under the supervision of our clinical team.

Please visit their site for information on the team, services offered & a wonderful list of resources for anyone needing advice & help. 


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