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Model/TV Personality Chrissy Teigen Opens Up about her Postpartum Depression

Monday, 3/20/2017

Celebrity Chrissy Teigen opened up about her experience and struggle with postpartum depression in an essay for Glamour magazine's April 2017 issue. Teigen describes what many new mothers go through in the experience of postpartum, beginning with the dismissal of symptoms (such as irritability, low energy, frequent crying, and loss of joy in activities that previously brought happiness/fulfillment) as mere exhaustion after giving birth. In her essay Teigen also describes the toll had on her physically--aching bones, back pain, headaches, vomitting, inability to sleep, etc. By sharing her experience with PPD, Teigen hopes to bring awareness to this mental mood disorder while also letting other mothers know that they are not alone. Please check out the full essay at the link: http://www.glamour.com/story/chrissy-teigen-postpartum-depression?mbid=p...

An Effective Alternative for Reducing Stress and Depression among African American Women

Monday, 9/12/2016

A Northwestern University pilot study found that mindfulness training can be used to alleviate stress and depressive symptoms among African American women with lower socio-economic status. Mindfulness training includes techniques such as sitting meditation, yoga, mental body scans, and practicing self-awareness. After participating in the study, thirty-one women reported gaining the ability to recognize stressful triggers in their lives; their bodies’ reaction to these triggers; and an overall improvement and increase in well-being. Utilizing mindfulness training to combat stress and depressive symptoms offers an alternative to conventional treatment (e.g. psychotherapy, medication), which are often stigmatized in African American communities while also being financially out-of-reach. For more information on the study and its results, please check out the full article: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20160816/Mindfulness-training-helps-all...

New Depression Screening is Now Going to Include Postpartum

Wednesday, 5/25/2016

An article released in January 2016 has stated the US Preventive Services Task Force has now included screening for pregnany and postpartum women along with updating screening for adults 18 years and older.  The implementation of screening for pregnant and postpartum women has been long overdue and will assist in treating women as soon as possible if they do face postpartum depression.  Women are provided with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and although the follow up procedures have lacked in the past the American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that women be screen at the baby's first, second, and fourth month visit.  Following up is crucial and although many women are provided some sort of scale or survey there is no follow through.  It is a step closer to getting women into treatment as soon as possible and looking at mothers to ensure they are healthy for their baby.  Please check out the full article attached in this blog. 

What Hospitals Are Not Disclosing When it Comes to the Price of Delivering a Baby

Wednesday, 5/11/2016

Ever wonder how much it costs to give birth to a baby?  Ther are many hidden costs that hospitals do not disclose to consumers or flat out have no idea how much the average birth will cost.  The frustrating journey of one couple discloses their process as they anxiously awaited the birth of their son.  Check out this informative video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tct38KwROdw&feature=youtu.be

One Step Closer to Helping those with PPD

Wednesday, 5/11/2016

With 1 in 8 women dealing with postpartum depression, Republican Senator Dean Heller has propsed for routine screening and treatment options for pregant and postpartum women.  The bill won commitee approval in March and is striving for program funding for the fiscal years of 2017 through 2021.  This is a great advancement for the many women out there who do not get the treatment needed.  For the full article visit http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/bill-treating-postpartum-depression-wins-committee-support

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