When I graduated from college, I had to choose someone to walk behind me during the ceremony and carry my “hood.” At the precise moment, these individuals would be called to place the hood over our head marking our place as a graduate. My mother was given this honor as I felt that she had seen me to this place and I knew that she would help me to move forward. It was a powerful metaphor and a right of passage that helped to mark a moment.
It is hard to believe, but Postpartum Support Virginia (PSVa) is about to enter into its second decade of working to provide awareness of, screening for and support to moms suffering from Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) – the NUMBER ONE complication of pregnancy and childbirth. There is so much to share with you as we launch our new decade, including many changes and new initiatives underway. Change is what we excel in; in fact, change is what we gently guide new mothers through as they navigate through the many challenges that perinatal transitions may cause.
I’ve thought a lot about what I carry with me since my battle with postpartum mental illness. My journey was long and my symptoms ranged from detachment to suicidality to crippling anxiety to insomnia to hallucinations and beyond.
I recall feeling so alone, afraid, ashamed, depressed, and anxious. This place of darkness scared me but it was also the place where God met me. I am embracing my life and sharing my story of hope.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the FIRST-EVER drug (brexanolone, brand name ZULPRESSO) specifically indicated to treat postpartum depression (PPD).
Kimberly Barnard-Bracey turned to a small group of women inside a room at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center on a recent weekday afternoon.
What happens to a woman’s psychological development when she becomes a mother?
A graduation of sorts…except there’s no diploma just a toddler. A walking, shrieking, joyful, maniac of a toddler. The diploma is easier…
Postpartum Support Virginia has been awarded the 2018 Maternal Mental Health Community Solutions Innovation Award by the 2020Mom Project and Marce of North America (MONA). The award was made in partnership with Postpartum Support International (PSI) and...
Two companies are testing medications specifically designed to treat postpartum depression (PPD). The new medications are progesterone compounds in both IV (infusion) and tablet (oral) forms. Patients in the trials are often experiencing symptom relief within a few days.
TRICARE is the health care program for uniformed service members, retirees, and their families around the world. Unfortunately, not many mental health providers accept TRICARE, making it tough for moms with PMADs to get individual counseling.
New mothers need to recover from the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. While some women bounce right back, most new mothers are exhausted and overwhelmed, struggling to gain some control over their body and their baby.