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The way we (don’t) talk about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders is so unfair to women experiencing them. Generally speaking, we take a hands-off approach, not talking about these issues even though they are the MOST COMMON complication of pregnancy and...

Breast is Best

“Breast is best” is a nice slogan with a catchy rhyme and good cadence. Fortunately, many new mothers and their babies find that breastfeeding is easy and natural. However, some women find breastfeeding to be difficult, painful, or unpleasant.

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important, least expensive, most effective aspects of recovery from a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. In general, most healthy adults need 7-9 hours of sleep to function at their best. Sleep occurs in phases, and interruptions to the...

May the Sun Shine on You Today

Every once in a while, I see a greeting card that sums up a sentiment perfectly. Here’s one that I’ve had hanging on my bulletin board for several years. I smile every time I look at it. What makes it so “perfect”? First, it is short and sweet.

Tully

Adrienne Griffen, PSVa Executive Director, saw the movie Tully on opening night with Benta Sims (PSVa Board member) and Lydia Anderson (PSVa volunteer). Adrienne shares some of their thoughts about the movie... Is Tully a comedy? No, in no way is Tully a comedy. While...

Antidepressants and Autism?

A new study -- entitled "Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children" -- concludes that use of antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, during the second and/or third trimester increases the...

May Is Maternal Mental Health Month!

The Virginia General Assembly has issued the following proclamation

House Joint Resolution No. 606

Designating May, in 2015 and in each succeeding year

ACOG Encourages Screening!

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a report (4/23/2015) recommending screening new and expectant mothers for anxiety and depression.  Read the Committee Opinion HERE. This is BIG NEWS.  Finally, clinicians are being encouraged to...

My Baby States

Read to Me and I'll Teach You About....My Baby States is a must-have for any new parent.  Authored by PSVa volunteer Jennifer Brown Guiney, My Baby States is an easy-to-read guide to the six stages of wakefulness.  This book is hot off the presses and available NOW....

DMV Resources

Here are two great resources in the DC-MD-VA metro area: DMV PAIL (Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network) is a Facebook community offering information and support for pregnancy and infant loss. DMV PMH (Perinatal Mental Health) Resource Guide  is a a comprehensive current...

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