Perfect to Panicked: My Struggle With Postpartum Anxiety

By: Haley Bradenburg, PS-WA Clinical Extern Content warning: Postpartum Anxiety, intrusive thoughts Dear Perinatal Support Washington community, In 2014 I had an incredible homebirth with a midwife for my second son’s birth. We both had minimal or no complications. I felt empowered, and, as though nothing could possibly hinder my ability to be the best…

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My Fight To Stay Afloat: Postpartum Anxiety

By Angie Myers, PS-WA Board Member Content warning: Postpartum Anxiety, intrusive thoughts When my son Joseph was born, I was elated after a wonderful delivery with an incredible OB. During my maternity leave, my spring baby and I took daily walks and did lots of tummy time. I was on cloud nine, feeling like maybe…

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Postpartum Psychosis in A Pandemic: My Story Part 2

By: Allie Lindsay Johnson, PS-WA Executive Director Content warning: Postpartum Psychosis, NICU With my experience of depression following a miscarriage, I was on the look-out for signs of depression. It never occurred to me I’d develop the most rare of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders: Postpartum psychosis.  My little girl Evie’s IUGR – intrauterine growth…

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My Story of Loss: From Feeling Isolated to Understood

By: Heather, Parent Education & Resilience Collaborative (PERC) participant If you are in the process of trying to be a parent, pregnant, or parenting and living in King County, our local Parent Resilience Specialists are available for you to help make those strides with confidence. To get more information call our Warm Line (1-888-404-7763) and ask…

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Resources for Creating Anti-Racist Perinatal Mental Health Practices

Live Trainings:  Please visit our website to see a list of community trainings coming up.  https://perinatalsupport.org/for-providers/ Self Paced Trainings available on demand:  Hey, White Therapist, Here’s Where We Start (Ep. 92) A Free 1 CE Credit Hour Podcast Continuing Education Course Moving Beyond Cultural Competence to Anti-Racism 6 Crucial Steps to Decolonize Your Therapy Practice…

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Resources for Healing Racial Trauma

Perinatal Support Washington recognizes that resources to heal racial trauma is not the cure for the impact of racism on Black communities. Instead, consistent action to dismantle systems that are inequitable and based on white supremacy are the actions needed.  The resources listed have been compiled to provide added support for the Black community while…

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COVID-19 Information and Links for Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

Updated 3/24/2020 FAQ for pregnancy, birth, and newborns:  We are hearing reports that hospitals are limiting support people at births, screening support people before allowing them in, and possibly separating birthing parents who are symptomatic from newborns.  There is also the potential for a lot of misinformation, or conflicting information. If a parent is full…

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COVID Resources for Therapists, Birth Professionals & Health Care Providers

Resources for Health Care providers:  Free account with Headspace  https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19 Free/low cost virtual platforms:  https://www.hca.wa.gov/billers-providers-partners/prior-authorization-claims-and-billing/request-zoom-license-connect Google Hangouts Meet – HIPAA compliant available through Gsuite $5-10 per month.   Regroup Therapy- free HIPAA compliant software Weekly Support Meeting for those that are Helpers  Community Connection Circle Facilitated by Crystal Gurney Most Tuesdays- for more info on meeting…

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Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Resources for People of Color

Stress Reduction Resources (mindfulness, movement, meditation) Updated 4/13/2020 Stress reduction sites Center for Mindfulness Stress Reduction UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Center– UCSD Center for Mindfulness COVID Response Stress Reduction Resources by and for People of Color Spanish Mindfulness Audio links to listen and practice: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/free-online-mindfulness-courses/uclas-guided-meditations-english-spanish/ Audio links to listen and practice: http://bilingualmindfulness.com/guided-meditations Handouts, FAQs about mindfulness practice, RAIN worksheet https://www.tarabrach.com/en-espanol/…

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