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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Recurrence Rates and Risk Factors in Perinatal Mood Disorders

Anyone who works regularly with perinatal women will eventually find themselves face to face with a worried mother in their office thinking about becoming pregnant or already pregnant with her second (or third) child. The most likely question that this woman will ask is “What are my chances of getting postpartum depression (anxiety, psychosis) again?”…

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Preparing for PMADs in Subsequent Pregnancies

As providers specializing in postpartum support, we all will encounter clients who are looking for support for an upcoming delivery after experiencing symptoms of PMAD. As providers it is our role to support our clients in planning and preparing for the possibility of a second experience with a PMAD. Our role is a unique one.…

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PPMDs, My Second Baby and Me

Hi, my name is Sabine and I suffered from Postpartum Anxiety, Depression and OCD. This is my story on deciding to have another child. If you are thinking about having another child after experiencing a postpartum mood disorder, I want you to know that you will make the right choice, you are strong and you…

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Resources for Maternal Ambivalence and Regret

For ProvidersThe Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood By Barbara AlmondMixed feelings about motherhood—uncertainty over having a child, fears of pregnancy and childbirth, or negative thoughts about one’s own children—are not just hard to discuss, they are a powerful social taboo. Barbara Almond brings this troubling issue to light. She uncovers the roots of…

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in the Perinatal Period

Terri Buysse Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that often worsens or comes on rapidly during the perinatal period. It is found in 2 to 3% of the general population but at a much higher rate in the perinatal population. According to Chaudron et al., 29% of participants in their study had sufficient symptomatology for…

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Perinatal Anxiety Resources for Clinicians

Books, Guides and Workbooks The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook by Kevin Gyoerkoe PsyD, ACT, Laura Miller MD, Pamela Wiegartz PhD, ACT.  This anxiety workbook offers proven-effective strategies drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for keeping anxious or obsessive thoughts at bay and getting back to productive and positive thinking.  Through a series of exercises…

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