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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Letter from Perinatal Support Washington Executive Director, Allie Lindsay Johnson Dear PS-WA Community,  Since joining Perinatal Support Washington last fall, I’ve had the joy and privilege to meet many of you and hear your stories. I think it’s about time I share mine. Until this Seattle Times piece last week, the story I shared widely…

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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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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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No doubt these are uncertain times and uncertainty can lead to increased anxiety and depression. With children at home looking to us for comfort and a sense of safety this can all feel overwhelming. For providers you are juggling your practice, your clients and your own family. Below are just a few strategies for coping…

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Miscarriage.  It’s hard enough to talk about even with your partner.  Rarely does it get discussed in casual conversation.  While it is sad and often seen as private, it is not uncommon or unnatural like many people believe.  Misperceptions and myths about the ending of a pregnancy abound, making the difficult event even harder to…

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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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“When you have a baby, you set off an explosion in your marriage. And when the dust settles, your marriage is different from what it was.” –Nora Ephron Among the dirty little secrets that surround new parenthood, relationship conflict with a partner or spouse almost always makes the short list, often rising to the very…

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There seems to be no shortage of information available to the newly pregnant couple. Myriad books, blogs, and online articles cover just about everything you may wish to know about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. However, if you want to know what your sex life might be like after transitioning to parenthood, you may…

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It’s like a never-ending chicken and the egg situation. Which came first? How body image impacts sex impacts relationship satisfaction. Working with new moms and their partners often brings up this cycle. There may be disappointment with body after baby, disappointments with what sex after baby looks like or feels like (or that it is…

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