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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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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Caring for couples can look different from client to client. It is important to understand the dynamic of the couple prior to the pregnancy, during pregnancy and at the birth to create a plan to care for couples who have experienced perinatal loss.  Understanding the history of the couple initially either during intake with the…

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Grief like people can look differently. It can carry itself differently. Oftentimes, grief can show itself in ways that are surprising too. There are many varying factors to processing grief through perinatal loss; these include but are not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, medical or elective termination, infertility related grief, and trauma. The Kubler -Ross Stages…

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For professionals working with women of child bearing years, it is inevitable that you will one day have a client walk through your door who has experienced some sort of loss. For these clients there are some specific tools that can encourage and support a therapeutic relationship and support them during the process of healing.…

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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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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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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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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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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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