“Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)” is a series of three self-paced online courses available in the Welcome Home Baby School that covers everything you need to know in order to understand the full range of postpartum mood issues and their different treatment options – including self-management strategies, therapy, medication, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine approaches – and how to access care for yourself or for someone you love.
“Understanding the Difference Between Normal Postpartum Adjustment, the “Baby Blues,” and PMADs”
“Preventing PMADs, Self-Management Strategies, and When to Get Professional Help”
“Understanding Different Treatment Options for PMADs and How to Access Care”
I have created a series of guides packed with all the information I've found most relevant and practical in helping new and expectant parents prepare for and navigate the 4th trimester and beyond.
An evidence-based, safety conscious guide to creating your perfect baby registry!
Similar to a birth plan, this is a written plan for your and your partner’s goals and preferences for the first few months after bringing your baby home.
How to Not Just Survive, but Enjoy, the First Two Weeks Home With Baby
It can often be difficult to know what is considered "normal" during the 4th trimester, so this chart helps clarify the difference between the most common mental and emotional experiences of new (birthing) mothers during the postpartum period, including the "Baby Blues," postpartum depression, and postpartum anxiety.
These discussion tools are designed for a new or expecting parent to bring to a visit with their healthcare provider to start a conversation about their mental health.
The "prenatal visit" tool includes a checklist of risk factors to help the provider understand more about the parent’s situation and get a better sense of their personal risk, and also has a checklist of common symptoms of PMADs that present during pregnancy, so the provider can help the parent determine if starting therapy or medication now would be the best course of action for their own health and the health of their baby.
The “6-week checkup” discussion tool can actually be used at any time postpartum, with any provider. It has a checklist of different descriptors of a parent’s personal situation, including things they may have experienced as part of their birth or since their baby has been born that increase their risk of developing a PMAD. It also has a checklist of symptoms - ways that PMADs often present during those first few months and weeks - so the parent can more easily communicate the ways they are struggling so their provider can better understand what kind of help they may need.
This is my full list of all the books I recommend to support parents during the postpartum period, including everything from books about baby care, workbooks, relationship-strengthening books, books for dads and queer parents, and books that are personal accounts of postpartum depression and postpartum rage.