This week we tackle a very important subject: postpartum depression and anxiety. We talked to expert, Gabrielle Kaufman MA,LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC a clinical counselor with over 20 years of experience in the helping profession who currently serves as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Maternal Mental Health Now. An organization that works to ensure mothers are receiving proper diagnosis and mental health support during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. 

We talked about how to identify the signs of postpartum depression and anxiety. Including how to distinguish between baby blues, and depression.

Why if something feels so different that you can’t function, then it’s time to ask someone about it: You can ask your family, your doctor, someone at your church.

Why we need to break through common misconceptions about postpartum depression that exist in Latino communities and in the media.

Learn what is the first step you should take if you suspect you are suffering from postpartum depression.

Why postpartum depression doesn’t just happen to women who gave birth recently.

Paulina also talks about her own experience dealing with postpartum depression and shares how we can be helpful to other women suffering from this.

They also share the one thing you should never tell a woman who just had a baby. How misconceptions about motherhood hurt women and their families.

We dive into the difference between postpartum depression, anxiety and postpartum psychosis.

Our expert also shares good news,  that the majority of women suffering from postpartum depression recover after treatment and support.

As a mother herself, she also gets real about the not so fun parts of motherhood.

We also talk about how all moms can feel better about themselves post-baby, including how to find time for yourself, and how to tune into your sensual and feminine side.

We also tell you about our adventures at Disneyland and give you an update on potty training our toddlers.

If you or someone you know suspects they are suffering from postpartum depression or need someone to talk to after delivering a baby please call 1.800.944.4773 or visit postpartum.net

For information about finding a mental health provider in Los Angeles County please visit MaternalMentalHealthNow.Org

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Tips of the Week:

  • Channel feminine energy by moving and touching. Lighting candles and smelling good. Let yourself feel sensual.

  • Breastfeeding leads to vaginal dryness, use lubrication and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

  • Think of other ways to be sensual together that might not involve sex, like dancing or taking a bath together.