Tag Archives: maternal health

Five things you should know about respectful maternity care and birth trauma

Five things you should know about respectful maternity care and birth trauma

In October 2015, my work took me to a global strategy meeting on maternal and newborn health. Nearly 2,000 of us (researchers, advocates and service providers) from 75 different countries gathered together to discuss the current state of maternity care and develop the global agenda going forward into the next decade.   What was at… Read More

What can you do about birth trauma?

What can you do about birth trauma?

This advocacy piece was originally published on The Huffington Post.   Every new mother’s worst nightmare keep showing up in my Facebook and Instagram feed. A detailed account of a birth experience hijacked by an insensitive provider. Ruminating thoughts about what birth “could have been like.” Flashbacks and triggers continuing on well into the toddler… Read More

How a postpartum eco-map can make the transition back to work easier

How a postpartum eco-map can make the transition back to work easier

So, I’ll start by answering the obvious question: What the heck is an eco-map? Simply put, it’s a visual tool that helps us assess our connections with family, community and social networks, paying special attention to the quality of these relationships. And it’s been the foundation of my postpartum planning as I navigate through my… Read More

The importance of listening & being heard

The importance of listening & being heard

There’s been plenty of time when I’ve shared my thoughts and looked up only to be met by a blank gaze. Sure, the person might have been staring at me, but they weren’t really listening. I was expecting some visual confirmation. A nod. A smile. Anything really. Some acknowledgement that I had just shared something.… Read More

How to approach your provider and get the care you deserve

How to approach your provider and get the care you deserve

Waiting for a doctor’s visit where you know you need to ask a question that leaves you vulnerable can be terrifying.   Why can’t I sleep even when my baby’s sleeping? Why can’t I enjoy the things I used to enjoy? Why do I feel so numb and overwhelmed? How do I know if I’m… Read More

Postpartum Depression and Lots of Self-compassion

Postpartum Depression and Lots of Self-compassion

I have the honor of sharing Cindy Patterson’s Mama Story with you today, and we are getting into a topic that is under-shared far too often: postpartum depression. The World Health Organization estimates that 10-15% of all mothers experience postpartum depression, yet it is under-diagnosed and under-treated. Cindy shares the intimate details of what it… Read More

From the Boston Marathon to Breastfeeding And Back Again

From the Boston Marathon to Breastfeeding And Back Again

I am thrilled to share a Mama Story from Stephanie Morton with you today. If you have ever seen a fellow mother that looked like they were in fantastic shape and wondered “How in the world is that even possible?” then you definitely enjoy Stephanie’s story. Stephanie gives a behind the scenes peek of pre-pregnancy marathon run, to… Read More