Tag Archives: mental health

These are the people you want around after birth

These are the people you want around after birth

I had a wide range of individuals to help me through a rough first trimester. I had a friend just a weeks weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy, who became my go-to person when it came to seeing how things would shift for me in the weeks to come. I had an acupuncturist and… 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

I’m Hiding Right There, Under The Pile of Laundry

I’m Hiding Right There, Under The Pile of Laundry

  This month’s Mama Story is from Parrish Wilson, who has made an award-winning career out of writing from the heart and teaching others to do the same. Parrish’s writing is always touching, inspiring, and brutally honest. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I have! You can sign up for the entire series… 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

Three mind-body strategies for managing frustration

Three mind-body strategies for managing frustration

Picture this You finally managed to find the time to scrub a reddish brownish stain out of your couch. It could have been ketchup. Might have been fruit juice. May be something else from a really long time ago that has since turned that reddish brownish color. Nevertheless, you got it out and are taking… Read More

What I Wish I had Known: Gifts I’d Give My Younger Self to Avoid Postpartum Meltdown

What I Wish I had Known: Gifts I’d Give My Younger Self to Avoid Postpartum Meltdown

I have the great honor of sharing Amanda Harrison’s Mama Story with you today. I’ve been a fan of Amanda’s insightful writing since stumbling across her work about a year ago. And in planning this series, I knew she would be a contributor. Her positivity is contagious. Where others may see deficits, Amanda finds joy… Read More

From Independent Woman to Motherhood: 33 years of “Me Time” turned upside down

From Independent Woman to Motherhood: 33 years of “Me Time” turned upside down

Ana Acosta is sharing her Mama Story with us today. Ana is the Jill-of-all-trades in my life. If I have a question (about anything) I can usually get a good answer from her or find out who has the best answer. But what I love about her post is that, despite being an expert in… Read More

Motherhood: My Life with Light

Motherhood: My Life with Light

My dear friend Kim Swanson is sharing her Mama Story with you today, and fair-warning: it’s a tear-jerker! To be fair, I am most definitely a crier and pretty much every single story I am sharing with you over these next few days made my eyes water. Kim’s story made the tears spill out for… 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