Tag Archives: social support

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

In late 2017 I joined a research team working on the psychology of goal-setting and goal-coaching during the perinatal period. I’m not a goal setting expert by any means, but together with technologists, maternal health experts, clinicians, and psychologists, the team reviewed the evidence around goal achievement, primarily from neurobiology as well as evaluation of… 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

Learning to Stand Again: A NICU Mom’s Postpartum Recovery Process After Bed Rest

Learning to Stand Again: A NICU Mom’s Postpartum Recovery Process After Bed Rest

This month’s Mama Story is from Parijat Deshpande, a California Bay Area-based Perinatal Wellness Counselor and mama to a micropreemie, born at 24 weeks gestation. Parijat will be diving deep into what it means to navigate postpartum after a high-risk pregnancy, bedrest, and while having an infant in the NICU – no small task! Of… 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

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

Why self-care has been essential as a breadwinning mama

Why self-care has been essential as a breadwinning mama

This month’s Mama Story is from Racheal Cook, founder of The Yogipreneur and mama to 3 kiddos! When it comes to balancing business and motherhood, the woman’s got some serious magic up her sleeve…or as it turns out, a kick-ass self care plan. And it’s surprisingly simple! Personally? I’m following her lead and embracing slow!… 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