#youarenotabadmother if you could not or decided not to breastfeed your baby.

#youarenotabadmother if you could not or decided not to breastfeed your baby. The bond with your baby is built every day in many ways. Breastfeeding difficulties require expert support that is respectful of mothers´ rights. Mothers don´t need pressure, they need to be understood – let´s care for mothers. Breastfeeding should something to enjoy. However,…

#youarenotabadmother if you have OCD, anxiety, depression, trauma or grief

#youarenotabadmother if you have OCD, anxiety, depression, trauma or grief. You have the right to receive assistance. Mothers with psychological distress or mental health issues usually feel guilty or ashamed about reaching out for the professional help they require. Let´s offer to help – let´s care for mothers. One out of five mothers may suffer…

#youarenotabadmother if you need help after you give birth

#youarenotabadmother if you need help after you give birth. Motherhood requires social support. The postpartum period in the human species is designed to happen within a maternal social network. Support from other mothers helps make the experience a better one and prevents psychological distress. Let´s create those networks – let´s care for mothers.   If…

Yoga, mindfulness and other psychological interventions for stress and anxiety during pregnancy

A systematic review and narrative synthesis of fourteen studies conducted in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, UK and USA, published in the last issue of Archives of Women’s Mental Health, focuses on women’s views on the acceptability of and satisfaction with non-pharmacological interventions to reduce the symptoms of anxiety in pregnant women. Studies included women…

It matters how you give birth: mode of delivery and mental health

A study published in the latest edition of Archives of Women’s Health has found that instrumental births (those requiring forceps, vacuum extraction, etc.) and cesarean sections are related to a higher number of psychological difficulties after birth – ranging from lack of adjustment to motherhood to post-traumatic stress disorder. To put these conclusions into perspective,…