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There are many articles with useful information about postpartum health. We hope you find these informative and helpful.

A Closer Look: Understanding Mood Disorders
by Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D., MFT

“My baby had been crying for an hour. I felt nauseous. I had a 4-year-old in the next room, a screaming baby, and I felt myself unraveling away from my backbone. I started to shake. The quivering came from the deepest part of my soul, a place that you’re only aware of when you’re about to die. I needed to throw up, but I couldn’t get out of bed. I tried to sit up, but my eyes couldn’t see,, and I was dizzy. I felt scared. I thought I had made a horrible mistake. I didn’t want to take care of this baby.” Full article

Postpartum Depression: Ambivalence as a Risk Factor
by Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D., MFT

Ambivalence about the maternal role is one of the presenting psychological risk factors in the onset of a postpartum depression. As clinicians working with women and their families around issues of pregnancy and birth, it is of critical importance that we are able to identify risk factors that can potentially lead to a disruption in the developing attachment between mother and infant. Full article

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