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Postpartum Resources

Taking Care of New Mamas

With all of the excitement built up around welcoming a new baby into the world, it can be surprising to know that the most common complications of childbirth are perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression.

Whether you are going through stress, adjustment to parenting, Baby Blues, or pregnancy or postpartum depression/anxiety, below are some helpful tools and resources.


There are several different types of mental illness related to childbirth, with different symptoms and risks.

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It can be confusing because "postpartum depression" is often used as an umbrella term to cover many different conditions that can occur during pregnancy or postpartum. It is possible for women to have symptoms such as panic and anxiety, obsessive intrusive thoughts, anger, and mania, without primary depression.

If a mom has a major Postpartum Depression with no psychotic features, she does not have delusional thinking, although she might have distorted negative views of herself or her life due to her depression. Rather than being at risk of hurting others, a severely depressed or anxious mom without proper support and information can be at risk of suicide because she does not realize that she will recover. She is likely to fear that she is not a good mother, and myths and mistaken descriptions of postpartum depression add to her fear and resulting risk. There is a difference between psychosis, where there is a real break from reality, and depression or anxiety, in which the woman is in distress but in touch with reality. An informed medical professional can and should assess whether a woman is depressed, anxious, or psychotic.

Additionally, the terms “baby blues” and “postpartum depression” are not interchangeable. Baby blues is not a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. It is a normal hormonal adjustment period after birth that usually resolves naturally within 3 weeks postpartum.

-http://www.postpartum.net/about-psi/overview/

If you are a mom who needs help, here are some key emergency resources:

National Crisis Text Hotline:

  • Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Website

  • 1-800-273-8255

  • www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Call for yourself or someone you care about; free and confidential; network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide; available 24/7

Call PSI’s free Helpline, available in English and Spanish. 1.800.944.4773. They also have coordinators for Dads, Military FamiliesSpanish-speaking families, and Arabic-speaking Families 


Resource Library

  • Postpartum Progress, a widely read blog addressing issues surrounding motherhood and perinatal mood concerns www.postpartumprogress.com


Related Readings

A Mother is Born, Gina Hassan, PhD http://birthways.org/tag/postpartum-the-fourth-trimester

Postpartum Recession, Jessica Zucker, PhD
http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/blogs/postpartum-recession

Importance of self-care & self-care techniques. Incorporating Mindfulness Into Motherhood
Cassandra Vieten, PhD
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mindful-motherhood/201005/incorporating-mindfulness-motherhood

The "Good Enough Mother". Self-Care, relaxation skills and stress management

Lessons From My Daughter, Juli Fraga, PsyD
http://www.theconversation.tv/parenting/lessons-from-my-daughter-1/

The New Nest: From Partners to Parents. Communication with Partners/Family members: Creative ways to find time for couple/partner connection

Emotional Aspects of Parenting, Showing CARE, Juli Fraga, PsyD & Melissa Whippo, LCSW

Breastfeeding Concerns & Returning to Work. "A Second Chance at Breastfeeding" by Kim Simon: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kim-simon/a-second-chance-at-breastfeeding_b_3041794.html

"Six Tips for Dealing with Your Partner Returning to Work After Baby" by the Stir: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-stir/6-tips-for-dealing-with_b_2972742.html

Additional Articles about the Motherhood Journey:

Books:

Becoming the Parent You Want To Be, Laura Davis & Janis Keyser

Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety, Shoshana Bennet, PhD & Pec Indman, EdD, MFT

The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever, Daniel Stern, MD

Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, CNM

Mothering Without a Map, Kathryn Black

Parenting From the Inside Out, Daniel Siegel, MD & Mary Hartzell, MEd

iPhone/Smartphone Application:

Mindful Pregnancy App developed by Nancy Bardacke, CNM from the UCSF Osher Center.

Caring for your newborn, from the moment you meet them

Newborn Care Class

Join us and learn how to care for your newborn from those very first moments after birth, so that you can enter this new phase of your life confident and ready to begin!

An experiential class, each member in our intimate group setting will receive personalized instruction and hands-on training in how to care for their new baby. Members will leave feeling more familiar with newborn qualities and behaviors, and ready to tailor their new-found skills to their own newborn's unique needs.

In this thorough 4 hour Newborn Care class participants will learn:

  • Interpreting baby's cues
  • Cord care & newborn health
  • Sleep patterns & what to expect
  • What to expect immediately after the birth
  • Tummy time, baby wearing & kangaroo care
  • Jaundice and other common newborn conditions
  • Choosing a pediatrician & knowing when to call them
  • When to feed the baby & how to know they're getting enough
  • Supplies for bathing, diapering, nail trimming, skin care & more
  • How to bond more deeply, improve your sleep & learn to trust your parenting instincts


... And will receive hands-on instruction in:

  • Soothing
  • Swaddling
  • Diapering (cloth, compostable & disposable)
  • Holding baby & transferring them person to person
  • Bathing, nail trimming, the Colic Dance & other skills
  • lothing (what to buy, how to wash it and what to bring the baby home in!)


If the birthing parent is partnered, both parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:  Rebecca (Plum) Elowen, LM, CPM, IBCLC is a Midwife and Lactation Consultant who offers preconception, prenatal and postpartum midwifery care, lactation consultation, support groups, fertility support, and education in newborn care, breastfeeding and sibling preparation in SF, Marin, Sonoma and the East Bay. She strives always to uphold the midwifery model of care, offering information and empowerment, so that her clients can look back on their accomplishments with pride and a deeper sense of their own true power and wisdom. Rebecca received a B.A. in Psychology (with a emphasis on parent-infant attachment and bonding) from Mills College in 1999, became a Birth and Postpartum Doula in 2001, and became a Licensed & Certified Professional Midwife in 2010. In 2013 she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and in 2018 was trained in Infant Craniosacral Therapy.  Rebecca has taught classes in newborn care, postpartum preparation, childbirth and sibling preparation, and breastfeeding at Carmel Blue, CPMC, Kaiser, Natural Resources, and privately since 2003, and has been facilitating various support groups for new parents since 2007.

You & Your Babe - The first 1000 days

The first 1,000 days of life - the time spanning roughly between conception and one’s second birthday - is a unique period of opportunity when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established. 

Our goal at Recess is to provide space to support that incredibly active time in your baby's and toddler's early learning, while also supporting your core needs. 

 

Expecting Couples

 

Before baby arrives, we recommend both parents complete this 3 class series specially designed to guide you on your personal journey into parenthood: Childbirth Preparation Workshops, Newborn Care, and Infant CPR.  Build your community early.  The support will carry you through the ups and downs of parenting.  

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  • Childbirth Prep Class 7/22, 8/12
  • Newborn Care 7/12, 8/11
  • CPR - 7/24, Infant, Child & Adult CPR & Chokesaving
 

New Parents

New Parent Groups - Fridays at Noon

Newborn Membership (free!)

Co-working Space - great as you're transitioning back to work

 

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Infants & Toddlers

Free Play - This is why Recess exists.  Play is critical to the healthy growth and development of children. As children play, they learn to solve problems, to get along with others and to develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to grow and learn.  Come with a day pass, or a membership.  

Playspace activities - daily fun included in membership or a day pass.  No need to sign up!  

Workshops as your family grows, needs change relatively quickly.  Check out our classes for parents and caregivers.  If there are topics you'd like to see, don't hesitate to let us know.  

Carmel Blue's Prenatal Classes Coming to Recess

Recess is excited to announce that, in addition to our parenting and safety workshops you've come to rely on, we'll be adding Carmel Blue's acclaimed Prenatal classes to our services starting this July.  

Carmel Blue has been an amazing resource for new & expectant parents since 2010. Founder, Sharone Nassi, dedicated the past 8 years to creating a welcoming community place in North Beach, and helping new families set the foundations for a healthy, happy and supported parenting experience. Her mom/baby groups alone have served over 4500 moms and dads to date, and the childbirth preparation, newborn preparation and CPR classes have served countless more.

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Both Lisa Nowell, Recess' founder, & Sharone agree that in an ideal world, prenatal couples will come to expect support, community and education as an integral part of their prenatal experience. This eases the transition to parenting a newborn, receiving support and knowing how to access it after baby arrives.

By bringing the excellent prenatal support Sharone and her team have curated to the Recess community we've cultivated over the past decade, we will be able to continue to support parents for the full range of the early years.  

We are looking forward to extending the support Recess offers to new parents as we strive to create a culture of connection, support and play to lighten the load for families raising kids in San Francisco. 

 

Visit our Prenatal Page for Current Classes:

 

Recess' offerings for new parents

 

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