Society and the media have often perpetuated the myth that having a baby is all sunshine and happiness. The moms in all those Pampers commercials are smiling like they enjoy the diaper-changing process. Celebrities pose with their new babies and cherubic toddlers made perfect by a team of makeup artists and lighting crews. These portrayals… Read more

Research shows that social connection benefits our physical, emotional, and mental health. When we have secure emotional connections, we feel more confident, more independent, and we’re more likely to be successful. It may not come as a surprise that a thriving intimate relationship is also based on emotional connection. But sometimes those relationships falter and… Read more

A few ideas for navigating the season of joy (and stress) when everyone knows you don’t have a baby yet. Trying to conceive is not always a bottle of wine and a bouquet of roses. For some, the process can be arduous and emotional. As supportive as family and friends are trying to be, their… Read more

Though pregnancy loss affects both men and women, they respond differently. The father’s reaction to the loss of a baby is often less outwardly obvious compared to the mother’s expression of grief . This difference in grieving may be wrongly interpreted as “men do not grieve the loss of a baby.” That is certainly not… Read more

Having a baby is a period of great change. A new, sleep-deprived mom may feel overwhelmed because she is taking care of a newborn and scared by all the major life changes taking place. Up to 15% of new moms may experience Postpartum Depression. Postpartum Depression is most commonly understood as the result of hormonal… Read more

Hurricane Harvey and the floods that followed were difficult even for adults to handle.  We all felt afraid and overwhelmed at times.  So did children.  They were affected by Hurricane Harvey in a different way than adults.   You may have noticed a change in behavior and mood in your child right after the hurricane.   Some… Read more

None of us were fully prepared to deal with Hurricane Harvey and the flooding it caused. It was devastating to see homes destroyed, property damaged, and lives lost. Many of us felt overwhelmed when our friends and co-workers experienced dangerous events.  This was a very emotionally tense time.   It is common to have a prolonged… Read more

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Having a new baby is a very emotional experience.   As a mother, you may feel a myriad of emotions – everything from excitement and happiness to worry and fear. You may worry about your ability to take care of your baby. Some anxiety is normal – it is there to help you protect your baby… Read more

Worried Pregnant Woman

In our society, pregnancy is often idealized as a total “bliss.” Even early stages of pregnancy are celebrated on social media with postings of ultrasound pictures, invitations for gender revealing parties, and baby showers. While it is understandable that women want to share their excitement about their child-to-be, it can also creates a great deal… Read more

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Pregnancy is an intense experience for everyone. It puts new demands on your body and your mind. The constant physical and emotional change can be taxing. Pregnancy can compromise your ability to cope at your work, nurture your relationship, or take care of your child. While pregnant, you likely have little or no time to… Read more