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Laurie Ganberg, LICSW
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new on the blog: Dark Side of the Full Moon screening - Senator Lovely speaking about her involvement with the PPD Commission. I went to the screening of the maternal mental health documentary, Dark Side of the Full Moon, last night, organized by Leslie McKeough, LICSW - a Lynnfield therapist - and the North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force. The documentary highlights the experiences of several women who experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, the dismal... http://ow.ly/2ZfqsO
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new on the blog: resources: Postpartum Progress - Depression and anxiety are incredibly common both during pregnancy and after childbirth, but sometimes it's hard to get past the jargon and austere clinical descriptions of symptoms. Postpartum Progress features clear, accessible writing from real women who've experienced perinatal emotional complications - Warrior Moms - as well as professionals from all over the country. They also have a private forum and are hosting t... http://ow.ly/2YT2RA
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new on the blog: Momma Zen Giveaway! - I've professed my love for Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood by Karen Maezen Miller before. I worry about parenting books that say "this -- my way -- is the way!" and their effect on vulnerable new moms looking for answers in the utterly chaotic early parenting days, but Momma Zen is different. Karen Maezen Miller says "I don't know either!" and compares the exhaustion of motherhood to a humidifier. Plus, the chapte... http://ow.ly/2YmpSr
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new on the blog: Supports for Families - I've been getting lots of great responses in my survey of groups and classes for pregnant women, parents-to-be, and new parents. Please, keep them coming! If you're expecting a child, have a young child, or work with expectant and new families, please share your thoughts in the survey below. Responses are anonymous, but if you have any feedback or groups you want to share with me directly, please feel free to contact me! And if y... http://ow.ly/2Y7Nd0
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new on the blog: Interview: Divya Kumar, working for perinatal emotional wellness http://ow.ly/2WKGof
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new on the blog: resources: MCPAP for Moms - Another unique-to-Massachusetts resource, MCPAP for Moms offers medical providers a Monday-Friday 9-5 phone line to speak to a care coordinator who can connect the provider to a MCPAP for Moms psychiatrist for consultation and/or help with connecting a mother and family to a perinatal mental health provider.  What does this look like? If a woman is at her OB's office or is talking to her primary care provider (PCP), and she f... http://ow.ly/2VgbjU
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new on the blog: Stumbling Blocks of New Parenthood - Recently, there was a blog post by a new mother about how amazing her experience of motherhood was: "They should’ve warned me that my life was about to become so rich and beautiful and fulfilling, that I’d look back on what it was before and think, “Poor me. I didn’t know her yet.”". Predictably, there were responses decrying the one dimensionality of her piece: "I'm biased, having found the experience of parenting w... http://ow.ly/2UQVO4
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How do I prepare parents-to-be to face common challenges inherent in life with a new baby, without scare tactics, and without psychic powers to predict the future? Stumbling blocks. Read about 3 common ones and practical suggestions to address each on http://www.laurieganberg.com/blog/stumbling-blocks-of-new-parenthood
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new on the blog: resources: Boston area postpartum support groups http://ow.ly/2UEqRa
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