We know that the postpartum period is a time of great change and a time when we all need a little more help, and we want to provide you some local resources that can help as you navigate your way through this new season.
One of our very favorite resources is Sharni Vaughn and her lovely team at The Nappy Shoppe in Plano & in Addison. In addition to two stores full of top-notch baby products, they also have new moms' groups, breastfeeding support groups, Mom & Baby Yoga, car seat checks, and more. Her staff includes Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Car Seat Techs. The Shoppe is more than a store - it's a community.
Another great resource - and a true hidden gem - is Dallas Association for Parent Education. They have a Warmline answered by volunteers who can answer your parenting questions. Maryn was on their Board of Directors for many years, and still picks up the phone sometimes to call them for parenting advice! They were Dallas' original childbirth education program and have evolved into providing a full scope of childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenting help.
- Courtney Causey - Beyond the Blue Support Group
- LifeWorks Group - Dallas and Ft. Worth Locations
- Kimberly Kertsberg - Dallas Postpartum Support
- Ericka Kusche - Great Expectations Lactation Support
- Mellanie Sheppard and the team of IBCLCs at For Babies' Sake
- The Nappy Shoppe - many of the staff are Certified Lactation Consultants
- Breastfeeding Center at Texas Health HEB - free services, even if you are not their patient
- Doctor on Demand - telemedicine lactation consults by IBCLCs
- Fit4Mom - there are locations all over the Metroplex (this is where Maryn found her tribe after her boys were born)
- Raising Small Humans - in Casa Linda
Postpartum Doula Care:
- Great Expectations Doulas - this is Maria's business and we love to package placenta encapsulation and postpartum doula services!
- Dr. Daniel Dodge, Dodge Family Chiropractic - Coppell
- Dr. Kyska Spurlock, Spurlock Chiropractic - Mid-Cities
- Dr. Courtney Gowin, Free to Be Chiropractic - Addison (we share an office with her at The Nest)
Herbs and Natural Treatments:
- Years to Your Health - Irving (they have some fabulous house made teas, including a nursing blend)
- Sunflower Shoppe - Ft. Worth and Colleyville. They have nutritionists on staff at both locations
- Coleman McMurphy, The Morningside Clinic - Dallas. He is in network with BCBS, UHC, and PHCS/Multiplan.
Postpartum Mood Disorders
We take our clients' postpartum health seriously, and as such, we have put together a guide for when it might be appropriate to seek additional help.
The "Baby Blues" : up to 80% of women experience mild depression that is often called the "baby blues". This tends to start 2- 3 days postpartum, and peaks at 7 - 10 days postpartum. It generally ends after about two weeks. First time moms can be at increased risk of this, and what is important is to know that it exists, understand that it is a normal and reasonable reaction to a period of great adjustment, and to get extra support with caring for your infant and - this is key - caring for yourself.
Symptoms may include:
- Fatigue or exhaustion;
- Feelings of sadness or crying spells;
- Anxiety, mood swings, or irritability;
- Feeling overwhelmed;
- Inability to cope;
- Inability to sleep;
- Feelings of loneliness.
It's important to remember that these feelings are a normal and reasonable reaction to a time of great adjustment, and to get extra support with caring for your infant and - this is key - caring for yourself.
Postpartum Depression: up to 16% of women experience this, and women who have experienced it in a previous pregnancy are at significantly increased risk of having it again.
Postpartum Depression can:
- Affect your ability to function every day;
- Lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, self blame, and fear;
- Make it difficult to provide appropriate care to your baby;
- Interfere with sleep, cause you to feel irritable or anxious, or withdraw from family and friends;
- Make you feel like hurting yourself or your baby.
If you are feeling this way, call your doctor, midwife, or another health professional immediately! If you're not sure where to turn, please call us at 844-PLACNTA. Although we're not health professionals, we have a wide network of people ready to give you the support that you need. The calls that we love the most are when new moms call us to ask for a referral for additional services - it's our greatest joy to help connect people to services in their community.
There are other postpartum issues, such as panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder, that can also arise. Again, all of these are normal reactions and they are also ones that should be discussed with a health professional.
Information adapted from The Postpartum Depression [Fact sheet]. (2007). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
and from http://psychotherapy.com/mom.html.