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HAPPY PRIDE: Perinatal Mental Health in GLBTQI Parents


 

June marks Pride month, with cities around the world marking the occasion with marches, parades, family carnivals, and all kinds of great events. This past weekend we celebrated pride right here in the nation’s capital. Pride is of course about celebrating and supporting our GLBTQI family members, friends, and community. But it’s also a reminder to take stock of and consider the numerous ways our country’s policies, laws, and protections continue to marginalize and discriminate against GLBTQI people. This is especially true for those of us whose identities and various points of privilege affords us the space to not think about this daily.


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Mother’s Day Musings


 

Today is Mother's day. Many of you may be celebrating with breakfast in bed, brunch with family, or some well deserved R&R. It's an important day of recognition for all the incredible mamas out there who do so much for their families and it is worth celebrating. And yet, Mother's day is an extremely difficult day for so many women and their families and we do not do enough to acknowledge that. 


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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week May 1st- May 8th

This week marks Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. Started by The National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH), this is a week to get educated, raise awareness, and advocate for better screening, treatment, funding, and research for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  Why?



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Yoga and Infertility: A Guest Post By Angelyn Shapiro

In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, I am so thrilled to feature a guest post by the incredible Angelyn Shapiro. Angelyn is a Washington, DC based yoga teacher. Registered with the Yoga Alliance at the ERYT-500 level, Angelyn also holds separate certifications in prenatal yoga and yoga for children. She is especially proud of her work helping women who struggle with infertility find peace and support for their journey.  She offers workshops (next one starting in June- link to registration is at the end of the article) on yoga and fertility . Without further ado, here's Angelyn!


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Infertility Awareness Week April 23rd-April 29th!

I'd like to take another brief break from my series on loss to bring your attention to National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW).  I plan to address the issue of infertility and its impact on emotional wellbeing in the next few months, but I wanted to speak briefly on it today in recognition of NIAW.


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The facts about stillbirth

I’ve spent the last few weeks on the blog focusing on miscarriage. My hope was to shed some light on the statistical and emotional landscape of what is an incredibly painful and yet remarkably common occurrence. This week I am switching focus to speak specifically about stillbirth.