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Heading Back to Work After Baby- A Guest Post by Lori Mihalich-Levin J.D


 

I'd like to take another break this week from my series on loss to feature an important piece by the incredible Lori Mihalich-Levin, founder of Mindful Return. Lori's new and amazing book Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave is coming out on April 11th. Several of my patients have benefited tremendously from her e-course and blog featured on a Mindful Return.



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Going on a Bear Hunt: Coping with Miscarriage


Do you remember that old children’s song- going on a bear hunt? The refrain goes like this:

“Can’t go over it, can’t go under it, can’t go around it, got to go through it!”

These lines chanted emphatically over and over again every time an obstacle is encountered, remind me so much of the conversations I've had with patients about grief. We don’t want to feel it, we’d love to find a way to sidestep it, but ultimately, we must go through it to get to the other side.


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Your Emotions After Miscarriage


Now that we’ve discussed some of the facts  about miscarriage and why it occurs, I wanted to devote some time to exploring common emotional reactions to miscarriage.

There is no one way you are supposed to feel (or not feel) following a miscarriage. I’ve seen women in my private practice express a range of emotions from numbness and disbelief, to despair, to anger, to those that experience their feelings somatically. Over the years of working with women who have lost pregnancies, I have been humbled to learn from their journeys of grief and loss. Below are reflections from my work with them that I hope will support those who are grieving and healing.



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HAPPY WORLD DOULA WEEK

I'm taking a brief pause from my series on loss to bring your attention to World Doula Week.

So what is a doula?

Derived from a Greek word that translates as "to serve" or "women's servant" a doula is a trained professional who offers physical and emotional support to pregnant and postpartum women and their families. There are other amazing kinds of doulas out there (including abortion doulas who do INCREDIBLE work,) but for the purposes of this piece I'm focussing on...


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The Truth about Miscarriage


 

Last week  I made the case for the importance of speaking openly about pregnancy loss. My hope over the next few weeks is to shine a bright light on the many faces and facets of loss.

I’m starting this week talking about miscarriages. As a refresher, miscarriage refers to pregnancy loss before 20 weeks. An estimated 10-25% of pregnancy’s will end in miscarriage, with most miscarriages occurring before the 13th week of pregnancy. As I noted last week, miscarriage is the most common complication of pregnancy.



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Maternity Matters: On Pregnancy Loss


In planning this week’s blog entry, my first topical post for Maternity Matters, I thought long and hard about where to begin. There is so much to explore and so much that deserves attention in the world of perinatal mental health. After much reflection, I settled on writing a series about pregnancy loss.

Why? Because we don’t want to talk about!



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Maternity Matters: A Blog Introduction

Picture an image of a pregnant woman or a new mother. What do you think of? Is she the glowing yogini rubbing her perfectly round belly? Is she a new mom peacefully nursing her adorable healthy newborn? Or perhaps you are thinking of pregnant woman vomiting with a backache, or the a harried new mother, un-showered and frazzled.

Yes, these women do exist, but for most of us, its less black and white. The reality of pregnancy and the postpartum period is complicated.