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Websites for perinatal anxiety – what do the women want?

We are delighted to publish this guest blog by Dr. Donna Moore from the United Kingdon. Dr. Moore is a lecturer and research consultant at The Open University. She has been researching perinatal mental illness and internet use for the last 9 years and has presented her findings at several international conferences. Donna’s background is in counselling and she has enjoyed helping many women and their families with perinatal anxiety, not least because she went through it herself with both of her children. Her current work with Dr. Gini Harrison involves researching perinatal anxiety websites and how they may be...

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It’s A Sling Thing…

We are delighted to publish this article written by Jennifer Littlejohns, Co-director of It’s A Sling Thing. Jennifer is a Baby Carrying Consultant trained by both Slingababy and L’Ecole a Porter (JPMBB). She has been using slings since her first child was born, including whilst pregnant with her second child, who is now nearly 2 years old. Her approach to slings is that they are versatile tools that can be used in a variety of ways to support parents to meet their needs and the needs of their baby. Please find the article below: It’s A Sling Thing... When asked to...

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Exploring Family and Systemic Psychotherapy in pregnancy and beyond

We are delighted to publish this informative article written by Ms. Sreety Das. She is a renowned Family and Systemic Psychotherapist from S.R Das Consultancy Limited (London, UK) and a Social Worker. She has been working with individuals, couples, and families for the last 14 years, particularly with families who have multi-agency or social care involvement. (Correspondence details: please send your correspondence by email to Sreetydas@gmail.com)    Please find the article below: Family and Systemic Psychotherapy This is also known as family therapy and can help individuals, couples and families explore their close relationships to better understand and support one another....

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Bereavement and beyond…

In our Inspiring Stories category, today we are honoured to publish a brief summary of work of David J. Roberts, LMSW, from the USA, who is doing an exemplary work of providing information, support, and resources to individuals and families who have suffered the death of a child or other catastrophic losses. We thought his work could be relevant to the mothers/ families who experience bereavement during pregnancy or post-childbirth period. David is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Utica College in Utica, New York, USA. Sadly, David experienced the death of a child when his daughter Jeannine...

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Postpartum recovery with yoga

We are delighted to publish this article on postpartum yoga by Anja Brierley Lange.  She is a yoga teacher and yoga teacher-trainer, Aromatherapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Self Care Alchemist.  About the author  Anja is the founder of Yoga Embodied and Soma Aroma. Here she shares her passion for holistic health and wellbeing. Her approach is elective having qualifications and experience in Ayurvedic medicine (BSc, PGDip), yoga, clinical aromatherapy, flower essences amongst others.  Her specialty is in working with women to facilitate space to create healing, and empower women to feel confident and balanced with their menstrual cycle, feminine health, pelvic awareness as well as during...

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Mindfulness as a Shelter for New Mothers

About the author Rebecca Ryan is the author of Mindfulness for Mothers, a renowned Meditation Teacher and Pre and Postnatal Yoga Teacher from Australia. Rebecca also supports the work of IFWIP as a member of the Board of Advisors.   Mindfulness as a Shelter for New Mothers We have been warned by the popular media and psychology academics to “mind the hype” surrounding mindfulness and meditation. Any practice that has been lavished with praise and attention, as mindfulness has, is bound to attract criticism. And rightly so. It’s appropriate to test the veracity of claimed benefits of mindfulness, and also to...

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Use of EFT during pregnancy and the postpartum period

About the author Christine Sutton is a complementary therapist and therapy trainer based in Solihull, UK. She has 15 years experience working with EFT, Reiki, and Reflexology to help deal with emotional issues and increase well-being for her clients. Her client base is very wide but she has a particular interest in supporting people who are dealing with cancer and also, more recently, those who are struggling to either become pregnant or who are having problems during pregnancy or the perinatal period. Christine and her husband Philip Davis teach Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Reiki for self-help purposes and they also...

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Q&A with Moment Health CEO Nuala Murphy

We are delighted to announce that Nuala Murphy, CEO, Moment Health is joining us as a member of our Board of Advisors. Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day and we are proud to publish this interview with Moment Health CEO Nuala Murphy.   Please meet the newest member of our Board of Advisors at International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy as she describes her inspirational journey: Q. Why are you so passionate about Maternal Mental Health?
 My career as a marketing director (I became Chartered in 2010 and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing) has always seen me working...

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When Postpartum Packs a Punch

Declaimer On the start of Maternal Mental Health week, we are delighted to publish this inspirational article written by Kristina Cowan from the United States. Kristina also supports our work as a member of Board of Advisers. About the author A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Kristina Cowan has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist. She spent five of them researching and writing her debut book, When Postpartum Packs a Punch: Fighting Back and Finding Joy. It's available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Powell's, and local libraries in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. Cowan...

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Dr Narendra Thagunna from Nepal is joining us as a Member of the Board of Advisers

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Narendra Thagunna from Nepal is joining us as a Member of the Board of Advisers. We would like to warmly welcome Dr. Thagunna. We are very grateful to him and all other members of our Board of Advisers for their valuable time in supporting the IFWIP initiative. Dr. Nrendra SinghThagunna, Ph.D. Narendra Sing Thagunna, Ph.D. is a Psychologist contributing in the field of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Suicide prevention, Parenting, Internet Addiction and Psychology in Nepal. He received his Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Kumaun University Nainital in 2010. He received Masters Degree in clinical psychology. He received Bachelor...

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