Wednesday Wrap Up August 31

WednesdayWrapUpRI enjoyed this article on hearing women’s voices in birth. I find that many, many cases of birth trauma can be traced back to a point where no one listened to the mother.

Some people don’t realize they are experiencing postpartum depression because it doesn’t manifest as *sadness* and they think that is all there is to it. The truth is, there are lots of ways it can manifest, and here are Six Surprising Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

It’s Black Breastfeeding Week! Here are 9 Beautiful Photos (and Opinions) of Black Moms Proudly Breastfeeding

And an eye opening discussion on the History of Breastfeeding Among Black Women – a must read for understanding of the historical and cultural influences.

My friend Beth Hardy is a board-certified music therapist and a birth and postpartum doula who writes original Womb Songs and Lullabies for expecting families. Each song uses the parents’ own words of hope and love for their baby, and is totally original and one-of-a-kind. This is an amazing gift to give at baby showers and mother blessings, and Beth is available via Skype to work with families all over the world!

September 12 there will be an online learning opportunity for childbirth educators from the Gold Learning group. Five hour-long sessions on breastfeeding, VBAC, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including LGBTQ families in your work, and the tipping point in childbirth education. It’s very reasonably priced and looks like a great program.

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