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THE WELL MOM WAY
The Center for Postpartum Family Health Newsletter
March 2016, Issue 6

Website: www.cpfh.org  Email: centerforppfh@yahoo.com  Office: 713.561.3884

Self-care, Self-care, Self-care
 
 
Sometimes we get asked why self-care is important. You know, WHY should we make it priority to schedule activities just for our own enjoyment and pleasure? “Isn’t that selfish?” we hear.  “Who has time for THAT?”  In case any of these questions have crossed your mind, read on. 

If we really understand the reasons for self-care, it helps us make it priority.  Rather than thinking of it as selfish or indulgent, consider the following reasons for why a disciplined self-care plan is essential:
  1. It makes you take responsibility for your own well-being.  Struggles with emotional mental health can easily make us feel defeated and like we are our own worst enemy. Make friends again with yourself by resolving to do the things you like and that you know are good for you.  It takes you out of the victim role, blaming others for your distress, and puts the responsibility for recovery back on you.  Good professional therapists can help you develop and hone your self-care plan, but ultimately it is up to you to use it.
  2. Self-care is by definition a stress reducer.  Stress is often the trigger for the development of a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.  The stress of learning how to care for a baby, be a co-parent and all the others changes that are occurring, along with the usual sleep-deprivation that comes along with it is a recipe for a disaster, or at least an emotional melt down.   It is essential that all of us discover and use the tools that best help up reduce our stress or at least manage it successfully. Self-care for stress relief means you temporarily remove yourself from the stressors and instead focus on relaxing.
  3. Self-care is rejuvenating. This is one of the main reasons for doing it.  We must learn how to “fill ourselves up” when life is depleting us.  Again, rejuvenation is not selfish, it is essential.  They only way we can manage the very hard job of caring for a baby well, is to take regularly scheduled breaks from it.  Exercise is one of the main ways we can replenish our energy.  But so is napping, sleeping in, or going to bed early.  Also, good times with friends, families, meals that you don’t have to prepare, hobbies, recreation and spiritual activities all help with rejuvenation. 
As a new mom, you are worth being taken care of, and the best person to do that well is yourself.  It may involve asking for help and tolerating the pain of stepping away from your baby for a short period, but it is necessary.  Ultimately, self-care helps us be better mothers and partners, and that is good for your family.  If you don’t feel like practicing self-care for yourself, do it for them.  They will thank you for it!

Be Well, Mom!
Quotes from Clients
 
An unexpected feature from the credit card processing program we use allows our clients to leave comments about their experience with us, and rate aspects of their experiences with an emoji, if they choose.  We have been thrilled and delighted to receive such positive feedback, and wanted to share a few with you.  All are anonymous so to protect the confidentiality of those with whom we work:
    Environment, Customer Service, Quality, Wait Time
 
“My counselor is the best. Had a great experience.”
Quality
 
“Such a great session. Would recommend to others!”
Quality
 
“I'm gaining so much knowledge and positive strength to reestablish my self worth, tools for coping, and working towards discovering forgiveness. Thank you.”
Customer Service, Environment, Other, Quality, Wait Time
"I always leave feeling positive, uplifted, and empowered!"
If you have a comment to share, we would love to hear from you! If you’d like to make an appointment for an evaluation or counseling session call 713.561.3884.

Welcome New Summer Intern
 
Introducing Rachel Barnes, our new administrative and marketing intern for the summer! Rachel is a Graduate Student at UH- Clear Lake in Clinical Psychology, with a wealth of corporate experience in her resume’.  Rachel has a particular interest in women’s mental health, and is excited to contribute to the growth of CPFH.  In addition to answering the phones and setting appointments, Rachel is helping connect us to those in the community who need to know about our services for new moms and their families.  If you know of an organization or professional group that might be interested in our work at CPFH, give us a call or email and let Rachel know.  We can use everyone’s help in sharing the word about our specialized services offered on a sliding scale basis.  Call 713.561.3884, or email us back at this address. (Centerforppfh@yahoo.com)
CPFH in the Community
On Wednesday, March 23rd, CPFH Director Sherry Duson participated in the Perinatal World Café event sponsored by The Yates Children Memorial Fund of Mental Health America of Greater Houston. This unique event involved hearing the stories of real mother’s experience with perinatal mental health issues.  The four tables arranged at The Motherhood Center (who generously donated the space for this non-profit event) each feature a mother speaking to a particular aspect of their story. Topics included the role of the family, the role of psychotherapy, the role of medical treatment, and the role of support in each woman’s recovery process.

It was a deeply personal and emotional moving learning experience for all.  Thank you MHA!

90.1 FM Radio Show "The Whole Mother"
On April 17th, the broadcast of KPFT local radio show “The Whole Mother” featured Sherry Duson being interviewed by host and Houston midwife, Pat Jones.  The half hour interview covered a variety of topics, including how to know when it is time for a new mom to seek professional help, and the role of the family in postpartum depression.  To hear this interview search www.wholemothershow.com
 
Kim Jones Presented to the Houston LPC Association
On April 8th, CPFH Staff Therapist, Kim Jones presented “The Well Mom” and overview of perinatal mental health to the Houston Licensed Professional Counselors Association.

 

Dark Side of the Moon Part II 
Film Screening and Panel Discussion

May is Postpartum Depression Month across the United States.  This special designation is used to bring awareness to the issue, and education about identification, treatment and recovery.  As a part of this month, on May 11th, at the MATCH Center in Midtown Houston, CPFH partnered with the Yates Children’s Memorial Fund at Mental Health America of Greater Houston to participate in a screening of the documentary “Dark Side of the Full Moon.”  This powerful documentary follows two women as they travel around the country gathering stories of women suffering from postpartum mental illness.  It highlights the need for better screening, understanding and treatment of these common illnesses. CPFH Therapists were on-hand to lend support and a listening ear, and Sherry Duson was moderator for the panel of experts who spoke following the film. Texas Rep. Senfronia Thompson was on hand to share developments regarding legislative initiatives related to perinatal mental health.  Thank you MHA of Greater Houston for allowing us to be a part of this important event for the community!
On-Going
 
Brown-Bag Mom’s Circle (Weekly support group for pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety)

Wednesdays from 12 – 1pm.  Free to attend, babies in arms welcome.
Speaking engagements: If your group of mom’s or other professionals would like an educational presentation on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, please feel free to call.  We have a presentation ready to go, or we can tailor one for your group.

Mental Health counseling beyond just postpartum: All of our therapists are trained in marriage and couples therapy, parenting techniques, family therapy, substance abuse, and other issues.  We are happy to see male clients, children, teenagers and family members besides just moms! (Just thought you should know…)

EDUCATION

Part of our mission at CPFH is to educate the community and raise awareness regarding maternal mental health and other related topics.  Our trained therapists are available to do presentations on wellness, mental health, and relationships, and are able to tailor our talks to your group or organization. To request us at your next event, please email us.

If you would like CPFH brochures, the Well Mom checklists, or would like to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, please contact us at centerforppfh@yahoo.com

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Center for Postpartum Family Health
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