Author Archives: Carpe Diem Counseling LLC

About Carpe Diem Counseling LLC

I am a licensed clinical social worker whose practice specializes in working with women (and their families) during the pregnancy and postpartum time period. Please contact me if you believe you or someone in your life is experiencing a Perinatal or Postpartum mental health issue. I also work with any adults experiencing a life change and struggling with the challenges and adjustments they are encountering. Addressing our struggles in life happens one day at a time. There is no wrong time to get help.

Sleep…with a new baby?

As all new parents know, sleep is ever elusive when little ones comes along.  For more information on the importance of protected sleep time, please read my blog post on Postpartum Support International Connecticut Chapter page where I was a … Continue reading

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Hiking out of the darkness

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since the wonderful Climb Out of the Darkness event on June 24, 2017.  This fundraiser is the largest event to bring awareness to Perinatal Mental Health and benefits Postpartum Support International.  As … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 31

Thank you for taking this month, day by day, with me to learn about and support Maternal Mental Health.   Some final thoughts and reminders.  In my opinion, maternal mental health would be better termed maternal emotional health.  Of course … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 30

LGBTQI MOMS As has been discussed in previous posts throughout this month, PMADs can strike mothers regardless of their sexual orientation and can also strike fathers regardless of their sexual orientation.  It can strike adoptive parents as well as the … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 29

Military moms Are you a military mom on this Memorial Day?  A mom of someone in the military?  A wife of someone in the military?  Was your mom in the military?   Are you a mom and part of our … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 28

PMADs- The facts… Time after time, I encounter both new and seasoned moms in my office saying “no one told me…if I had known…”.  And it’s true!  It’s quite likely that no one did tell them. Not during an annual … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 27

Where to find support… We all need support. But, alot changes after you have a baby. And some of your regular outlets or friends may not be as available. Or, your schedule has changed and you’ve lost touch with old … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 26

The storm shall pass but it is nice to have someone with you while it rages.   This can be so true and helpful for many mothers, particularly those struggling with a Postpartum disorder such as depression, anxiety or OCD. … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 25

My dear childless self… Dear childless self, Enjoy sleeping randomly during the day and night, by choice. Enjoy being spontaneous. Enjoy peeing in privacy. Enjoy eating hot meals. Enjoy getting to give the absolutely adorable baby back to it’s mother.  … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 24

What are the factors that affect maternal mental health? Maternal mental health issues can strike whether you are a single mom, married heterosexual mom, married/partnered/unmarried lesbian mom, bisexual mom, ethnic minority, religious or not.  The stress of being a mom … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 23

Birth Stories When did having a baby become a competition?  How did lengthy labor and horror stories become the go-to birth story structure?  Why do we villanize women who had “easy” labor or delivery?   Your birth story is your … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 22

SO MUCH INFORMATION!!! Whether you are a parent or not, you’ve probably heard the old adage Kids don’t come with a manual.  While this is very true, there are still hundreds of books, apps and websites out there just waiting to … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Day 21

Sundays… Once a time of relaxation and leisure…enjoying the sun, or snuggled up warm when there’s snow…Sundays are now a source of anxiety and panic for many mothers.  Even those who are not diagnosed with or suffering from specific PMADs … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 20

Maternal instinct… What is it?  Is it a myth?  A societal notion that suited it’s purpose? Or a real characteristic that some women have?  Why do some women seem born with it and others not an ounce in their being? … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 19

Dentists and doctors and check-ups…OH, MY!  Mental health is not only about your brain or your emotions.  It is about whole body health.  Most women pay extra attention to their physical health during pregnancy; but, it is quite frequent that … Continue reading

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