Wellness tips for new moms

Psychologist and Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, shares her top wellness tips for new moms on how to get through the difficult postpartum period
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Partners are extremely important for a mom's recovery, whether she is depressed in pregnancy or postpartum. Partners play a very important role. The partner should find her help, if she hasn't done that already. The partner should take on some household tasks if he's able to do so. If not, he can hire somebody, bring in some social support to help relieve the mom's overwhelm. He should remind her that this is temporary. That we will get through it, and use the word "we" instead of "you." We will get through this fine. Remind her that it's not her fault. She didn't cause this and she's going to be okay. Drive her to appointments, if she needs that kind of help. If the partner doesn't get help himself, not necessarily professional, but if he doesn't get support himself, he can start crumbling. So it's very important that the partner get his own support, that he goes out with his buddies once in a while. That he does something for himself once in a while, because he's the pillar. The partner is holding the family unit together as the mom is getting on her feet. If you want to download the free app, ppdgone, it will not only help the partner's learn what the mom is going through, there's also resources for him, as well.

Psychologist and Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, shares her top wellness tips for new moms on how to get through the difficult postpartum period

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Shoshana Bennett, PhD

Clinical Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist

Shoshana Bennett, PhD (“Dr. Shosh”) from the popular DrShosh.com Radio Show is the author of Pregnant on Prozac, Postpartum Depression For Dummies, and co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety.  She is also the creator of the new mobile app PPD Gone.  National TV shows including  20/20, Discovery Channel, The Doctors and The Ricki Lake Show feature Dr. Shosh as the pregnancy and postpartum mood expert and news stations such as CNN consult her. Several publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News have written articles on Dr. Shosh’s work.  She’s interviewed regularly on national radio and has been quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Boston Globe, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, Parenting, Psychology Today, New York Post, Self, Cosmopolitan, and the Chicago Tribune. 

Dr. Shosh is a pioneer in the field.  She is a survivor of two life-threatening postpartum depressions. She founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, and is a former president of Postpartum Support International. Dr. Shosh helped develop the official Postpartum Support International training curriculum for professionals which is now considered the gold standard in the field. She has helped over 19,000 women worldwide through individual consultations, support groups and wellness seminars.  As a noted guest lecturer and keynote speaker, she travels throughout the US and abroad, training medical and mental health professionals to assess and treat postpartum depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. She earned three teaching credentials, two masters degrees, a PhD and is licensed as a clinical psychologist.

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