Postpartum depression and how a doula can help

Giuditta Tornetta, Doula, explains the instrumental role that a postpartum doula can play in helping to prevent and treat postpartum depression in women
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Postpartum depression and how a doula can help

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A postpartum doula can be extremely instrumental in detecting and helping with postpartum depression. There are different levels of depression. There is just a simple blues, which is a hormonal imbalance that everybody pretty much has, that is called the baby blues, although I like to call it opening of the heart. And then there is real serious postpartum depression, as well as psychosis. Of course, a postpartum doula mostly can help in the first two. Why? Because first of all, it's somebody there that you have no baggage with. The fact that a woman will be there, not only to help you sleep, which is one of the biggest reasons for postpartum depression, but who will actually lend you or hear. You can talk to her, you can ask her all sorts of questions, you can open your heart way more than you might be able to open your heart with your friends or with your family, because you're going to be afraid of being judged or not doing it the right way or everybody's going to tell you how they did it and how much better it was. It's a woman that will just allow you to open your heart. Once your heart opens, the you can just rid yourself of all that pain that sometimes lingers inside.

Giuditta Tornetta, Doula, explains the instrumental role that a postpartum doula can play in helping to prevent and treat postpartum depression in women

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Giuditta Tornetta

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Giuditta Tornetta is a certified birth and post-partum doula, lactation educator, a certified clinical hypnotherapist, a NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner, and a certified shiatsu therapist. Giuditta practices clinical hypnotherapy and a method of natural childbirth that uses hypnotic techniques to reduce stress and fear during labor and delivery, alleviating pain and making the birth experience positive and enjoyable. She also teaches infant mental, emotional, and cognitive health and development.

She focuses on infant mental health and pre-post birth bonding, where she uses guided meditations and visualizations to help women communicate and empower their babies before birth. As a lactation educator and postpartum doula, Ms. Tornetta helps couples settle into a natural routine once the baby comes home. Through education, compassion, practical as wells as emotional support, Doula Giuditta teaches new parents how to decipher the newborn’s vocal and body language. Giuditta is also a published author of the best-selling book Painless Childbirth: An Empowering Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth.

She resides in Los Angeles with her two dogs –Tony and Amore — amid photo albums of the many new mommies and babies she’s coached through life’s most precious and powerful transitions, including her own two experiences with son Azzurro and daughter Natascia.

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