You may have heard these terms used and not know the difference between them all. Let's talk about definitions and rates.
Pregnancy includes the period of time between egg fertilization and either labor, loss, or termination.
One of the most effective approaches to coping during this period is through social support and connecting with others who have shared stories.
Postpartum Support International hosts online support meetings with a peer-to-peer support model, lead by a trained facilitator. The first 30 minutes of each 90-minute group includes information, education, and group guideline review. The next 60 minutes is "talk time" for group members to share with one another. Research shows peer support, in addition to therapy support when needed, can help improve perinatal anxiety, depression, stress, and overall adjustment. Given PSI does it so well, we like to refer to them for support groups and keep our services rooted in consulting, coaching, and therapy services.
For the most updated list of Support Groups, please visit the PSI website to see the 20+ groups. Support groups fall into the following categories:
Returning to work after having a child is challenging for a number of reasons. One reason that does not need to (and by law often can't) be a barrier to the transition back is breastfeeding.
We can'[t provide you specific legal information and advice, but we can suggest other organizations that are strong resources.
One of our favorite resources is from A Better Balance and Worklife Law at the University of California San Francisco. It walks you through how to talk to your boss about pumping and the Federal PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act. You can read about it HERE.
– Jennifer Nettles