Posts tagged mental health
Moving to the Middle: Joy on the Other Side of Postpartum Depression

That beeping. I’d hear it all the time: sitting on the couch, in the car, just as I was falling asleep. I’d be finally feeling safe and I’d hear that “beep beep beeeeeep” of a monitor going off. We were home, we were so incredibly lucky that our baby was doing so well, and yet, I couldn’t shake the anxiety, the sadness and the guilt. And that damn beeping in my head was a constant reminder I wasn’t okay.

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NICU Parents and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

My daughter spent 114 days in the NICU and as she is approaches 2 years old, I’m still suffering the after-effects.  Since I launched this blog during NICU Awareness month, I’ve focused heavily on my experience during those 114 days. Looking back at all of the photos and recounting what I went to has dredged up bucketfuls of ‘Yuck’.  In my past life, I was a very data & research driven person. I still read studies, research outcomes, and the like when I’m interested in something. Recently, I read studies about Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) specifically for parents in the NICU and through them all, found myself asking myself…

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