Jan 30, 2017
I’m honored to have expert Dr. Diana Barnes back with us today to discuss Postpartum Psychosis. This is a highly-misunderstood part of postpartum mental health and it absolutely needs to be understood and clarified so that mothers get the help they need. See below for supportive resources. We will go over:
-What IS postpartum psychosis?
- Who is at risk?
-"How" does this happen?
- The most important things for people to know about PPP
-Speak to the stigma and how that damages mothers
-How can we support and better interact with a mom who is suffering?
Please go check out Episode 7: The Good Mother, where Dr. Barnes discusses the psychological gestation of motherhood. It’s an essential and fascinating look in to how we become mothers.
Diana Lynn Barnes Psy.D, LMFT is a past president of Postpartum Support International is a member of the training faculty of Maternal Mental Health Now in Los Angeles as well as the California statewide Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and the 20/20 Mom project. She also sits as the mental health consultant for the California Commission on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care.
In addition to private practice specializing in women’s reproductive mental health, Dr. Barnes presents nationally and internationally. As an Expert witness, she has had close to 60 cases in the last 15 years all over the country covering everything from pregnancy denial and neonaticide to postpartum psychosis and infanticide to child abuse causing death.
More from Dr. Barnes:
Book: Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan (Springer, 2014) http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319051154
Postpartum Psychosis resources/support/information:
Action on Postpartum Psychosis (UK): http://www.app-network.org/