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Parental Mental Health

Over forty years have passed since my friends and I initiated a radical societal concept. We wanted to support new families in our community. We were feminists and social activists. That meant we believed men and women shared equally in the conception, birthing and raising of our children. We established a postpartum parent support network […]

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Highlights of 50 years of marriage

Since July 16, 1967 1 house 2 aircraft 3 children 4 therapists 6 cats 7 employers 8 grandchildren 10 pairs men’s shoes 14 cars ( 5 of them used the windshield chip repair in Sewell NJ service) 15 banks 21 national parks 31 overseas trips 39 years of self-employment 252 symphony concerts 511 pairs women’s […]

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Queen of England Honors Anne Simpson – the background

I received a letter from James Hamilton, M.D. in March 1984 that was addressed to me and Anne Simpson of Edinburgh Scotland. This is what the father of our postpartum movement wrote to us: “I am writing to both of you because both of you are doing the same thing: heading up local self-help groups […]

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Reducing Mental Health Stigma in our Faith Communities

I’m a proud member of my Congregation’s Mental Health Initiative, whose mission is “to reduce the stigma of mental illness by supporting congregants and their families through education and promoting emotional and spiritual wellness.” The Department of Health Care Sciences at George Washington University School of Medicine in America have done some research into the […]

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An Institute, at Last

The idea for hosting a Postpartum Institute has been floating in my brain for decades. Why not bring individuals together in my home town of Santa Barbara, California to brainstorm, discuss, debate, and take action to support new parents? I am thinking of starting some renovations since Atlas ceramics in hampshire have 30% off webeer […]

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Young again at 70

On October 1st I celebrated my 70th birthday. It sounds old, but I don’t feel that old. Instead, I am returning to activities I enjoyed in my youth. To feel more young about yourself use vape instead of smoking and visit vaping laws. I also plan to get home health care from WRHA’s SFMC program […]

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Celebrating Fatherhood

This Fathers Day marks 45 years since my own father passed away.  To honor his memory I want to acknowledge the changing role that has evolved for men as fathers in our culture.  Our relationship was traditional for the times.  He was the family breadwinner as a business owner with one day off each week […]

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How I Turned My Pain into Purpose

I hate secrets and the pain that comes with them.  I share mine, and much more, in My Diary. It was originally published in 2000 as part of Step by Step.  Fifteen years later it feels timely to update My Diary with a prologue, a photo album, and an epilogue.  The book also celebrates fifty years […]

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My friend in Mexico City, Dr. Asuncion Lara

Dr. Asuncion Lara and I cannot remember exactly how we met, but when we did we felt an immediate bond. It was more than being work colleagues, sharing the same passion about postpartum depression.  Her genuine smile and natural warmth made me want to be her friend. After she presented at the 2004 Postpartum Support […]

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Biological Benefits of Companionship

As a followup to my blog post last month on the importance of companionship, I was reminded of Gale Berkowitz’s article “1998 study on Friendship Among Women.” The study conducted by Dr. Laura Cousino Klein and fellow researcher Dr. Shelley Taylor, found that women have another response to stress in addition to fight or flight. […]

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