Jane's Blog

Gift Yourself Some Relaxation this Holiday Season

We know that December can be an especially stressful month for families.  In the rush to prepare and perfect holiday joy for others, parents can neglect their own needs.   Remember that the greatest gift is being well.  Pause a moment,  take a deep breath, relax your arms, close your eyes and smile.  REPEAT.  Your mind […]

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Help people struggling with PPD with the revised edition of I’m Listening

I’m pleased to announce that my book I’m Listening: A Guide to Supporting Postpartum Families has been updated and is now available on Amazon.  It has been 12 years since I wrote the original version.  While the content and message remain the same this edition is in a larger format and is a companion book […]

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Daredevil, his mother and me

Remarkable! Marvel Comics has published a story about postpartum mental illness.  In August, Daredevil # 7 was released and I had to have a copy to see for myself.  Their storytellers and colorists have created an accurate and poignant depiction of why a mother would ever abandon her baby.  Through this story, pop culture has […]

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Family Mental Wellness

I returned to my alma mater, Whittier College, to speak to the students about what good mental health looks like and how to fight the stigma associated with mental illness.  This opportunity was at the invitation of “The Ladies of the Athenian Society”, one of many social groups on campus.  I was their first speaker […]

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My favorite Professor

I met Dr. Irene Eber in 1966 when she joined the History faculty my senior year at Whittier College.  She had just finished her doctorate in East Asian Studies at Claremont Graduate School.  I  enrolled in her course called East West Cultural Contacts. My classmates and I were the first to benefit from her youth,  […]

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Trip to Israel and Turkey

It was a privilege and honor to be invited to speak at the 5th International Psychopharmacology Congress in Antalya, Turkey on October 30th. This opportunity encouraged us to return to Israel where we had been 20 years ago. In addition to visiting with Israeli friends and family, we spent time with several remarkable women who […]

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Friendship, Reflection, Patterns and Interpretation

The summer ended with my 50th high school reunion in Palo Alto, California.  It is difficult to explain the emotional attachment I feel toward my childhood classmates.  They were witnesses to our charmed life growing up in an idyllic middle class community during the 1950’s and early ’60s.   While I’ve been in touch with a […]

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Beyond Talk Into Action

All new families need community support.  That is the title of my article that was published today. The link be;ow will take you toit.  My career as a postpartum parent support consultant began as a result of publicity received in 1977 with the founding of Postpartum Education for Parents  (PEP).  For decades, parents in other […]

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Write to Change the World

I believe in the power of words.  All my life I’ve liked to write.  I kept a Diary and I had pen pal friends as a school girl in the 1960s.   Decades later I am a published author.   Recently, I learned that only 10 – 20% of newspaper opinion pieces (opeds) are written by women.  […]

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My new book

Community Support for New Families, A Guide to Organizing a Postpartum Parent Support Network in Your Community is about to be published.  Praeclarus Press inspired me to revise my original Step by Step Guide that I wrote and self-publish in 2000.   This updated book is intended to reach a broader audience than my initial effort.  […]

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