Postpartum

Milk & Cookies: Breastfeeding Support at Blooma

My breastfeeding relationship with my son got off to a rocky start after his complicated birth. First I wasn’t sure if I had enough milk,  then I had too much. I am so thankful for the breastfeeding support group I attended while living in Denver. And, after our rough start, I went on to meet my breastfeeding goals with both of my children. A few years later, as a doula, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor, I am so excited to start leading a similar support group here at Blooma called Milk and Cookies. Breastfeeding support groups are an important part of building a mama’s confidence. It also creates a network of mamas who are able to help you through your struggles and celebrate your successes. Breastfeeding may be natural, but it’s not always easy.  A little reassurance can go a long way. Plus, the evidence shows us that providing women with in-person breastfeeding support helps them to breastfeed for longer.

Here are a few questions I’ve been getting about this new group:

Who is this group designed for?

This group is designed for any breastfeeding mama and her baby. While I expect that a lot of mamas will be seeking support in the first 12 weeks of baby’s life, mamas at any age and stage are welcome. This class is discussion-based and tailored to answering your questions about anything from sore nipples and latch difficulties to pumping at work and transitioning to solids. If you come to class with a question that I am not qualified to answer, I will happily refer you to the best lactation consultants in town!

Do I have to come with a specific question?

Nope! You might just come to practice breastfeeding in public, meet some other mamas with babies around the same age as yours, or because you just ran out of cookies. Yep, we will always have cookies. Listening to others ask questions and get answers can be helpful to know you are not alone in experiencing breastfeeding hurdles.

Do I need to arrive on time?

Of course not! You have a NEW BABY and I know how hard it can be to arrive to anything on time, even with the best of intentions. So shake on some dry shampoo and head out the door. You are welcome no matter what time you arrive.

So, will everyone just have their boobs out the whole time?

Basically, the answer is yes. Most mamas will breastfeed at some point during class because babies get to eat whenever they want. If you feel more comfortable covering up, go right ahead, and if you don’t want to, that’s fine, too! Very quickly, you will get accustomed to talking to other mamas who are also feeding their babies.

Milk and Cookies meets at Blooma at our Minneapolis location on Mondays from 12:30-1:30pm. You bring the milk, I’ll bring the cookies.

You can find this new class on our regular class schedule.

Written by Mari Melby,  childbirth & lactation (CLEC) educator, doula, intuitive healer, writer, and a mama. Learn more on her website, www.marimelby.com.

My Blooma Journey: Gratitude, Motherhood, & Connection

I’m laying on my side, facing my 5 week old baby, his tiny limbs gently exploring the air.  There is soft music playing in the background, sun shining through the window, we’re warm and comfortable.  Strong hands reach to my neck with intention and massage my neck, my shoulders, my back, all the way down to my feet.  Unconsciously, a couple of big tears roll down my checks. It’s such a relief to move my nursing, mama body into powerful poses, to lay down to rest, and then to receive someone’s tender touch and affirmation.  With hormones shifting, emotions raw, and exhaustion all encompassing, these are tears of gratitude. Thank you for this space, thank you for noticing me, and us, together and connected. At a time when every waking (and sleeping!) moment is consumed with giving care, I have a sweet moment at Blooma where I am the one receiving.

In those early weeks and months of Samuel’s life, yoga at Blooma was the place I went to receive.  Parenting young children is so physically demanding, but I don’t think it’s ever more demanding than those first few weeks after giving birth.  In that space of newness and recovery, yoga was the sanctuary of our day. It was the place I went to be acknowledged, celebrated, and encouraged.  A place where I could connect with other moms - where our stories, our concerns, our joys (and sometimes our babies’ cries!) could be heard.  

Samuel is my 4th child, and it hasn’t been like this with my other babies.  There was no sanctuary where I felt that sweet connection and relief. My older kids are in 6, 9 and 12, and  Blooma wasn’t even in existence when I was pregnant for the first time.   Perhaps Blooma’s offerings weren’t as developed when I had the chance with my middle children, but I think the biggest factor was my desire to take care of myself wasn’t as developed.  I look back on those years and I think how much easier things would have been if I’d had this community. And I should have known better, I’ve been involved with the birth world for over 20 years.  

When I was 19, I had the rare opportunity to shadow the village midwife in a small fishing village in India and attended many births with her.  I came back to college, completed a doula training, and attended births in my early 20’s. I became an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner, and opened my practice in 2007 focused on women’s health, specializing in fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum care. I have walked alongside women becoming mothers hundreds of times, always encouraging excellent self-care and valuing of their well-being.  But now, with more things than ever on my to-do list, I finally see this equation from a different angle.

My assumption with my first three babies was that time spent caring for myself took away from the well-being of my family.  I would fit in an acupuncture treatment or massage, but there was no foundation of support that offered consistent care. Now, I recognize that the most important thing for my home, my children and my practice (which has now grown into a much larger women’s health and fertility center) is that I take top-notch care of myself.  Because Blooma has classes where I can bring Samuel with me, and offers childcare on-site, this is much easier to achieve.

My journey with Blooma started with barre class at 14 weeks of pregnancy.  I’d been dealing with very significant pain in my sacrum for a couple of weeks.  I knew that I needed something to help stabilize and strengthen my pelvis and decided to try a barre class.  After the first class the pain had significantly decreased and I was hooked.   I made an effort to get to barre class at least 3 times/week-- it became one of my main priorities.  If I didn’t go, the pain would start to return, so I was motivated. I was also determined to do barre regularly because I remembered how much strength it takes to care for a baby-- to hold and wear a baby, and then a toddler--for long hours, and especially to lug that infant car seat everywhere!    

I had done weight training and exercise during my first pregnancy, but by the time I was recovering from my third birth, I was physically weak and depleted and had a variety of physical ailments related to this.  This time around I wanted things to be different and I was determined to emerge from this pregnancy strong and vibrant.

Samuel is now almost 5 months old and I have marveled so many times at what a profound impact Blooma has had on the ease of my postpartum journey.   We try to make it to babywearing barre at least a couple times each week. Postpartum can be an incredibly isolating and lonely time, especially in the winter months. Getting to class regularly not only boosts my energy and my mood, but has provided connection and community, laughter and support.   

The staff at Blooma and the other women in my classes have witnessed my baby grow within my belly and now out in the world.  They have celebrated with me and sympathized with me, and I have done the same for them. They’ve witnessed me when my baby is adorable and when he’s inconsolable.  By showing up again and again I have not only become stronger and more comfortable physically, but I’ve also learned to be more vulnerable and more compassionate with myself and others.  

For everything I have received at Blooma I am so grateful.  Thank you amazing teachers and staff. Thank you Sarah. And thank you to all the women in the classes who share this space with me.  

Kara is a Blooma Mama and the founder and senior practitioner at Fertile Ground Women's Health and Fertility Center.  Fertile Ground is a holistic women's health center in Southwest Minneapolis offering acupuncture, Chinese medicine, therapeutic massage and Maya Abdominal Therapy for women facing fertility challenges, who are pregnant, postpartum or dealing with other women's health concerns.

Blooma- A Mama Thank You Note

I want to thank you for the safe and nurturing community you have created and continue to foster at Blooma.  We struggled with infertility for many years and when we surprisingly got pregnant it was equally frightening and thrilling.  I loved my prenatal yoga classes.  They became an incredibly sacred space for me - to connect with my soul and with the babe growing inside of me.  They helped me make peace with my fears.  I often tell people the best decision I made when pregnant was joining Blooma.  Once Henry arrived I could not wait to get back to Blooma.  Those first few months in BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby Yoga) were amazing.  I cried my way through the entire class my first time back.  I was filled with so much joy being able to reconnect with myself (and connect with Henry) in that space.  I also wept the day I realized we had outgrown BYOB.  He started crawling and climbing and finding his way off the mat entirely too soon!   I am not sure if hear this…  but… thank you. The space you provide for women (at so many places along the journey) is a gift on countless levels! 

Written by Katie, Blooma mama to little Henry, wife to Travis, lover of sunshine and bearing witness to the stories of others

 

To learn more about the classes at Blooma, please visit us HERE.

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

The uterus grows 500 times its original size during pregnancy. FIVE-HUNDRED!!! It starts deep in the pelvis & by full term it reaches the rib cage, which means everything attached to it stretches & moves too. In addition, all the body parts that are not growing are moving to accommodate your baby. Your lordodic curve (or the curve in your low back) increases exponentially during pregnancy to maintain your balance and keep you from falling over – this can put added stress on your muscles and ligaments on top of all the other body changes occurring. Thank goodness for chiropractic adjustments!

Chiropractic care during pregnancy not only focuses on correcting spinal subluxations in order to restore normal, all-over body function, but it also looks at the sacrum's role in the pregnant pelvis. By adjusting the sacrum we can support healthy pelvic function in an expecting mother throughout pregnancy and into birth. This is done using an analysis called the Webster Technique.

Since the pregnant pelvis is a unit, all its pieces are connected to one another and must be working together to create a comfortable place for baby to grow. The Webster Technique looks at the sacrum and its joints, while checking the round ligaments for tension. The sacrum is attached to the uterus by a strong ligament, therefore misalignment of the sacrum may cause tightening and twisting of this ligament that can contribute to excessive tension in the uterus. By adjusting the sacrum, we can release tension in the structures around the uterus and relieve stress on the uterus. An important part of prenatal care is keeping the round ligaments flexible and relaxed while keeping the pelvis aligned. This helps the uterus maintain balance for the baby to grow in a good position throughout pregnancy. This not only helps keep mom comfortable during pregnancy, but can contribute to a safer, easier birth.

Women usually seek out chiropractic care for low back, hip, and pubic pain as well as discomfort in their ribs and mid-back. These discomforts can also be caused by misalignment of the sacrum and can be improved when receiving regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Getting adjusted while pregnant helps prepare the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating balance in the bones, ligaments, and muscles around the birth canal. Chiropractic care has shown to reduce birth times for first time mothers on an average of 24% compared to women that did not receive chiropractic care while pregnant. Women who have had previous births had a 39% shorter birth times.

A pregnant mama's body is literally changing everyday all day long to accommodate her baby's needs. It's a good idea to get checked regularly to be sure all the growing & moving parts are working together so you have comfort and ease during pregnancy and birth.

Written by Dr. April, Chiropractor and Mama

Dr. April offers gentle, individual pre and postnatal chiropractic care for women and their families. She believes by nurturing and supporting our bodies we are able to experience our full potential – this care is especially important during pregnancy and the months following birth for mom and baby. She is seeing participants in Blooma Mpls, and is Webster certified and a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Make an appointment here, or give us a call: (612) 223-8064

 

Sources:

Nature, Int Wkly J Sci - December 2007

  1. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - May 10, 2012

ICPA Ohm Notes

Fallon J. Proceedings of the world chiropractic congress. 1991; 24-31

Honoring the Significance of Pregnancy & Birth: The Fourth Trimester

Carrying a baby, birthing a baby, and mothering a baby is one of the biggest life experiences.  This transformational journey continues once baby joins a family earthside.  Each mother deserves time and space to heal from the effort of birth, honoring her own unique circumstances and needs.  Planning ahead for the fourth trimester can impact your entire postpartum experience.  Studies have shown that care, nourishment, and guidance during this time can result in long term health benefits to mother, baby, and the entire family.  

No matter what type of birth you experienced, your body went through a significant transformation.  This time is about you mamas and your body needs rest.  In Chinese culture, “Zou yuezi is a sacred 40 day period following birth that is a time to shower the new mother with nourishment and self care through therapeutic baths and deep oil massages.  In Western culture you may not be able to set aside a full 40 days and we understand that, but try making your first two weeks postpartum a sacred time, bonding with baby and resting.  

“Mothers cannot give from a depleted source.  Every mother needs emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual validation, nourishment, and support.  When a mother is respected and well cared for, she, and her whole family, will benefit.” - A motherwoman principle

In our childbirth education classes at Blooma we encourage students to abide by the 5-5-5 rule the best they can.  New mothers should plan to spend at least 5 days in the bed, 5 days on the bed, and 5 days near the bed.  Do you remember birthing your placenta?  There is a wound that size that needs to heal.  Low activity and rest can promote healing of the perineal tissues, allow birther’s organs to reposition themselves, and reduce the length of postpartum bleeding.  Have your partner or others bring you anything and everything you may need.  Request warm nourishing foods from your support team.  According to research, warm, soft foods such as bone broth, soups, or a good combination of carbs, protein and fats can help aid in digestion and provide the needed energy to nourish you and your babies body.  

 

 

After speaking with several postpartum mothers about their postpartum experience, responses were very individual and unique.  More than once, however, mamas noted they wished they would have asked more for what they need.  You are the gatekeeper of your space.  You may decide to decline visitors until you and your partner have enjoyed alone time to connect, get a handle on breastfeeding, and rest.  It’s important to keep in mind that following birth you will experience physical and emotional changes, many of which happen within the first 2- 6 weeks.  This can be a sensitive time.  If you don’t feel comfortable being naked, crying, or sleeping in front of certain family or friends here are a couple ways to decline visitors until you are ready.

*Avoid posting on social media outlets unless you are ready for people to start reaching out.  

*Ignore your phone.  Honestly, this is one of the times in your life it’s totally acceptable to be severely tardy in your replies to text, emails, and voicemails.

*Leave a nice sign on the doorstep saying thank you for celebrating in the arrival of our little one, we are not quite ready for visitors but will let you know when we are.

You may be a mama who is dreading all the alone time and know you will crave connection with others.  Make a list before baby arrives that includes family and friends who have flexibility in the daytime or evening to stop by and keep you company. A postpartum doula can be an amazing lifeline and worth every penny.  Postpartum doulas have specialized training for childbirth recovery, emotional well-being, and breastfeeding.  Postpartum doulas can help during the day or night.  If you would like a list of local postpartum doulas please reach out to a Blooma staff member and we will hook you up!

Regardless of what kind of postpartum choices you envision will best suite you and your family, have a list of people nearby you can call on to help you feel nourished, held, and supported.

Attention family and friends of a new parent: Consider asking, “How can I help you?”  or think “What can I do to make your life easier?”  Instead of bringing a baby gift, bring a meal.  Something that can be put in the freezer is a gift that will be received with gratitude.  Offer to help with laundry, care for baby so mother can take a healing bath or nap, or bring the older children to school.   We’ve included a great list of helpful “gift” ideas for new moms below:

Origins herbal heating pack for muscle tightness in the shoulders/back, etc or make your own rice pack

Padsicles (see Educator Jamie’s recipe here!)

Healing Herb Soaks (we sell a variety at Blooma St. Paul & Minneapolis)

Gift cards for Massage

Set up a meal train or drop off a meal on the front steps  

Robe (mamas keep this by your door and put it on before someone arrives to give the hint they shouldn’t stay long)

Build Your Nest: A Postpartum Planning Workbook

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother

 

Written by Amy Kelley, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Prenatal Yoga & Kids Yoga Instructor and mama-to-be.  You can find me on Instagram as @amykelleydoula or visit my website at www.amynkelley.com

What Is a Health Coach?

The short answer is that as a health coach, I am here to empower you to make changes and meet your health and wellness goals.

I’m Margaret, I’m a health coach and a new mom. Through my journey into motherhood I have experienced how transformative this time is. Our bodies, minds, and hearts are in constant transition through this journey of becoming a mother.  This time of change and transition is HARD. It can be easy to allow your needs as a mom, woman, and human to take a back seat.  However, self-care is paramount for women, especially during pregnancy and postpartum. Self-care allows us to truly know and be in tune with who we are and what we need.  It allows us to approach life from a space that is more balanced, and in turn provide the best care for our families.  This is why I’m so passionate about helping moms during this transformational period.   

A health coach is on your side to offer guidance, support, and accountability on your journey of personal growth and development.  A coach will not tell you what to do or how to meet your goals, but rather will work with you to find solutions that are right for you in your life.  

During a coaching program we will look at your life holistically, touching on areas of diet, exercise, relationships, career, and spirituality – to name a few.  These sessions are tailored just for you and are all about what YOU need.  Some examples of specific topics that could be addressed include:

  • - Diet & nutrition
  • - Exercise and movement routines, including to return to activity postpartum
  • - Stress Management
  • - Self-Care
  • - Fears surrounding life changes (such as pregnancy, labor and birth, and transitioning to parenthood)
  • - Body image and body changes
  • - Work/Life Balance
  •   And More

Programs can be 100% customized to meet your needs.  I offer FREE introductory sessions.  This is a 45-minute session dedicated to getting to know you and learning about your individual goals.  After we determine what your specific needs are we will create a program just for you.  

If you have further questions feel free to contact me at coach@margaretachu.com,  or you may schedule an introductory session through Blooma’s Wellness page.

Written by Margaret Achu - Certified Health Coach, Occupational Therapist, Mama

What on Earth Is a Padsicle And Why Is This DIY Project So Important?

A padsicle is a pad soaked in herbal tea and then frozen to be used not only to help soothe the tissues of the perineum and the vulva after a vaginal birth, but also to promote and expedite the healing process. The tissues of the perineum, vulva, and vagina are quite tender and swollen after birth regardless of whether or not stitches were needed.

Padiscles can dramatically improve the healing process and can help decrease painful sensations of discomfort. I suggest making these during the week of your guess date or in early labor. This is also a great task for partners, postpartum doulas, friends, or family that want to be helpful. My husband and I gathered all the supplies ahead of time and made these during labor. It was a great distraction during early labor and I was beyond grateful to come home to these!

What you’ll need:

  • - Spray bottle
  • - Gallon Ziplock Bag/Tupperware/Glass baking dish with a lid
  • - Parchment paper
  • - 6 quarts of distilled water
  • - 30 overnight/super maxi pads
  • - Pure Aloe Vera Gel-This ingredient is optional! If you do choose to incorporate this ingredient avoid using dyes and fragrances.
  • - Postpartum sitz bath herbal blend. You can order this blend or make your own:
    • 1/2 cup comfrey root
    • 1/2 cup calendula flowers
    • 1/4 cup lavender flowers
    • 1/4 cup witch hazel bark

It is always important to be selective about the products you use for menstrual care, but it is especially important following birth as the tissues of the vulva, vagina, and perineum will be particularly sensitive as they heal. It is best to avoid products containing chlorine, plastics, perfumes, dyes, and other toxic ingredients. When your skin comes in direct contact with chemicals, those chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream these chemicals often accumulate as our bodies typically lack the enzymes necessary to break them down. Be sure to read the listed ingredients as some products that are branded as “natural” or “free & clear” are often misleading. These pads are a fantastic choice.

Instructions:

  • - Bring distilled water to a boil.
  • - Add the postpartum sitz bath herbs to the pot of boiling water. Stir the herbs, cover the pot, and remove the pot from the heat. Allow the herbs to steep for 20 minutes.
  • - Strain the herbs and fill a spray bottle with the tea. Save the remaining tea in a pitcher or mason jar(s) in the fridge for your peri bottle and sitz baths.
  • - Unwrap each pad.
  • - If you are using the aloe vera: Using a butter knife or spatula spread a thin layer of aloe vera gel covering the surface of the pad.
  • - Spray each pad with the tea concentration on where your sore perineum will make contact. Use enough tea to dampen the pad but don't saturate the pad as you want to preserve some of the absorbency of the pads for postpartum bleeding.
  • - Wrap the pad in parchment paper and place in your chosen container. Once container is full place it in the freezer until you are ready to use the padsicles.
  • - When you are ready to use them, unwrap the padsicle and let thaw for 3 minutes before using. Use 2-5 daily for the first two weeks postpartum.

  • *To use in peri bottle: Fill your peri bottle 1/2 way with warm water and then add the tea until the bottle is full. Use this mixture every time you use the bathroom.
  • *To use in a sitz bath: Fill your bathtub with just enough water to cover your lap and then add 1 cup of tea. Soak for 10-20 minutes. Repeat 1-3 times daily.

Written By Jamie Huberty-Koerner is, a mother, birth doula, placenta encapsulator, student midwife, and a childbirth educator at Blooma.

5 Things a Father Would Like You to Know About Postpartum Depression

Being a good dad means I need to be fair, present, kind, consistent, a good communicator, loyal, supportive, open-minded, a good leader, a fair disciplinarian and take good care of myself.

Pretty much …. Perfect.

The truth is, I’m not perfect. I’m human…. and this dad thing is humbling. It’s kicking my ass and bringing me great joy all at once. I’ve never had this kind of experience before.

I have postpartum depression - and so do up to 25% of my male peers.

Here’s what I need you to know:

1 - The traditional therapy model doesn’t work for me.

  • Showing up and admitting to another woman that I’m damaged is very scary and feels unnatural. Men are taught we are supposed to be "tough", and showing emotion makes us wonder if you will still view us as a competent protector and provider.
  • Asking me to talk about emotions I don’t even understand (vulnerability, denial, joy, shame) often leads to a shut-down. Rather than admit that I don't know what to say, I want to "fix" the problem. And I can't "fix" emotions. It's like expecting me to speak a foreign language that I’ve have never heard before.
  • I’d respond better to alternative methods of therapy. Emotion-focused couples therapy can be very helpful, if we are willing to be vulnerable. Here, couples learn an emotional vocabulary, and how to move towards each other, versus away.  Peer support is also very effective. Listening to other men’s stories and having a safe outlet outside of familiar relationships helps me with processing. It also creates accountability, provides mentorship and friendship.

2 - Shame and low self-esteem are my greatest issues -  not anger.

  • Shame is often rooted in family and childhood issues, past trauma/abuse, bullying, and messages from society. Exploring this stuff can often reduce my shame and increase my self-esteem, but often takes time and a therapist that knows to move very slowly.
  • When I am experiencing depression - I presses play on my “worthlessness script” and then act in a way to reinforces it. Why? Because it is what I know how to do and it’s easier than exploring feelings of inadequacy, helplessness, shyness, uncertainty, stupidity or other shame- rooted emotions.
  • What I was taught - is not my fault. It’s helpful for me to hear that what happened to me in my life, what I was taught about self-worth and what it means to be a man,  is not my fault. I also want to know that I have a choice- to continue the cycle, or learn ways to break it.

3 - My postpartum depression will look a lot different than a woman’s.

  • Anger and reckless behavior will be prevalent. Overworking or over-engagement in hobbies to avoid being home, sleeping more or staying up later at night and somatic symptoms (headaches, pain, stomach problems) may be present.
  • Other signs include higher risk of substance abuse, risky behaviors like driving recklessly or engaging in fights.
  • Onset of these mood disorders often occurs later in the postpartum time than in women.
  • Postpartum depression in fathers is seen worldwide.
  • My risk increases if the partner/woman in the relationship has depression, anxiety or OCD. I’m also at an increased risk if I’ve had a past depressive episode or a family history or depression.

4 - There’s no exact tool out there to diagnose my male postpartum depression.

  • Online tests and instruments in general should not be used to make a diagnosis. They are often not thorough enough, personalized enough, and I could lie or minimize my symptoms. But tools like a depression test or the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale can be given as a way to plant a seed for future reflection or conversation.
  • Ask me!!! Is being a father what I envisioned? How is it different? What has the experience of fatherhood been like for me?"
  • Having a partner share their observations in an early therapy session (but NOT the first) can be helpful. Let me create some rapport with the therapist first, and when you come, talk more about my behaviors than how you perceive I’m feeling.

5 - If you suspect I am suffering - don’t push, plant seeds.

  • If I say "I’m Fine" - don't argue. Share your own observations, let me know you are here if anything changes.
  • Tell me it’s ok to feel scared. Tell me it you see me, support me, love me.
  • Try to engage me in activities versus talking about feelings. Suggest we take a walk together, or do a physical activity together that we enjoy. It’s less scary than a face-to-face conversation about feelings.
  • If we decide we need to, lets contact the pros. If I don’t have the energy to call for an appointment - that’s okay. Help me make the call.

 

This piece was inspired by “Parental Mood Disorders: What you need to know about working with Dads” - presented by Mark Meier and Crystal Clancy at the 2016 Beyond the Baby Blues Conference.

Mark Meier, Founder of Face It, a Minneapolis-based center to help men overcome depression.

Crystal Clancy, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Stages Counseling, based in Eagan.

 Sarah Auna, Lamaze-certified Blooma Childbirth Educator.

 

The Top 15 Blooma Blog Posts: #1 – “My Walk with Postpartum Depression & Anxiety”

Once again we bow our heads to our fearless, amazing leader Sarah Longacre. We cannot imagine the courage it took to write this blog post that has been viewed tens of thousands of times and shared all across the world.

For any mother out there struggling with these same issues - know you are not alone. Please know that you can reach out to anyone at Blooma, or go on our Resources page to seek help if you feel so inclined. This horrible bear of a disease affects one in eight mothers, and that is just too much.

Let's shout our stories from the rooftops and do what we can to end this terrible disease.

Once again we need to thank Sarah for sharing this incredible story, this number 1 post in our Top 15 Blooma Blog posts of all time:

"My Walk with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety"

Love to all the mothers out there.

Ann + the Women of Blooma