Episode 26: Dr. Alyssa Berlin

In this episode Alyssa answers these and many other questions:  Who can suffer from a maternal mental health issue?  Are there individuals who are at higher risk?  What are things that partners can be attuned to pre baby and post baby that can first help their partner feel supported, and second be alert if there is a problem?  What role does a traumatic birth experience, or extremely difficult pregnancy play in the risk of PPD?  What can individuals do to lower the likelihood of developing PPD?  Can you experience maternal mental health issues after a miscarriage or abortion?  Is there evidence to show that women who have experienced pronounced maternal mental health issues after one pregnancy ?will most likely experience it again in subsequent pregnancy’s?     Alyssa was also kind enough to offer her voice to anyone out there who is struggling. For more information, and to contact here directly- visit her website :   

In this episode Alyssa answers these and many other questions:

Who can suffer from a maternal mental health issue?

Are there individuals who are at higher risk?

What are things that partners can be attuned to pre baby and post baby that can first help their partner feel supported, and second be alert if there is a problem?

What role does a traumatic birth experience, or extremely difficult pregnancy play in the risk of PPD?

What can individuals do to lower the likelihood of developing PPD?

Can you experience maternal mental health issues after a miscarriage or abortion?

Is there evidence to show that women who have experienced pronounced maternal mental health issues after one pregnancy ?will most likely experience it again in subsequent pregnancy’s?

 

Alyssa was also kind enough to offer her voice to anyone out there who is struggling. For more information, and to contact here directly- visit her website :

 

Hello everyone! Welcome to a episode 26 with a very special expert guest- Dr. Alyssa Berlin.

Dr. Alyssa Berlin is a clinical psychologist "specializing in pregnancy, postpartum and parenting. She offers private counseling for women individually and with their partners on issues such as anxiousness and emotional fluctuation during pregnancy, postpartum blues and depression, and the complex issues that can arise between and around new and expectant parents.

Dr. Berlin is the creator of The After Birth Plan Workshop, a program that prepares couples for what to expect after a baby is born and how to prepare for a physically and emotionally healthy postpartum transition for the baby, for each partner and for the evolving relationship. You can follow the link to the workshop here. 

Dr. Berlin is a labor support doula, combining her psychological background and her doula training to help women and their partners feel empowered and comfortable in the labor and delivery process, both on a physical and emotional level.  Dr. Berlin has a specific expertise addressing  anxiety, fear or any other emotional concern that may arise around having a baby before, during and after the birth.

Dr. Berlin is is on the Board of Advisors for the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and is a faculty member of Maternal Mental Health NOW Training institute.  She conducts a multitude of live pregnancy and parenting workshops throughout Southern California and globally via Skype.  You can read Dr. Alyssa's blogs on the Huffington Post where she contributes to PBS's 'This Emotional Life" project.

Dr. Berlin received her doctorate at Argosy University in Atlanta, GA, went on to become a certified Gottman educator and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Alyssa and her husband, prenatal chiropractor Dr. Elliot Berlin live in Los Angeles and are the proud parents of four amazing children" - (Berlin.com, 2018)

Alyssa and I discuss two modalities that have been shown to be effective in helping women process and ultimately heal from traumatic birthing experiences. The links to the websites for both can be found here: 

Kaitlin Wheeler