What is a PMAD?
Types of PMADs
Steps to Wellness
What Others Have Said
Was a wonderful workshop!
Types of PMAD Disorders, Symptoms, Treatment & Steps to Wellness
Overall, the PMAD workshop was helpful in clearly and concisely reviewing types of PMAD disorder symptoms, identification, treatment and steps to take to wellness. I learned more about types of bipolar disorders and the range of symptoms and treatment.
By: Cassie Ravens
I have done my training to become a postpartum doula through the Long Island Doula Association. I am always interested and eager to learn more when it comes to perinatal mental health and disorders. I myself, struggled for years to get pregnant. My husband and I did 3 cycles of clomid ,along with tracking my cycle when we miraculously got pregnant,only to lose that baby at 12 weeks gestation. When I got pregnant again with my rainbow son, I didn't expect to struggle as much as I did. I was also told at 16 weeks, that our son was high risk for down syndrome. Being adopted, and not knowing my genetic history, made this more upsetting. We then met with our genetic counselor and she calmed my nerves, and said a lot of the tests come back as false positives. I knew regardless the outcome that I loved my son, and it didn't matter because I wasn't changing my mind. I did a non invasive blood test called the Panorama and we waited 8 days to get results. Our son was perfectly healthy! Fast forward to around 27 weeks and my blood sugar came back a little high. I had to do the 3 hr Gestational diabetes test twice! I failed by a few points and I'm sure it was the stress of everything. I honestly felt like I couldn't completely relax until my son was in my arms. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't do well with pain. My husband suggested around 38 and a half weeks pregnant for us to hire a doula. I didn't even know what a doula really did back then, but thank God we did. I felt an instant connection with her, and she had a very calming energy. I was 3 days past my due date, and in labor for almost 20 hours when I finally had my son. It was the best day of my life. I couldn't believe he was finally here. The only problem was I couldn't sleep at the hospital or even home once we got in. I felt like I was on a high but also nervous and felt like I had to constantly watch him and make sure he was breathing. I don't think I slept the first four days longer then a few broken hours here and there. I wish I had a postpartum doula then, but I'm sure my anxiety wouldn't of allowed me to even relax having someone in the house that I didn't know. I am so glad we are able to talk about this more because mom's get overlooked and often pushed to the wasteside once the baby comes home. We feel invisible, and there is no village like there used to be. We were never meant to do this alone, and I am so passionate to help others the way I wasn't. I think this workshop was great because it was very informative. Like my birth doula, Jenn has a natural gift in helping families, and you can see how passionate and supportive she is. Thank you for allowing me to take your workshop!