Below is an ongoing list of resources which may be helpful as we collectively experience a crisis due to the COVID19 pandemic. I encourage you to checkout the mindfulness and meditation section (specifically the apps) as many are updating their content to reflect our current circumstance.
- 7 Cups connects you to caring listeners for free.
- 18 Percent is free , peer-to-peer online support community.
- Helping children cope with disaster (CDC - with additional links)
- Speaking of Psychology podcast (several episodes focused on anxiety related to COVID19)
- Building Resilience (APA)
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990 that provides 24/7, 365-day-a - year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
· Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children by Sarah Naphtali (2003).
· Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence — a Complete Guide to the Groundbreaking Wheel of Awareness Meditation Practice by Daniel J. Siegel (2018).
· Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year by Cassandra Vieten (2009).
· Mindful Moments for Busy Moms: Daily Meditations and Mantras for Greater Calm, Balance, and Joy by Sarah Rudell Beach (2018).
· The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh (1975).
Meditation Apps (free and subscription options):
Postpartum Depression is real. And it's only part of the story. We dig in to ALL of the stuff that no tells you about, but you NEED to know. Dr. Kat, Psychologist and specialist in perinatal mental health, interviews moms, dads, experts and advocates about how to cope, manage and recover from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. We talk about postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and SO MUCH MORE!
The Balance and Motherhood podcast is about putting yourself first in motherhood - giving mamas tools, resources and conversations ranging from topic like sex, relationships, mindfulness, self-care and more.
In each episode we discuss a sticky bit of parenting- anything from sick days to sleep training. We talk about it, laugh about it, call out each other’s nonsense, and then we offer our listeners concrete takeaways.
Whether you are pregnant and looking for inspirational birth stories through your pregnancy, trying to conceive, a first time mom or a veteran mother of multiple children, you can learn, laugh and maybe even cry a little at these moving childbirth stories from women willing to share one of the most intimate moments of their lives.
· The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother Hardcover by Heng Ou, Amely Greeven, and Marisa Belger (2016)
· Birth in Four Cultures: A Crosscultural Investigation of Childbirth in Yucatan, Holland, Sweden, and the United States 4th Edition by Brigitte Jordan and Robbie Davis-Floyd (1993).
· Zuo Yuezi: An American Mother’s Guide to Chinese Postpartum
· Recovery by Guang Ming Whitley and Kai Tsu Easlon (2016).
· What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood by Dr. Alexandra Sacks and Dr. Catherine Birndorf (2019).
· Strong as a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood: The Only Guide to Taking Care of YOU! by Kate Rope (2018).
· The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality Paperback by Kimberly Ann Johnson (2017).
· The Postpartum Plan Workbook by Erin Huiatt (2019)
· Build Your Nest: A Postpartum Planning Workbook Paperback by Kestrel Gates (2016).
· Postpartum Support International: postpartum.net Provider Directory: www.psidirectory.com
· Postpartum Stress Center: www.postpartumstress.com
· Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers Hardcover by Karen Kleiman and Molly McIntyre (2019).
· This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression Paperback by Karen R. Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin MD (2013).
· The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions by Pamela S. Wiegartz, Kevin L. Gyoerkoe (2009).
· Birth Trauma: A Guide for You, Your Friends and Family to Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Birth by Kim Thomas (2013)
· Heal Your Birth Story: Releasing the Unexpected by Maureen Campion (2015)
· Daddy Blues: Postnatal Depression and Fatherhood by Mark Williams (2018).
· Becoming Us: 8 Steps to Grow a Family that Thrives Paperback by Elly Taylor (2014).
· To Have and to Hold: Motherhood, Marriage, and the Modern Dilemma by Molly Millwood (2019).
· How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids Hardcover by Jancee Dunn (2017).
· Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, and April Bolding (2018).
· Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster (2013).
· Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (2003).
· Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood and Trusting Yourself and Your Body by Erica Chidi Cohen and Jillian Ditner (2017).
· Babies Are Not Pizzas: They’re Born, Not Delivered by Rebecca Dekker (2019)
Additionally, an online childbirth resource that informs, empowers and inspires expecting parents and birth-care practitioners globally, to understand the latest, proven, evidence based care practices found at www.evidencebasedbirth.com
· Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices by Sarah J. Buckley (2005).
· Creating Your Birth Plan: The Definitive Guide to a Safe and Empowering Birth by Marsden Wagner (2006).
· The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Weeks by Milli Hill (2017).
Postpartum Support International (PSI) has several VIRTUAL support groups, including a weekly perinatal loss group every Friday. Check out their offerings here.
Books to consider: