Stories of Hope

The Benefits of Paid Maternity Leave for Maternal and Child Health (Psychology Today)

By Richa Bhatia, MD, March 11, 2020, Psychology Today New research reviews the benefits of maternity leave. About 23 percent of employed women in the U.S. return to work within 10 days of giving birth. An evidence-based review published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry earlier this week, which was authored by my team and I, shows that paid maternity leave is linked with significant physical and mental health benefits for mothers as well as their children. [ Please click here to read the...

‘Becoming a mother broke me’: For a woman collecting pandemic postpartum stories, the work is personal (Washington Post)

By Theresa Vargas, March 25, 2020, Washington Post Ariane Audet grows quiet on the phone. She is usually the one posing questions about motherhood, and now, she’s not sure how to answer one I’ve asked her. What do you think would have happened if you had to give birth now? She stays silent for so long that I glance at my phone’s screen to make sure we didn’t get disconnected. “I’m afraid to say it,” she finally says. “But I don’t know if I would still be alive.” Three years ago, Audet gave...

Nourishing new mothers: Traditional postpartum diets to soothe the body and soul (The Washington Post)

By Rachel Tepper Paley, March 10, 2020, The Washington Post In the days following the birth of my daughter, my postnatal plan included the usual Western treatments: ice packs and numbing spray, tush pillows and mesh underwear. But my background as an Ashkenazi Jew merited an additional, culinary regimen: so-called Jewish penicillin, a.k.a. chicken noodle soup. On one hormone- fueled afternoon, I wept tears of joy into a steaming bowl of schmaltzy broth — such was its power. The notion that...

Birth in a pandemic: 'You are stronger than you think' (BBC News)

By Kirstie Brewer, April 1, 2020 for BBC News The coronavirus crisis is throwing many pregnant women's birth plans up in the air and leading some health trusts to increase home births. The image captured hearts on social media 10 days ago. Faolán, Gaelic for "little wolf", was born in Drogheda in Ireland on Saturday 14 March and a few days later his grandfather dropped round to see him - through the window. He stayed for 10 minutes, gazing at his first grandchild. It was hard to have family...

AMAR Doula Program Celebrates Its First Graduating Class (The Burke Foundation)

Community Updates, December 19, 2019 With the support of the Burke Foundation, in early 2019 the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ) launched AMAR, a community-based doula program , to improve prenatal, labor, and postpartum support for Hispanic women in the City of Trenton. Now, the organization is thrilled to see the first group of trainees graduate from the program. New Jersey has the fifth highest maternal mortality rate in the country. To address this significant challenge...

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