I don't even know where to start. The past week just flew by without consulting me. Last Thursday I had the honor of attending the Postpartum Resource Center of New York's Lisa Mary Reilly Visioning Educational Series with The Rochester Postpartum Wellness Coalition for Maternal Mental Health Week. The guest speaker was Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN and the discussion focused on birth trauma.
Cheryl has focused her research on developing a program on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, she has extensively researched disorders that effect millions on women across the globe. Based on the findings from her series of qualitative studies, Cheryl has developed the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS) which is published by Western Psychological Services.
I'm not sure what compelled me to figure out childcare and drive 90 minutes to attend this conference. Interest in my own mental health? Feeling compelled to continue advocating in different ways? The more I learn about other women's experiences, the more compassion and understanding I have. PTSD in childbirth is real. It doesn't just effect women, their partners, and their children, but also their birth worker, nurses, and obstetricians. Not necessarily mind blowing, but not a topic that we discuss enough of.
Through this lunch and learn I was able to meet a few ladies who are pretty infamous with anyone who listens to podcasts. I'm just jumping on the podcast bandwagon and binge listening to episodes from these two professionals.
I introduced myself nervously to people towards the end of our time together. I met Adriana Lozada, a birth doula for the past 11 years. She's been producing an awesome podcast for 3! I couldn't believe that I had never heard of her work, because she's awesome....and world famous....and based right in Rochester. Go check out The Birthful podcast and make sure you listen to her episode with Cheryl Tantano Beck.
When I said hello to Diane Cassidy towards the end of our seminar, she said, "I do a podcast with the Badass Breastfeeder." I blinked a few times, kind of tired from the drive and my waking up around 1AM. I said, "Oh? I don't think I've heard of that. Wait. THE Badass Breastfeeder?!?!"
I got to meet co-host of Badass Breastfeeder's podcast, Diane Cassidy, IBCLC and owner of Diane Cassidy Consulting!?
Pictured here are from left to right (back row): Molly McDermott, Doula & Certified Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga; Lindsay Conley, Community Outreach Work Group Chair – WNY PMAD Task Force; Nancy Owen, RN; Sonia Murdock, Executive Director, Postpartum Resource Center of New York; Special Guest Speaker, Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN; Gaila Harriff, CD (DONA), PCD (DONA), CLC (Healthy Child); Diane Cassidy, MS, IBCLC, ALC, LLE; Pictured here are from left to right (front row): Amy Creamer, LMHC; Jessica Fowler, LCSW; Alexa Weeks, LMSW;
Hi. I'm Lindsay. Daughter, sister, wife, mother and collector of useless (and useful) information.