February 2011
Volume 11 Number 2
Bookmark and Share

What's Inside Wise Woman Herbal Ezine this Month...


Sadness After Pregnancy
Help for New Moms
by Jill D. Chasse

Sadness After Pregnancy Help for New Moms
Reducing the Risk of PPD and Other Postpartum Emotional Issues
by: Jill D. Chasse
mentor, Wise Woman University

Planning, hoping wishing and dreaming and now the big event finally happened… I just had a baby! So why am I not thrilled? Art by Ani Rose Whaleswan Sadness after pregnancy may come as a surprise to many people who expect to be glowing with joy and bursting with pride, but it doesn’t always feel that way. For one thing, you've got a flood of hormones running through your body. You're also physically exhausted, maybe in pain from birth, and now you have a new responsibility that is wonderful, yes, but still a lot of work!

But don’t worry; it is normal to be a little overwhelmed, scared, sad, or confused.
According to The National Institutes of Mental Health, studies show that the childbearing years are when a woman is most likely to experience depression in her lifetime. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child.

So What can you do?

• Continue to take your prentatal vitamins! Some symptoms are caused by imbalances that can be helped by vitamins.

• Eat Healthy- A healthy diet can also help to balance your body's chemistry. It is also vital to take in enough calories when nursing so your baby gets enough nutrition and you don't suffer physically. Talk to your doctor about setting up a diet plan. TOO HARD? Try these simple guidelines: eat a good balance of all the important nutrients! Include dairy, bananas, soy based, folates (leafy greens), and turkey (good source of tryptophan to help your body's production of serotonin). Also citrus foods for vitamin C!

• Support groups can be very helpful. Often talking to other moms who are experiencing similar feelings can not only show you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE but also give you some SUGGESTIONS on what worked for them- different ideas on how to get PAST your sadness.

• Be sure to have some Daddy time! Allow daddy to spend time with the baby so you can take a nap, take a hot bath, go to a cafe , or go for a walk. Don't feel like this is taking away from your bonding time. Being with baby is important, but so is feeling happy about yourself. It is also good for dad and baby to bond. Even if it's just 10 minutes in hot shower or sipping tea while you read a magazine. You are a mommy, but you are also still YOU and will always be you. A woman, a person, an individual.

Remember that sadness after the birth of a baby is normal but it also affects everyone in your household, from your spouse, to your baby, and even other children if you have any. It is important for you to be proactive in dealing with this sadness.

Every day you need to:
And DO SOMETHING FUN! (Even if you don't want to!)

Go write that down on a notepad now and stick it somewhere where you can see it every day. These activities will not only reduce the period of sadness, they will help to prevent a more serious form of depression from occurring.

Parenting may not be all sunshine and rainbows, but enjoying the miracle of your baby, taking care of yourself, and realizing that you’re not alone will help you immensely throughout the journey.

by Jill D. Chasse
mentor, Wise Woman University

Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
Paperback by Jill Diana Chasse. 89 pp. Chase is also the publisher of the Magic of Motherhood.

"I'd recommend it to any woman who has even thought about becoming a mother!" Rosa Durrante, midwife

Price: $14.95


Order Baby Magic for your Magic Baby in our Bookshop


Online Courses with Jill Diana Chasse
Perinatal Mood Issues
Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.
Teacher: Jill Diana Chasse

Prebirth Bonding
Learn exercises and meditations to encourage communication with your baby in the womb, optimizing mental and sensory development as well as promoting the special bond between baby and parent.
Teacher: Jill Diana Chasse

Magic of Motherhood Birthing Education
A Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital. Learn to “Experience, Understand and Enjoy” your labor & delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself and your baby.
Teacher: Jill Diana Chasse

Relaxations and Visualizations for Birth
Relaxations and visualizations involve hypnotherapy/ autosuggestion for relaxation, anti-stress/anti-pain, and self-esteem, as well as communication with the unborn baby and stimulating a mystical and spiritual energy level.
Teacher: Jill Diana Chasse

About the Mentor, Jill Chasse
Jill Chasse, PhD is a counselor certified in "Handling Loss and Grief " and "Understanding Depression." She has additional training in postpartum depression, maternal mental health, and post traumatic stress disorder. She is a member of the APA and certified by IACT.  She also holds an MS in family and developmental psychology and a certification in "Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders."

Wise Women of the Dreamtime:
Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers

Paperback by K. Langloh Parker. 160 pp. This collection of Australian Aboriginal myths has been passed down through the generations by tribal storytellers.

Extending deep into the caverns of humanity's oldest memories, beyond 60,000 years of history and into the Dreamtime, these myths were compiled at the turn of the century by K. Langloh Parker, one of the first Europeans to realize their significance and spiritual sophistication.

Saved from drowning by Aboriginal friends when she was just a child, Parker subsequently gained unique access to Aboriginal women and to stories that had previously eluded anthropologists.

In the stories, women tell of their own initiations and ceremonies, the origins and destiny of humanity, and the behavioral codes for society. Included are stories of child-rearing practices, young love in adversity, the dangers of invoking the spiritual powers, the importance of social sharing, the role of women in male conflicts, the dark feminine, and the transformational power of language.

Wise Women of the Dreamtime allows us to participate in the world's oldest stories and to begin a new dream of harmony between human society and nature.

Price: $12.95

Order Wise Women of the Dreamtime in our Bookshop




Anne-Marie Fryer | Astrid Grove | Catherine Bastedo
Douglas Grunther | Jan Calloway-Baxter
Jill Diana Chasse | Joanne Dodgson | Dawn Gettig
Kris Steinnes | Lisa Sarasohn | Mary Lane | Melissa Potter
Nora Beeman | Roslyne Sophia Breillat | Sara Deutsch | sHEALy
Susun S. Weed | Thea Summer Deer | White Feather


Wise Woman Herbal Ezine is sponsored by www.susunweed.com and www.wisewomanbookshop.com

Menopause Metamorphosis with Susun Weed

©Susun Weed -Wise Woman Center
~ Disclaimer & Privacy Policy ~