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A free workshop at Natural Resources Sept 9th: Postpartum Depression and Moods with Dr. Katayune Kaeni

A free workshop at Natural Resources Sept 9th: Postpartum Depression and Moods with Dr. Katayune Kaeni

Everyone keeps telling us that the birth of your baby is a joyous and special time, and that it is.  And our postpartum period (just like pregnancy) is a shifting, dynamic experience with our bodies and babies.  Hormones shift and life changes over night (literally!).  It’s a lot to process, and that’s saying it gently.  Baby blues can often accompany our postpartum experience with up to 20% of new moms  experiencing postpartum depression (PPD) and/or postpartum anxiety (PPA) (Kaeni May 2012).  Mix the changes of life, hormones, new love affair, and heavy LACK of sleep is the perfect combination for intense feels – both good and bad.  But how does a mom know what’s normal or what’s not in the emotional “swing” of things.  How does one build support when baby blues is more than “normal” and how can a new mom prevent PPD/PPA?

Dr. Katayune Kaeni, licensed therapist and mom, will be offering a free workshop on Postpartum Depression and Moods, helping clarify the difference between “Baby blues” and Postpartum Depression.  It’s:

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012


at Natural Resources (1367 Valencia St @ 25th)

For more info check out Natural Resources at

Also, below is a great article on this subject by Dr. Kaeni.

Baby blues vs Postpartum depression (PPD)? Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?


Health Herbal Medicine Tools

Moxa for a breech baby: a demo

Beginning at 35 weeks,  stimulation of acupressure point Zhiyin Bladder 67 with moxa is shown to help turn a baby presenting breech into a vertex position .   Moxa is the dried plant material of mugwart (Artemisia vulgarus) that is pearled into a stick or used loose, and then lit to bring warmth, invigorate the qi and stimulate blood flow to the treated area.    Moxibustion  is most effective when done daily for  5-7 days , twice a day for 15-20 minute intervals.

Check out this video for all the details on how to moxa at home.


Birth Plans and a closed Bridge

The unforeseen and current Bay Bridge closure has thrown a wrench in the commute plans of many Bay Area residents.   And for some,  the bridge closure adds a new variable to one’s birth plan, especially if you share birth support professionals and birth facilities with the other side of the bay.   So how do you plan for the unforeseeable?  Here are some tips I’ve crafted over the course of other bridge closures in conversations with clients and other birth professionals.

  1. Simply, Breathe.  Taking a moment for a breath gives one the time and oxygen needed to work with the current situations, calmly and confidently.  We all need reminders for this basic human function.  Supplying your body what it needs – oxygen – reduces stress hormone production.
  2. Assess what support people and facilitates are near you.  Check in with local friends, care providers, facilities etc. and discuss how your birth plan may be modified.
  3. Create a “safe house” for yourself on which side is across the bridge from your home.  Ask a relative and/or close friend if needed, could you come over and be at home there during early labor and/or late pregnancy needs.
  4. Have a phone list prepared of important numbers – health care providers, birth support people, childcare providers, family & friends.
  5. Plot out your public transit options.  This depends on the time of day, and  public transit can offer some “birthing” support tool NOT available in a car, like:
  • Ability to walk and stand during labor
  • Allows complete focus of the birth partner on their laboring partner.
  • Fast and direct transportation.   The use of BART and a taxi can do wonders 🙂

Other ideas on working with a closed bridge and labor and birth support?  Please feel free to share!  It’d be much appreciated.  Be well.