postpartum depression

A Postpartum Therapist Shares Tips on Coping with Baby Blues During the Winter Months

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Published on: January 4, 2022

The cold, dark, and dreary months of winter can be hard for anyone struggling with depression but even more so for moms struggling postpartum with the “baby blues.”  Three out of four postpartum women will struggle with short-term mood swings, known as the “baby blues.” This is different than the longer-lasting, more severe postpartum depression which impacts 12% of new moms. The main difference between the baby blues and postpartum depression is how long depression feelings last and how intense those feelings are. If you think you may be struggling with postpartum depression, or you aren’t sure, don’t hesitate to… Continue Reading This Article

An Open Letter To The Friends and Family of a Woman with Postpartum Depression

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Published on: February 12, 2021

Dear partners, friends, and family of a woman with postpartum depression: I know these times are confusing and scary but they will get better.  You are navigating life with a new baby. You are in the midst of sleepless nights, rigorous feeding schedules, and extreme joy as you soak up your little miracle. But the woman who gave birth to this bundle of joy is off, something isn’t right. You look at that woman you thought you knew so well, but suddenly you don’t recognize, and you might be feeling scared. She might be crying a lot, treating you differently… Continue Reading This Article

Doing Postpartum in a Pandemic: What a Pennsylvania therapist wants you to know


Published on: January 22, 2021

The postpartum period is a time of bonding, beauty, shifting hormones, changing identity, and intense sleep deprivation. The weeks after birth can be an overwhelming and stressful time. Add to that a global pandemic and things can be even more challenging.  What can you do to make things easier on yourself? How do you postpartum during a pandemic with ease?  Establish a Postpartum Community  Humans are social people. We crave community, especially when it comes to motherhood. It is important to have an emotional, physical, and mental support system. This could mean some added preparation to make sure you have… Continue Reading This Article

How Online Therapy Can Help New Moms

Black mother sits by desk looking lovingly at baby. She is happy after doing online therapy for women with Move Forward Lancaster doing counseling for women in Erie, PA and Scranton, York, Pittsburg, and beyond. Counseling for postpartum depression lancaster, pa can help mothers like you work through postpartum. Contact us today!

Published on: August 18, 2020

Becoming a mom is exciting and beautiful but it is also full of changes, stress, and sleepless nights. Add to those stressors the isolation and fear that comes from living during a global pandemic, COVID-19, new moms are likely suffering now more than ever. There is a solution–online therapy can help new moms.  With as many as one in five new moms struggling with Postpartum Depression and/or Anxiety, it is crucial that all parents have access to the help they need. Online therapy can be a helpful tool to connect moms to licensed mental health professionals. 1.) Online Therapy is… Continue Reading This Article

Pregnancy & Covid-19: Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Pregant couple holding baby shoes. They are concerned about their pregnancy during the pandemic. Luckily Move Forward Lancaster takes mental health and pregnancy very seriously and are ready to help. Find an online therapist in Pennsylvania that can work through your stress with you. If you're interested we also offer counseling for postpartum depression lancaster, pa

Published on: June 16, 2020

Pregnancy can stir up a lot of emotions, to begin with, and now amid the Covid-19 pandemic, there are even more concerns. Will my baby or myself get sick? Will we be ok? Is it safe to be in a hospital? Will my partner be able to be in the delivery room? What will it be like quarantined with a newborn?    Mental health is so important, especially when pregnant and beyond. And, changes in hormones don’t make it any easier to cope. What can you do to take care of yourself and your baby during these trying times?  Be… Continue Reading This Article

Postpartum Depression: One Woman’s Story

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Published on: May 9, 2017

Many times we expect a smooth transition after having a baby. After all, we do expect it to be the happiest time of our lives, right? Well, what happens when it doesn’t turn out to be the happiest time of our life? Let’s take a look at Grace’s story (fictionalized client). Grace is a new mom who had her first baby four months ago. She called Move Forward Counseling when she found herself crying uncontrollably, unable to get to work, and excessive and frequent thoughts of something happening to her baby or her spouse. “I don’t feel like myself” During… Continue Reading This Article

Do I Have The “Baby Blues” or Something More?

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Published on: November 7, 2016

Having a baby is the happiest time in our lives, right? This is not always true for everyone. It is true however, that this is one of the biggest transitions in our lives. Any transition, whether it be good or bad, may cause distress because we are experiencing something new for the first time. The minute a baby is born everything changes, this new person needs care and attention 24/7! That in itself can be overwhelming! What Is the “Baby Blues?” The above reasons are why having the “baby blues” is so common. Usually with the baby blues, the symptoms last… Continue Reading This Article

 Maternal Mental Health and Access to Care in Lancaster County

Mother in white holds her baby close as light comes in through a window. She contemplates why she isn"t happy about the newborn. The baby is wearing a yellow shirt, and she thinks she may need help dealing with postpartum anxiety. Move Forward Counseling offers counseling for postpartum counseling. Contact us today and bring joy back into your life!

Published on: May 11, 2016

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is networking with other business owners. Recently, I met with two doulas (in case you don’t know what that is, check out their websites: Keystone State Doulas and Lancaster Doulas). These women are on the front lines, so to speak, in helping women through all parts of pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period. They are amazing at what they do and it is obvious they care so much about the women they work with. As soon as I told them I am a mental health counselor, they told me there are… Continue Reading This Article