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Meet our team- Ivette Medrano, PMHNP

Ivette is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Florida International University. Ivette sees patients across the lifespan and has experience working with children, adults, families,...

D-MER (Dysphoric-milk ejection reflex)

D-MER indicates a burst of negative emotions and/or thoughts during milk ejection while breastfeeding or pumping (and sometimes spontaneously). It is unknown at this time just how many women this...

Meet our team: Angel Davenport, PMHNP-BC

Angel is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She has worked as a nurse in the field of psychiatry since 2014, including hospitals, and inpatient and outpatient...

Meet our team: Kalen DeGroat, LCSW

Kalen DeGroat, LCSW at Better Beginnings in Florida

4 lies perinatal OCD tells you- and the actual truths.

OCD during pregnancy and parenting tells LOTS of lies. Learn the actual truth.

“Ghosts in the Nursery”

Becoming a parent is one of the most significant transitions of a person’s life span. One of the things we often do not expect are the “ghosts” of our personal...

Maternal Mental Illness: Let’s talk prevention.

This week, 4/29-5/3/2019 is recognized as Maternal Mental Health Awareness week. Social media shares have included a look at individual experiences, education, common symptoms, the lack of care and addressing...

Nicki’s “Better Beginnings”story

Thank you Nicki for sharing some of your story. Real Moms, real life- not always what we are told to expect. Nicki entrusted the Better Beginnings team to partner in...

Coping with Covid

Finding piece of mind when so much is different.

During COVID 19, what we are doing.

As you know, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As leaders in perinatal mental health care, we are making every effort to avoid encouraging unnecessary panic or...

We’re still here for you!

Posted by Better Beginnings, LLC on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Call us to learn more (352) 462-9484

Moms and meds: What to know.

A consideration for any medication during pregnancy or with respect to lactation is an important topic of consideration. Having the best, up to date and evidence-based information is an important...

MEET OUR TEAM

Standing from left to right: Bailee Howell, our baby whisperer; John V. DePaola, CFO; Kimberly Teitelbaum, PMHNP-BC; Elias Sarkis, MD; Angela Davenport, PMHNP-BC Sitting from left to right: Tiffany Gabriel,...

Postpartum psychosis- a medical emergency!

In approximately 1-2 out of every 1,000 births, a woman will experience an illness termed postpartum psychosis. Some common symptoms of this illness include hallucinations, insomnia (inability or lack of...

Pregnancy-related deaths: A Review

Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), published an updated review on “Pregnancy-Related Deaths.” Find it HERE. The 2017 review gives more information on the following key findings from 14...

Excellence in Maternal Mental Healthcare

Your team at Better Beginnings The Better Beginnings team is passionate about caring for the individuals and families we have the honor of working with.