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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...
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Shayna’s story

Each journey in pregnancy and beyond is different. We hope to share real stories from real parents to help break down the stigma, fear, shame, guilt that so many struggle...

Am I at risk for Postpartum Psychosis?

What is Postpartum Psychosis (PPP)? A mental illness during the time after baby is born, the “postpartum” period, PPP as defined and described by the Action on Postpartum Psychosis is...
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Game-changer: FDA approves first drug for postpartum depression.

On Tuesday, March 19, the FDA announced approval of (brand name) Zulresso, a first of it’s kind medication for Postpartum Depression. Zulresso (generic name is brexanolone) was developed through clinical...
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Dear Fellow Medical Providers: don’t create obstacles for your patient.

Fellow providers, please do not stand in the way of your patient receiving mental health services.  There are plenty of obstacles already in the way of individuals finding and engaging...
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What the F.A.Q?

Discussing topics frequently asked by parents who WERE NOT expecting this! Remember that book your sweet Aunt gave you when you announced you were pregnant? Something about “…expecting”? You know,...

Step 1: Know your risk

On Tuesday, February 12th, the United States Preventative Services Task Force issued a recommendation statement  on Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression; find it HERE. (Learn more about what the USPSTF is and...

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.