Postnatal Support Advocates

Postnatal Support Advocates

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How do we measure success?

When you start the day with the following donated items from Dr. Brown's Baby, Kimberly-Clark, Evenflo Feeding , and various others amounting to:

Over a 24 breastmilk storage bags.
Over 48 ni**le shields w/sterilizers
Over 30 cases of diapers
36 breastfeeding kits
Over 25 packs of baby wipes.
Over 24 toothpastes
24 birthing bags with toothbrushes, hair ties, lip balm, lotion, hand sanitizer, a fan, combs for squeezing during birth, gum, a notebook and pen.
Several feminine items.

And you end the day with none!

Not only were we able to distribute these items we were also able to make community connections, educate attendees on Doula support, and bring the community together!

That measures 100% success

Thank you to county Exec, Highmark & Dedicated to Women for sponsoring this event.

Thank you to our information tables Postnatal Support Advocates ,Delaware 211 , Children & Families First Delaware , & Highmark Health Options

Our caterer Pit Daddy's BBQ and the best ice cream truck yall rock!

We appreciate All That Shimmers Parties for keeping the kiddos entertained.

Last but not least Thank you to our amazing Central Delaware Community Doula and Perinatal Educator Program ! Yall did your thing today!
Postnatal Support Advocates + The Healing Cottage will be there this Saturday. Come see us along with a bunch of awesome groups and organizations! If you haven’t been to Killens Pond State Park before, you will not be disappointed with the beautiful surroundings in nature! 🍃🌳😌 Details ⬇️
Happy Mother’s Day! Mamas come enjoy some extra special *COMPLIMENTARY* self-care tomorrow morning @ 10 AM @ The Cottage during Postnatal Support Advocates’ Monday Morning Mamas Group with Healing Cottage Director + Restorative Yoga Instructor www.Instagram.com/yogawithcrystal0925!
As some of you know, since having my first baby 9 years ago, I have been passionate about the support (or painful lack thereof) postnatal parents have. I am a survivor of birth trauma and postpartum PTSD, which has driven much of this passion.
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I, like many, did not have the language, resources or support/village I desperately needed. So, I suffered silently while also gaining momentum to advocate for others like me. I even tried my hand at being a doula, which wasn’t quite the right fit, but it started to get my wheels turning on how I can combine my formal mental health training and education with emotionally supporting postnatal folks.
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I was and am eternally grateful to have my friend + colleague, Jen Sellitto-Penoza, help me navigate these waters, and I am tremendously proud to announce that we have started Postnatal Support Advocates. We meet postnatal clients immediately following their birth (with the first week) IN THEIR HOME and continue throughout the 4th trimester + beyond. We offer emotional wellness/mental health support, community resource connection and so much more. Because we are licensed mental health professionals, we can utilize/bill health insurance for our services, thus reducing or removing costs and barriers to clients. We strongly believe this type of support should be a standard of care for EVERYONE who gives birth as a preventative and proactive approach. We shouldn’t have to wait until we aren’t okay to have support. Please consider following our pages on FB + IG: www.instagram.com/postnatalsupportadvocates, and TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS. ✊🏼💗

In-home emotional wellness visits during the 4th trimester + beyond. As licensed mental health profe

Operating as usual

12/20/2022

FINISH THIS SENTENCE: “Something I give myself now that I my younger self didn’t have is ___________.”

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12/20/2022

I owe myself an apology
For all of the times
I tore myself apart

When I neglected my own needs
Lowered my standards
Berated myself
And put myself down.

For the self-sabotage
I continually inflicted upon myself
And the times when I apologised
For being who I was
And expressing myself authentically.

And I owe myself
The permission to start anew.

To forgive myself
For the battles I fought
That weren’t mine to fight
For all of the love
That I failed to give myself

And for the times when I failed to realise
That rather than being broken
I was worthy of value, respect
And beautiful, brilliant things in life
And that how I treated myself
Dictated how others would view me
And in turn, behave towards me
So by showering myself
With love, kindness, forgiveness and respect
In turn, I could pave the way
For others to do the same.

~ Tahlia Hunter
www.facebook.com/TahliaHunterBlog

Art by Debra Bernier
Shaping Spirit
www.shapingspirit.etsy.com

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12/20/2022

Great last minute gift!

Date Night Babysitting Vouchers- A great last minute Christmas gift for those with kiddos💕

Gift Certificate Pricing:
$50 for a 1.5 hour gift certificate
$100 for a 3 hour gift certificate

Can be sent Digitally and Printed to give to a loved one who needs a date night out!

(Babysitting must be scheduled by recipient in advance)

Contact [email protected] to purchase!

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12/19/2022

Posted • New Year coming.

We are thinking about new goals, resolutions, and manifestations.

What if you include your family's journey to be proactive allies?

What if you intentionally move from raising "good people" to raising "pro-justice" adults?

Together, we can make 2023 a year where human rights and dignity come first.

Will you join me?

February book club & workshop loading.....

12/19/2022

Coffee + Conversation Mamas Circle with with Nicole of is continuing into the new year! Next meeting Jan 19. Contact Nicole to register!

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Posted • .up.motherhood Back with my thoughts from this week.
The end of year slog kinda feels like I’m dragging myself to the finish line. If you’re there too, I see you.

Let me know if any of these resonate with you and tag a friend who could do with reading them.

Happy Sunday. Love,
Illy 🤎

12/19/2022

Posted • .up.motherhood So my husband was ill yesterday. The temptation to put ‘ill’ in inverted comma’s is so tempting but would be unfair, however, it is exactly how I felt.
I had things to do and I needed help with the children and the lack of empathy I felt was clawing away at me. I got myself in a spin of comparison which only fuelled the fury! This was because when I was sick- in fact I didn’t get to be sick. I didn’t get to just stay in bed and recover and because it was the bloody weekend!
I sat there recounting to myself the amount of times I just got up and cracked on, how I didn’t need to rest when I was ill because there was s**t to do and the illness just passed (or did it?)
This lasted a bit and then I was like, “listen to you, you jumped up fool, you’ve fallen for it!” It’s the glorification of pressing on. The lack of listening to the need to rest through this concept of productivity and “strength” that is often only reserved for women. Was it really my husbands fault that he was in bed resting because he was unwell or was it the fact that I never do/can that was breeding this resentment and frustration?

There is most definitely an element of it being that as a mother, I believe intuitively there is something that doesn’t feel quite comfortable about just “forgetting” the kids and looking after myself but it really says a lot of the maternal mental load and how it’s become so incredibly normalised to not share it. As well as the complete asinine tasks that take you that mental load (take them off!).
But really, look how the concept of women being “stronger” is just a way in which we have been gaslit and gaslight ourselves in sustaining capitalism through paid and unpaid labour.

Once my rage passed, I thought, no sister, next time as uncomfortable as it may feel you’re gonna listen to your body and try staying in bed because ultimately when the burnout comes, nobody thanks you.
And I also felt bad because I’d been mean 😂
What are your thoughts? Can you relate to this feeling? Share your experiences! Tag a friend who probably can too!
Illy

12/18/2022

A few years ago during my awakening I began to grieve life as I wanted it to be, and I started being open to the reality of life as it was.

This was extremely difficult for me (and my ego) because I realized I deeply struggled with reality. And I was conditioned to look outside of myself to project blame. Of course, whenever we look outside of self, we will always find something (or someone) to blame.

The ego loves this because it helps us avoid pain. It also helps us to avoid growth. It doesn’t feel good to take a long, hard look at ourselves.

I learned to view life as a neutral observer. Rather than looking at everything in a moral sense: right/wrong, good/bad— I trained myself out of black and white thinking. To focus on seeing cause and effect, and learning from those experiences.

I focused my energy on myself. What I could control. And what I couldn’t. I focused on being compassionate to myself.

Personal accountability gets a bad rap. Why? It’s been used to gaslight, shame, and manipulate people. “Everything in your life is your own responsibility” can bring up a lot of shame. Especially to those of us with childhood trauma who have experienced abuse and neglect. Do children (or anyone for that matter) being abuse or neglect into their lives?

No, they don’t.

Tragedies happen. Things beyond human comprehension happen. Things we can’t explain that leave us feeling scarred, hurt, and angry. People project their pain. Marginalized people deal with hate and bigotry in a culture that is so highly reactive to anything they’re afraid of or don’t understand. This is simply human behavior.

To me, personal accountability is a radical act of self love.

It’s not about blame, it’s about awareness. And it’s massively important for those healing trauma because more than anything we need what we didn’t have in childhood: agency, choice, and conscious intention.

No one is coming to save us not because people are cold or not compassionate. No one is coming to save us because life wants us to face it. To learn from it. And to alchemize our pain so that we can help others to do the same

12/18/2022

Unlearn that you have to force love and connection.

Accept when things aren't ideal and build the type of relationship that can work for both parties.

Sometimes it's best not to have a relationship when doing so is abusive or constantly contentious.

Make choices that support your mental health.

12/18/2022

Today is the last full day to take advantage of our holiday discount on our self-paced and prep classes! ☃️🎄🕎

It’s no lie that the holidays are a busy time but what’s so great about our self-paced empowering courses is that you have FOREVER access to these classes that support your year ❤️ Enroll now and access the course whenever you are ready and as often as you’d like 👍🏽

💫 Link is in our IG bio or at https://blossomingbelliesbirth.retrieve.com/store/ 💫

12/17/2022

Posted • 📅 Put it on your calendar 📅

🌟 All the little pieces are coming together with all the big pieces and OBSTETRIC VIOLENCE: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT COMMUNITY CAN DO ABOUT IT launches January 17 ⭐️✨

There’s so much in here, just keep watching your feed (and my stories!!) for more info 😀 It’s a reimagined way of education+activism and I’m really, really psyched to get it out there because….

you all bring the magic to it. It doesn’t mean anything without the community.

Thank you for all the work you all are doing out there in real time and on the ground. I have created this tool for YOU. 🥰

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Posted • 1 Thing I Am 100% NOT Worried About

I am worried about a lot of things as a parent but I do not lose one second of worry on whether Responsive Parenting could possibly cause “entitled brats who do not respect authority.” I literally NEVER worry about this. So it’s hard to empathize with those who do worry about this because to me it’s a silly question that does not even make any sense. That’s why you’ll rarely get a satisfying answer from me… the whole question is flawed. The question is wrought with childism. But even asked “kindly” it is never a personal worry.

Treating someone else with respect is how you encourage respectful behaviour in return. If our response to disrespectful behaviour is disrespect, then that’s what we teach.

J. Milburn



Learn more about this in my latest 📖

Finding Your Calm: A Responsive Parents Guide to Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation

Link in bio or on the Website: responsiveparentinginspirations.com

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Posted • I would love to support my fellow service-based businesses (especially those pertaining to pregnancy/postpartum) by turning the comment section of this post into a mini-market place, featuring YOUR business! So, if you’re a service-based business or know a service-based business and want to share your/their IG/website in the comments, please do!!! If not, you can still help contribute to the marketplace by sharing this post in your stories and encouraging others to share their businesses in the comments!

The Holiday Gift Guide for the pregnant and postpartum folks in your life!

Service-based gifts will always be my top recommendations for pregnancy and postpartum. Not only are these gifts incredibly thoughtful and useful, they’re better for the environment and don’t contribute to mass consumerism of goods! It’s a win-win. A bonus is that if you waited until the last minute to buy gifts, all of these options require no shipping!

12/16/2022



Posted • I would love to support my fellow service-based businesses (especially those pertaining to pregnancy/postpartum) by turning the comment section of this post into a mini-market place, featuring YOUR business! So, if you’re a service-based business or know a service-based business and want to share your/their IG/website in the comments, please do!!! If not, you can still help contribute to the marketplace by sharing this post in your stories and encouraging others to share their businesses in the comments!

The Holiday Gift Guide for the pregnant and postpartum folks in your life!

Service-based gifts will always be my top recommendations for pregnancy and postpartum. Not only are these gifts incredibly thoughtful and useful, they’re better for the environment and don’t contribute to mass consumerism of goods! It’s a win-win. A bonus is that if you waited until the last minute to buy gifts, all of these options require no shipping!

12/16/2022
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12/16/2022

Posted • So much truth to this! 👏 As a person navigating the unexpected death of my mom + the grief that comes along with that, I can tell you that the folks that have given me the most support are the ones that held (and continue to hold) space for me to feel my feelings WITHOUT trying to solve anything. Grief is not a problem to be solved, so please STOP trying to do that. I do NOT want suggestions, solutions or to be told how to fix it. Or to snap out of it, or to try to not let it interfere with (insert anything here). Or that my mom wouldn’t want me to be sad. Grief cannot be fixed. It is not helpful to suggest she’s in a better place, there’s a reason for her death, at least you have your memories, etc. I actually find it hurtful + an invalidation of my feelings and experience. Hold space, offer support and ASK us about our loved one(s). I WANT to talk about my mom. It brings me joy, and yes, I will most likely cry, but you didn’t ‘make me’ cry. Having to take my mom off of life support and watch her take her last breath makes me cry, not you asking about her. As a culture we can and MUST do better with our approach to grief + those grieving. ❤️‍🩹

Posted • We are often told, “Just tell a griever you don’t know what to say. That is better than saying nothing.”

Ohh, but what if we could do better? What if we as a culture, society, would take the time to learn the words that we could actually say?

*Tell me about your heart.
*I want to just sit with you and hear how you’re doing.
*Ohh how your heart must ache.
*Grieving is just so hard.
*I heard your (person) died. Could I give you a hug? Hold your hand? Sit by you and listen?

What if we
could
do
better?

12/16/2022

I love when my 2 businesses can work together! Custom pressed wine bag with a hand decorated cookie! Add a bottle of wine and you have a great gift! I'll be selling these this weekend at the Perryville, Maryland Christmas Market! I'll have a dozen sets available then some extra cookies as well!

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12/16/2022

Has your young artist been to a DelArt Story & Studio? It gives them an opportunity to join other young artists on a creative playdate at the Museum. There's so much fun in store, register here! https://bit.ly/3tNf4VU

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12/16/2022

Trigger Warning: Su***de
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When I heard the news of Stephen "tWitch" Boss' su***de death, it especially hit hard. My partner in life, also a 40 year old Black man, contemplated su***de after the unexpected loss of his job of 20+ years during the pandemic. He even came so close to it that he took his gun out and had it next to him late one night when he was alone on our back deck while we slept completely unaware.

I knew he was not okay, I knew he was struggling. We tried lots of coping strategies, ideas, suggestions. He started new hobbies. He tried. I never knew su***de was a real possibility for him. I'm even a licensed mental health therapist, and I didn't know it was a real possibility.

I didn't know until months after the incident with the gun on the deck because that's when told me. He struggled to get the words out because of his deep shame for even considering su***de. I will be honest that among many thoughts and feelings, I did also think, "How could he be so selfish? We have kids!"

We talked and talked and still revisit it. We just did as I asked him for permission to share his story. He said the shame he carried for feeling depressed, for losing his job, the feeling of no escape from deep sadness from the moment he woke up until moment he closed his eyes was too much and he just wanted it to stop. He really didn't want to feel that bad anymore and felt lonely, isolated and alone. He didn't want to leave us, but he didn't know how to make the pain stop.

We must normalize not being okay to the point that it's just as normal as saying "fine" when someone asks how you are doing. We must create space everywhere to share what we are really dealing with and normalize community, connection, empathy, transparency, vulnerability and so much more. Telling folks who don't feel okay to just reach out for help is missing the mark on so many levels. It's not on them. It's on all of us.

***deprevention ***deawarness

Photos from Postnatal Support Advocates's post 12/16/2022

Posted • What should we do?

Start a revolution that ends with parents having access to basic human rights?

Tell us how this makes you FEEL and what you think we should DO about it?



























12/14/2022

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