Sad News from PSI-GA
Call to Action for Nykky Floyd - gofundme.com/f/nykky-floyd
Friends, We’re reaching out to share some difficult news from our Savannah community – and to ask for your help.
Last week, we lost a young mother who passed away after giving birth to her second son at St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital. Nykky Floyd was a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, an avid supporter of perinatal mothers, and a fierce advocate for improving Black maternal health, especially in the Savannah area. Nykky volunteered as a state coordinator with Postpartum Support International, connecting local mothers and families with resources and support, and passionately supported our Savannah Climb Out of the Darkness team.
There is a GoFundMe set up to raise money for Nykky’s family for funeral expenses, medical bills, and basic needs for Nykky and Jalil’s infant son, Ehren. If you’re able to donate, please do. This family needs the support of our entire community, as well as the greater maternal and mental health community.
Please share the link wherever you can – every dollar counts: gofundme.com/f/nykky-floyd
In the maternal mental health world, we hear a lot of statistics about maternal mortality, specifically for Black women, and especially in the South. Georgia has in fact been named “the most dangerous state for pregnant women.”
We need to work together to make sure that Nykky is not just a statistic. Nykky was an incredible mother and human who dedicated so much energy toward improving maternal health, yet she lost her life after giving birth. We cannot stay silent about this.
Let’s all do our part to speak up about the public health crisis affecting our country’s Black mothers – including the racism, sexism, and medical neglect that have contributed to this crisis. Let’s make sure we all do our part to support and hold up the families who have lost their loved ones.
The PSI-GA team is sharing this message that was written by the Maternal Mental Health Collective of Savannah. We appreciate that allowed us to share this message and that they organized this fundraiser to support Nykky's family to help alleviate the financial burden while they grieve this devastating loss.
If you have time and/or money to donate, please spread the word and donate today to support this Georgia family.
Dr. Lindemann says...."A journal doesn’t replace a therapist, but if you can’t get an appointment to see a counselor right away, a journal helps bridge the gap. Even if you are fortunate to have access to the behavioral healthcare you need, journaling can still play an important role in lowering your depression and anxiety. You can choose to share your journal with your counselor or not. Again, the choice is up to you.
Whether you pray, meditate, or journal, the old saw about an attitude of gratitude has become recognized as very effective in helping establish and reinforce self-esteem. Good self-esteem helps protect against depression, anxiety, suicide, homicide, and drug overdose." ....Read More
National Suicide Prevention Helpline - 988 - National Maternal Health Helpline - 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746)
All mothers gain weight during their pregnancy, but where do they gain it, how much is a healthy amount to gain, and how much weight is TOO much?
In this article, Dr. Alan Lindemann, an obstetrician from North Dakota nicknamed the “Rural Doc” who has over 40 years of experience, over 6000 babies delivered, will discuss weight gain during pregnancy and we are fortunate to have OBGYN Dr. Alan Lindeman's Top 8 Questions & Answers on Weight Gain During Pregnancy.
1. Why do pregnant women gain weight (outside of the baby's weight)? Women need to gain weight during pregnancy for several reasons:
2. In which areas of the body do women usually gain weight during pregnancy? Mothers gain weight in their breasts, uterus, placenta, amniotic fluid, blood volume, skin and fat (subcutaneous tissue).
3. How much weight can you expect to gain during your pregnancy? Mothers can expect to gain 32 to 35 pounds in pregnancy. Women who weigh less than one hundred pounds need to gain a little bit more, and women who weigh more than 200 pounds need to gain a few pounds less.
4. How much is TOO much weight gained during pregnancy? If you have one baby in your uterus, more than forty pounds would probably be considered too much most of the time. Remember that if you start your pregnancy weighing less than one hundred pounds you should expect to gain a little bit more than 33 to 35 pounds.
5. Should I try to lose weight during pregnancy? Generally speaking, you should not. Why? Because you want to avoid ketones at all costs during pregnancy. Ketones are a chemical your body produces as an alternative source of fuel from your stored fat; unfortunately, high ketone levels can affect your baby’s cognitive abilities. Ketones are created when you don’t eat, such as when you are sleeping, dieting, or fasting, and may also become a problem if you are unable to eat or are vomiting. To avoid problems with ketones, eat frequently. I recommend three large meals and three or four smaller meals a day.
6. What should I do if I'm overweight or underweight before pregnancy? If you are overweight when you start pregnancy — for example, more than 200 pounds — you should probably consider gaining only 25 to 27 pounds during pregnancy. If, on the other hand, you weigh less than 100 pounds, 35 to 38 pounds during pregnancy would probably be a better choice.
7. What foods should women concentrate on eating during pregnancy? During pregnancy remember to try to balance all meals with three things: protein, fat, and carbs.
8. Should you listen to food cravings during pregnancy? Should you ignore cravings to keep weight down? I am of the opinion that cravings are actually good for you. I think it’s important for you to listen to your body and eat what your body tells you to eat. Common cravings include pickles and ice cream. Ice cream in small amounts is good for you as it has a lot of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. If you want to eat ice cream, I suggest you eat real full-fat ice cream. It’s not unusual to crave sweet and sour together, so pickles are not a surprising addition to the ice cream.
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About Dr. Lindemann:
An obstetrician and maternal mortality expert, “Rural Doc” Alan Lindemann, M.D. teaches women and their families how to create the outcomes they want for their own personal health and pregnancy. A former Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota, he is currently a clinical faculty member available to serve as preceptor with medical students in rural rotations. In his nearly 40 years of practice, he has delivered around 6,000 babies and achieved a maternal mortality rate of zero! Learn more at LindemannMD.com and PregnancyYourWay.com.
Online Press Kit: dralanlindemann.onlinepresskit247.com
Is it challenging to find supportive resources in your area? Try our FOZA Finder: If you are in a perinatal or postpartum period, or you are a caregiver, you can request that we make a private search within your community for specific services. No sensitive information is required. You only need provide your email address and zip code and the nature of your request. FOZA will search your community, within 1-10 miles of your zip-code and send you the contact information on the category of service(s) you are seeking. You can also connect with our FOZA Facebook page and send a Private Message to request FOZA Finder Services.
Yes...it's a thing. Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms (SAD)- and awareness can be the key to feeling better. Learn more about this disorder from this article published in the mayoclinic.org
In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. Less commonly, people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses. Read More
From Mom Congress Dec 2022
Five Mom Congress Supported Bills Become Law in 2022
Mom Congress is thrilled to announce the passage of five pieces of our supported legislation in 2022. Thank you to all Mom Congress Member Advocates for your efforts to get these bills (listed below) signed into law.
Data Mapping to Save Moms' Lives Act (H.R.1218 / S.198)
This bill looks at locations in the U.S. where there are high maternal mortality rates to increase broadband access to provide telemedicine in those locations. The bill requires the Federal Communications Commission to incorporate data on maternal health outcomes into its broadband health maps.
Mom Congress first supported the Data Mapping to Save Moms' Lives Act in 2020. Read the White House Press Release here.
PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 1658/H.R. 3110)
The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act will strengthen the Break Time Law by expanding protections for lactating workers.
Mom Congress first supported the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act in 2020.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 1065, S. 1486)
This bill requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to support the health of pregnant workers. Read more about the powerful advocacy efforts made like this Advocacy op-ed published in The Hill.
This bill was included in our 2022 Moms’ Agenda.
TRIUMPH for New Moms Act (H.R. 4217, S. 2779)
TRIUMPH calls for the formation of a temporary Federal interagency Taskforce to coordinate efforts to address maternal mental health, and to create a national strategic plan including recommendations to state governors, House and Senate Committees, and relevant federal agencies to support and improve maternal mental health in the U.S.
This bill was included in our 2022 Moms’ Agenda.
Into the Light for Maternal Mental Health (H.R. 7073, S. 3824)
Provides permanent mental health resources to moms across the country, from a 24/7 voice and text hotline to grants to states to support improved screening and treatment programs.
This bill was included in our 2022 Moms’ Agenda.
Thank you again for all of your support and advocacy!
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#UseYourMomVoice | #TogetherWeWillRise | #MomCongress2022
Alan Lindemann, M.D., aka Rural Doc Alan brings a refreshing spring of accurate information that provides moms with a path to a less stressful experinece with the perinatal and postpartum period. In this article he shares insight on Four Pregnacy Myths Revisted
Pregnant Mothers all search the internet for answers to their questions. The question is what does she do with conflicting information? Pregnancy questions need real answers. On the internet, you can find a lot of conflicting information. Then what? One good solution would be to visit Pregnancy Your Way and ask your questions, learn how this resource can answer your questions and ease your stress. Read the entire article:
If you are experiencing problems finding resources for postpartum depression in your area,
Please follow this link to use our FOZA Finder Service. No private or sensitive information is required.
National Relaxation Day
Relaxation isn’t just for fun: it’s fundamental to your overall wellbeing. They say that stress is the silent killer, because it can take a real toll on your health without you noticing. Over time, that all-too-common feeling of being “stressed out” could lead to:
On August 15, join the National Relaxation Day party by simply enjoying yourself however you like. If you’re a little out of practice with relaxing, check out some of the ideas below for inspiration. Make your holiday plan, then incorporate some of those simple pleasures into an ongoing routine. Read More....
Consider starting a journey with journaling! For National Realxation Day and beyond, journaling can help you relax, help relieve many of the symptoms of stress and help you achieve a sense of self! If you are aready "journaling" share your postive expereinces with a friend and remember to visit the FOZA Journaling page for a look at some amazing journal designs to inspire you and uplift your your day! www.FOZAInc.org/journaling
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The Mama Baby mobile health unit is provided through a partnership with the March of Dimes and UM Capital and is specifically designed to help uninsured and under-insured women throughout Prince George's County receive quality health care. We see women of childbearing age and pregnant women.The unit is equipped with 2 private exam rooms and is staffed by an experienced team of certified nurse midwives. The Mama and Baby Mobile Health Unit travels throughout the county to deliver a range of health services for women and babies:
2022 MMH Advocacy Day
Organizations Combining to Work With Policy Makers
to Improve Maternal Health Care Across the Nations
2020 Moms - Mission: To Close the Gaps in Maternal Healthcare
Shades of Blue - Committed to Breaking Cultural Barriers in Maternal Mental Health & ensuring black women get the proper care they deserve during and after childbirth.
MMHLA - Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance - Dedicated to promoting the mental health of childbearing women in the US via universal education, screening, referral & treatment of MMH challenges.
2022 - Black History Month
Article from PSI News
Why is this? Well, there are many contributing factors, most of which are grounded in systemic racism, from lack of diversity in healthcare to higher levels of stress and trauma to perceived racial discrimination, which leads to overall distrust in the healthcare system. All of these reasons and so many more play a role in the experience of Black women regarding perinatal mental health care. Black women continue to fall through the cracks. So what is PSI doing to help change this narrative?