Ep 16: Mental Health Advocate & Doula Rebecca Hartley-Woods

Rebecca Hartley-Woods, advocate and doula on the Working Birth Podcast

Rebecca Hartley-Woods, advocate for perinatal mood disorders and doula, photographed at the Hillsborough County Children’s Board in Tampa, FL.

Rebecca Hartley-Woods, mental health advocate and doula, discusses her personal experience with perinatal mood disorders and her work founding a non-profit that sheds light on perinatal mood disorders that 1 in 7 moms experience. We talk about the gap between mental health professionals and maternal health professionals and why so many women fall through the cracks, never receiving help. She shares her own experience with postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD and OCD. We also discuss antenatal depression, signs and symptoms, therapy, resources, as well as Rebecca’s background as a public worker and current work as a doula.
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Show notes:

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders include a wide range of experiences and disorders, including postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety, postpartum PTSD, postpartum OCD postpartum psychosis, antenatal/prenatal depression, and more.

The Seventh Mom Project

1 in 7 American women experience postpartum depression (study here)

Perinatal mood disorders are the #1 complication of pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that every woman should be screened for depression and anxiety during the perinatal period

The Dark Side of the Full Moon film

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale: a screening tool (though not a diagnosis) for depression and anxiety

Storms of Motherhood Training

Postpartum Support International– including support for family members.

Find help for dealing with perinatal mood disorders in the U.S. or internationally HERE

If you need help right away:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Website

Postpartum Society of Florida– search for help with postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorder by zip code

Suggested reading list on perinatal mood disorders

You can connect with Rebecca & The Seventh Mom Project on their website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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Power with Presence

Doula Yamel Belen on power with presence - Working Birth podcast

On episode 15 of Working Birth, doula & RN Yamel Belen talks about giving moms power- sometimes by simply being present and there for them- emotionally, physically, and otherwise. Research has shown that a doula’s presence at a birth results in shorter labors, with less complications, and women are less likely to have negative feelings about birth. Doula power!!

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Ep 15: Doula & RN Yamel Belen

Doula and RN Yamel Belen on the Working Birth podcast

Doula and RN Yamel Belen photographed at home in Plant City, Florida.

Yamel Belen discusses her work as a doula and pediatric registered nurse. She talks about how her work as a nurse in the medical foster care system informs her work as a doula, and how she fell into doula work. She discusses trust, empowerment, and the importance of fully supporting women in labor. A mom of five, Yamel talks about involving families in the birth process, and the pregnancy-positive culture she grew up in. Plus, what has surprised her most about being a doula.

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Show notes:

Yamel is a registered pediatric nurse that works for the State of Florida’s medical foster care program. She also has a doula agency: One Love Doula Services.

The Prego Expo

You can connect with Yamel on Facebook and Instagram

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