Monthly Archives: April 2008

Two new studies about Postpartum Traumatic Disorder

I wanted to share these with you. I am participating in both and if you or someone you know would be willing to share with these researchers, please take the opportunity to do so. Thank you!


Subsequent Childbirth after Previous Birth Trauma
In order to help clinicians provide better care to mothers who are having a subsequent childbirth after suffering through a previous traumatic birth, Cheryl Beck (Professor at the University of Connecticut) and Sue Watson (chairperson of TABS) are now conducting a research study on this topic. Women who have had another child after having experienced birth trauma are invited to participate in this research study. Just like Professor Beck’s previous studies on birth trauma and PTSD after childbirth, this study will be conducted over the Internet. Mothers will be asked to describe their experiences during pregnancy, and labor and delivery after having suffered a previous traumatic childbirth. If you are interested in participating in this research or wish to find out more about this study, please contact Professor Cheryl Beck directly at the University of Connecticut.

Investigating women’s memories of childbirth
Have you given birth recently, or suffered from a traumatic childbirth experience? If so, can you spare a few minutes to help with the following on-line questionnaire: Rachel Harris is undertaking the research study at Sussex University with the help of Dr Susan Ayers who has undertaken a great deal of the leading research into PTSD in the UK. The current study is investigating women’s memories of childbirth, to try to better understand what makes some birth experiences traumatic. These research studies are contributing enormously to our understanding of birth trauma so your help is really appreciated.

Daily Perinatal Mood Disorders Fact

Defining the Differences:

Baby “blues”: fleeting periods of sadness and mood swings immediately after giving birth. Typically goes away within two weeks or less. Risk rate is 80% of all new mothers.

Postpartum Depression: Continued and deeper feelings of sadness and mood swings. Other symptoms may possibly include increased irritability, decreased appetite, inability to sleep, intrusive thoughts, increased anxiety. Risk rate is 10-15% of all new mothers, regardless of how many children she has.

Postpartum Psychosis: Onset is fast and can include delusions, hallucinations, inability to make any decisions, hearing voices. If suspected, the mother needs to be hospitalized immediately and not left alone until she is under professional care. This is rare, every 1 in 1000 women are at risk for developing this and a family history of bipolar or schizophrenia raise the risk even higher.

Daily Perinatal Mood Disorders Fact

Postpartum Thyroiditis occurrence rate: approx 5% of all new mothers (meaning 1 in 20)

Primary Symptom: Fatigue

Read an excerpt from Laura Cramer’s article regarding thyroiditis:

What exactly is postpartum thyroiditis? It is a dysfunction of the thyroid, a gland that regulates the production of certain hormones within the body. After birth, production by the thyroid drops and it may have trouble regulating itself to return to pre-pregnancy levels of production. Another cause of PPT may be the increase in a hormone called prolactin, which is involved with breast milk production and breastfeeding and can cause temporary low thyroid production.Postpartum thyroiditis has been shown to follow three sequential phases: hyperthyroidism (or thyrotoxicosis), hypothyroidism, and recovery. The first phase, thyrotoxicosis, appears one to three months after delivery. It is also known as hyperthyroidism, in which the thyroid gland works in overdrive to produce more hormone than necessary. During this time, you may have trouble sleeping and be overly anxious. After this, approximately three to six months after birth, a phase of hypothyroidism appears. This is a slowing down of production by the gland, and results in weight gain, sluggishness, and intolerance to cold. Postpartum thyroid dysfunction typically resolves without treatment when the mother’s body goes through a recovery phase and returns to a normal thyroid (euthyroid) state.


Saddened by CBS Sunday Morning

This morning we decided not to go to church.

Yesterday was our oldest’s birthday and frankly, we were WORN out and decided to take a day of Rest. And that’s what Sunday is about!

On Sundays that we don’t go to church, we have cinnamon rolls, coffee, and watch CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood as a family because it’s relaxing, family friendly, and has been a tradition for both Chris and I.

This morning, during a story about Religion and the Military that focused on a young man who is an Athiest and currently suing the Army for religious discrimination, there was a spate of graphic language. Jeremy Hall was describing what some fellow soldiers called him as they followed him around in Quitar. There was no warning by CBS, no sign whatsoever that there was about to be such graphic language. I don’t even want to repeat it here because I don’t want to hurt you either. I was compelled to write to CBS Sunday Morning to let them know of my displeasure with the editing decision to leave the graphic comments in the piece. I’m usually not one to promote the idea of censorship of television shows – however – when I am watching a program that I feel safe with and something like this happens, I am deeply saddened and shocked. As soon as he started to use the graphic terms, I switched to the other TiVo and turned on a kid-friendly cartoon.

Below is a copy of the email I sent to CBS Sunday Morning. When I get a response, I will post it as well.

If anyone else caught this and would like to complain, I urge you to contact CBS Sunday Morning at and let your voice be heard.


CBS Sunday Morning has been a tradition in my family for years and one I have begun to pass down to my own young children as it has always been a wonderfully produced and educationally exceptional program that I could count on to be family friendly. Imagine my surprise this morning as we were watching CBS Sunday Morning and without warning of adult language on the horizon, Jeremy Hall stated some rather graphic names that he had been called by a group of men in Quitar as a result of filing a lawsuit regarding his religious discrimination experience in the military. I immediately switched to our other TiVo and put on a kid-friendly cartoon. Thankfully my four year old was not intently watching the television when this occurred.
I am truly disappointed by CBS’s decision to include such graphic language in the context of a typically family friendly program and sincerely hope that there are no plans to repeat this behaviour. I am interested in knowing why this graphic language was left in the program that was to air during the day. If your show was an evening new journal, I don’t think I would have been so shocked and saddened. While I certainly can sympathize with Mr. Hall’s concern for his religious freedom, I believe the story would have been told just as well without the graphic nature of the names he was called.
I appreciate your hard work that goes into every week of CBS Sunday Morning and hope that my family and I are able to continue watching your program together.