Our kids & mental health

Many of you know I have been working on a lot of mental and behavioral health projects over the last few years, as I shared in my latest post. Alongside this work, I have had the opportunity to present at a few conferences on pediatric and perinatal mental health topics, and even make a handful of podcast appearances! After spending a lot more time listening to podcasts in the last year, I have a lot of respect for what goes into making and maintaining a podcast! So, I truly appreciate being able to participate as part of what these series … Continue reading Our kids & mental health

2021 Mental & Behavioral Health Work in Review

Hey all! It’s been a while. Mostly because it’s been a really busy and strange year. It’s been radical shift from all completely at-home Zoom work, teaching, and meetings in addition to having a remote schooling 4th grader at home, to now teaching in-person and my son being back full-time in school. The whole family has gotten vaccinated, many of us boostered, traveled, and done a handful of super pre-COVID normal things. And I do crossfit in a mask 🙂 When I spell it out like this, it really hits me that so much has changed and that we have … Continue reading 2021 Mental & Behavioral Health Work in Review

Mental and Behavioral Health in Kids and looking out for the folks who teach and work with them

This past year brought a lot of new challenges; I don’t really need to remind any of you. I am sure that they are just as pressing and present for many of you as they are for me, and our kids. Working in high -risk situations, working at home, losing employment, financial distress, parenting, schooling at home, staying at home, masking/unmasking drama, sociopolitical unrest…did it ever stop? It might not have for many of us. However, for some of us, there is a chance that it affected us slightly differently. Perhaps all of these challenges were slightly less pressing and … Continue reading Mental and Behavioral Health in Kids and looking out for the folks who teach and work with them

2020 was a lot of things; it was also the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

For many, it really is the year of the midwife – December 2020 – News – UW Bothell This Fall I had a chance to chat about 2020: The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and how the pandemic underscored the desire, need, and appreciation for Nurses and Midwives all across the United States. The article linked above was shared in the UW Bothell Newsletter to highlight the vital role that Community Midwives (midwives that serve people birthing outside of the hospital) played in this unique year, how well poised midwifery care is to serve families when healthcare and … Continue reading 2020 was a lot of things; it was also the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Looking to Learn More About the COVID Vaccine?

If you are genuinely interested in learning about the vaccine because you are #undecided or #vaccinehesitant, the linked article is for you. If you have decided that the vaccine is a vehicle for government surveillance, but are reading this on a discoverable device that connects to the Internet, you will likely not find what you are looking for here or in the article. As Naturopathic Physicians we honor Preventive Medicine; vaccines are part of the prevention of community and individual disease that could cause more harm than the intervention itself. Additionally we honor Wholism, and in that vein, we take … Continue reading Looking to Learn More About the COVID Vaccine?

Toilet Paper…

A few weeks back I received a request to talk to a reporter about hoarding. I offered to field it; while I am not an expert in hoarding per se, I have worked with thousands of families over my years. I have had the privilege and opportunity to be in many hundreds of people’s homes. And what I know is that there is *no* one way to live, despite what we have been socially conditioned to think. What I also know is that some folks do hoard, and for a myriad of reasons. So I thought I was going to … Continue reading Toilet Paper…

Living and Grief

I was able to sit with my friend and colleague, Abby Desjardien, to chat about grief and living, and how they are both big and sometime equal parts of this human existence. And maybe that grief is necessary, instructive, and not as dark or scary as we think. Check out her newly launched podcast and our episode here: The Art of Living and Grieving with Dr. Sunita Iyer Enjoy! #griefworkislifework #griefworkismywork #heartoutsideforever Continue reading Living and Grief

Postpartum Grief, Depression, and Anxiety

I spend a lot of time with postpartum people. Figuring out how to hold their hearts and help them thrive after the birth. Talking through the transition from person to parent, or established parent to parent of yet another. All of it is new, and all of it fraught with uncertainty. People rarely talk about the grief of being a new parent, and really of parenting, period. When you choose to parent, we have to acknowledge that not all people choose and some are forced to. And even still, in all situations, there is a grief. We decide or have … Continue reading Postpartum Grief, Depression, and Anxiety

Mothering Day

What is Mother’s Day anyway? Brunch, bubbles, and blooms? I have always had a hard time with this day, even after I became a mother. It never quite met the expectation I had of digging into what it means to mother or be mothered. And I guess I have a problem with life events that are supposed to be important and beautiful, but feel more like small talk. I have my mother in my life and she is a great mother. But it wasn’t always that way for me. We are pretty different people. We see risk differently, we approach … Continue reading Mothering Day

El Dia Internacional de la Matrona

Today is May 5th. Some folks think of it as a good day for margaritas and tacos. It’s also International Day of the Midwife. This is a day, acknowledged all around the world, where we honor the people who quietly walk through fire as a way of life and a profession. Midwives are the attendants for most births around the world. In some places they are traditionally trained by their elders. In many or most places (and in ALL the places that have better maternity and neonatal outcomes than the USA…) Midwives are very highly trained in sitting on their … Continue reading El Dia Internacional de la Matrona