Online course to prepare for a happy and healthy fourth trimester through videos and guided journaling.

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Will you be the 1 in 5?

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum is a big problem, not just for 1 in 5 women, but for their partners and children as well. Left untreated, PPD can lead to lasting consequences for the family, and even death. If you think you might be at risk, please know we can prevent postpartum depression!

Will you be the 4 in 5?

I did not have full-blown clinical depression after my first baby was born. But, like the other 3 or 4, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Our society does everything wrong to support new parents. Do you worry your baby will stop breathing? Do have trouble sleeping, even when the baby finally sleeps, or have intrusive fears of something happening to you or to the baby?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE! The transition to becoming a parent is hard. I’ve found how to make the fourth trimester transition better. In this course you will learn specific skills and strategies to prevent perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. You can enjoy yourself, your life and your family.

What Can You Expect?

Online Video Education to Prepare for a Happy and Healthy Fourth Trimester

We can prevent perinatal depression?

Yes!! The United States Preventative Services Task Force is an independent group of national experts in prevention medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings and interventions.

They systematically looked at all of the possible interventions – not just to treat perinatal depression – but to actually PREVENT it.

Because, how great could it be if those 1 in 5 parents didn’t get depressed in the first place?

The task force considered several known ways to treat and prevent perinatal depression. They looked at exercise, medication, education, breastfeeding support, sleep coaches, yoga, expressive writing, birth story debriefing… But the only two interventions proven to have a sizable effect in preventing the likelihood that a woman would develop postpartum depression were two types of counseling: Interpersonal Psychotherapy (or IPT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This course is based on these evidenced-based approaches and my clinical experience helping women do this one on one.

But counseling is expensive, far away,
more than I need…

I often hear barriers to counseling.

  • Do you have trouble finding someone that takes your insurance?
  • Are you so busy with prenatal appointments, you can’t take more time off work to see a therapist?
  • Are you not sure you need psychotherapy, but want to learn strategies to prevent postpartum mood and anxiety disorders?

What if you could learn how to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety…

  • From your own home – anywhere in the world?
  • With a combination of videos, reading and journaling?
  • At any time that works for you?
  • On your own schedule, at your own pace?
  • From your own computer, tablet or phone?
  • In 20+ lessons for less than the cost of two therapy sessions?

What People Are Saying

Abby is a unique individual in her ability to be present, empathic and provide clear educated responses of support. She is the real deal. What you experience from her professionally is the same person you experience personally. She is able to provide feedback based in truth and knowledge, wrapped in kindness. She is a lady of strength and dignity. Her professional standards and boundaries are of the utmost integrity. I say all these personal things because when you are dealing with issues of the heart you want someone to walk with you, able to lead when required but also able to let you walk at your pace when needed. Abby can do that, she knows how to meet and support you “where you are at.” As a professional who works with Mom’s suffering with sleep deprivation, I have no hesitation in referring Abby to counsel my clients struggling with postpartum depression, marital communication issues or wanting direction on how to manage the complexity of parenting.

Jen Varela, President / Postpartum Health Alliance , Baby Sleep Expert/Sugar Night Night

I think this course is imperative and informative for women of color due to undue societal norms and unfair expectations that are placed upon them.

Women of color deal with many barriers with access to resources. This online course allows mothers to go at their own pace and time.

Generational trauma has ripped families and support systems apart and this online course provides practical solutions.

I highly recommend it to all my friends, and hope you enroll, too.

Janisha Street, MFT Trainee, PSY D Intern

The Skills and Strategy section is so supportive. It left me feeling hopeful and gave me good structure for ways to refine my self-care moving forward. Overall, I feel like this course is something every new mom or mom-to-be could benefit from, learning ways to understand, reflect on, and self-guide their transition to motherhood in a healthy way. Becoming a mother can be messy and difficult, and this course helps women anticipate, embrace, and work through that transition, as well as recognize when and how additional clinical supports could be helpful. Abby has such a gentle and clear style of coaching. She exudes such calmness/wellness it is nice to know that she is a mom and has been through this transition to motherhood and has come out the other side. Seriously, this course inspired me to take better care of myself and be more understanding of my needs.

Caitlin C.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Abby. She led a new mom support group that I attended weekly for several months, where she helped ease my transition into parenthood (along with all of its joys and stresses). She facilitated great group discussions in a format that made it very easy to share and be heard.

By encouraging us to meet up outside the meeting, she helped me find an awesome support network of ‘mom friends’ that I still chat with every day!

Abby is genuine, caring, and professional. I am so grateful to have her as a resource, and would recommend her to anyone who is experiencing stress, anxiety, or needs help with a life transition–especially new parents!

Jennifer F.

I would recommend this course. There is a place and need to give mothers further education on this topic. I thought the course content was very well organized. The videos were a nice way to break it up so you were not just exclusively reading the material throughout. The journal prompts and exercises, which allow you to see and process your own thoughts in a different way than simply “thinking” about the topic, were the most helpful for me. They are really what facilitate you being an “active” participant in the program. The course is structured such that you can take breaks as needed, at your desired pace. I appreciated having context for the evidence-based aspects of this course, and don’t feel like it was too in depth for the average user to understand. If you need more information, there are resources given throughout the course so you can seek more if need be. A lot of this will probably be new and unique to a lot of women, as it is not something widely discussed by other healthcare providers.

Lauren K.
Thanks for making such a great resource for pregnant/postpartum moms! I liked the organized structure of the course.

I felt like the videos really helped to tie in all the information. I felt like there was a TON of information (which is great).

I think it’s a great resource for women to have and be aware of as they begin their journey into motherhood (coming from someone who really struggled in the beginning) and still do if I’m being honest, but it’s gotten so much better thanks to resources like the ones you provide.
🙂

Karissa B.

The Prevent Postpartum Depression e-course was so helpful to me as a mom at the end of her 3rd pregnancy. Having had some previous birth trauma it was so helpful to take the time to walk through my birth stories & really reflect on how Birth has gone for me. Abby reminds us in the course that this course is not in lieu of therapy, but it was a great place to start! I love how go at your own pace it is! I encourage all new & seasoned moms alike to take this course as an investment in your own mental health. I’m glad I did it.

Anissa

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Frequently Asked Questions

What web browser, program or equipment do I need?2019-08-08T22:34:41+00:00

You can view the Prevent Postpartum Depression course in any web browser but Internet Explorer. It just doesn’t display the videos or all the material. Other than a web browser, no other equipment, programs or downloads are needed. You can use a mobile device or your computer.

Couldn’t I just google info about Postpartum Depression if I needed to?2019-08-03T04:22:47+00:00

I love that there is so much more awareness online now. Yes, you could find a lot of information. In fact, too much. I’ve been following this topic VERY closely for the last six years, and filter through the best of the best information. Rest assured that a perinatal mental health specialist has personally provided the most accurate information possible. And one thing you will NOT find online is the skills and strategies. Those are usually only found in therapy!

Do you need to be pregnant to take the class?2019-08-03T04:08:08+00:00

Nope! While pregnancy is a great time to prepare for the postpartum stage, it’s never too early or too late to learn skills to manage and prevent symptoms. This class can also be helpful for people trying to conceive, having suffered a perinatal loss, or parenting.

I have a hearing/vision impairment. Is the course accessible?2019-08-03T04:11:10+00:00

Please contact admin@preventppd.com to request accessibility accommodation of the Prevent Postpartum Depression course. Please allow one week for delivery of captioning and/or visual descriptions. Thanks!

When does the course start and finish?2019-08-03T04:12:06+00:00

The Prevent Postpartum Depression course starts 8/12/19 and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long does it take to complete the course?2019-08-03T04:18:27+00:00

It is completely self paced so you can go through it as quickly as you like. The videos are all less than 15 minutes each, most less than 10 minutes and the readings are to the point. My goal is to have you spend the bulk of your time on the journal prompts, which is similar to how you’d self-reflect in a therapy session. Some people do a little bit each day for a couple weeks, others love to dive in during a few marathon sessions. Seriously, though… how much time have you invested in researching a registry? Consider this your self-care time 😉

I’d like to bring the course to my members/employees/clients. Do you offer bulk discounts?2019-08-03T04:02:58+00:00

Yes! Please email admin@preventppd.com to discuss your needs.

Do you have to have a diagnosis or be at risk for depression to use this course?2019-08-03T04:14:50+00:00

Absolutely not. This class is designed to help all new parents peacefully make the transition. Pregnancy, the fourth trimester, and later postpartum are times of massive change. Even healthy people with wonderful coping skills can benefit from learning more tools designed just for this stage.

Is this class designed only for women?2019-08-03T04:15:33+00:00

Not at all. One in ten dads or non-birthing partners will also experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This class can be taken by moms, dads, adoptive parents, surrogates, intended parents, grandparents, unicorns, seahorses…

As Seen On

Postpartum Depression Prevention Expert Clips

Abigail Burd, LCSW, San Diego Psychotherapist, Interviewed about
Prevention of Postpartum Depression.

About the Instructor

Hi! I’m so glad you are interested in learning how to be in the best of mental health! Pregnancy and postpartum can be one of the most amazing times in our lives, or one of the worst.

Why I care about the transition to parenthood

I have been a mental health professional for over 20 years, but it wasn’t until I had my own children that I became passionate about supporting new parents. Personally, the time after my first baby was born did hit me like a ton of bricks. No one had prepared me at all for the mood changes, the pressures, or the anxiety of being a new parent.

My good fortune has become a problem

Over the last five years, I have been fortunate to have a full private practice in San Diego supporting perinatal mental health. But I don’t have enough hours in the day! OB/GYNs and other therapists keep referring clients to me and I simply do not have enough time to help everyone 1:1. I have been humbled and honored to witness the difference support and education can make to new families.

Education is not a replacement for therapy. In therapy you are fully seen and heard. But I have found over the years successful ways to help manage anxiety and depression. When I keep repeating myself and find it works for almost everyone, then I know I am on to something… What is even better is that we can PREVENT PPD! I have helped so many of my clients develop personalized plans to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety.

The results are in… this course works

100% of beta testers reported the course increased their knowledge of how to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety.

Now, I know I can do the same for you.

Sincerely,

Abby

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