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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, it can lead to lasting consequences for the family, and even death. Stigma – the fear of embarrassment and shame – keeps us from telling our friends, “this is tough” or “I’m struggling.” Fortunately, more new parents have been getting real and sharing openly and honestly about their struggles.

Even better, the medical community is FINALLY noticing, too. OB/GYNs have always been good about screening blood pressure and urine, but they are finally admitting postpartum depression is the single most common complication of childbirth. Last year ACOG  updated their postpartum protocol to check in with moms more often and to ask about both mental and physical health. Now we want systems to prevent mood and anxiety disorders.

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? They did a systematic review of several known ways to treat and prevent perinatal depression.

The task force looked at exercise, medication, education, breastfeeding support, sleep coaches, yoga, expressive writing, birth story debriefing (and don’t get me wrong, all of that can be helpful and I often recommend them). But the only two interventions proven to have a sizable effect in preventing the likelihood that a woman would develop postpartum depression were the two types of counseling or psychotherapy they studied.

We often use both Interpersonal Psychotherapy (or IPT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to TREAT perinatal depression and anxiety. And both were shown to significantly help prevent the likelihood that someone even gets depressed.

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. It is an honor to write this review. If you are able to work with Abby then I say “lucky you”… things are going get better!

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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 the cost of one therapy session?

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.

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.

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. 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.

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

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.

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TV Interviews

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

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to be pregnant to take the class?2019-07-17T06:24:48+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.

How long do I have access to the course?2019-07-17T06:24:03+00:00

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

When does the course start and finish?2019-07-17T06:23:15+00:00

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

Do you have to have a diagnosis or be at risk for depression to use this course?2019-07-17T06:26:41+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?2019-07-17T06:25:54+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…

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