Meet your Instructor
Tara Dakin Sauer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C), Newborn Care Specialist and Certified Infant Sleep Consultant.
Tara is dedicated to improving maternal mental health by helping mommas AND their babies get better sleep through individual psychotherapy sessions as well as sleep coaching services that are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of moms dealing with postpartum mood issues.
Her goal is to provide the unique support, education, and resources an overwhelmed and exhausted momma needs so that she can feel like a renewed momma – well-rested and confident in continuing her parenting journey!
Learn more about Tara here.
Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) Series
Understanding the Difference Between Normal Postpartum Adjustment, the "Baby Blues" and PMADs (Course 1 of 3)
The first in a series of three courses taught by a perinatal therapist, this course helps differentiate between and clarify common misunderstandings about normal postpartum adjustment, the “baby blues” and PMADs, and describes each PMAD (Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD, Bipolar and Psychosis) in detail using the language and experiences of actual parents rather than in clinical terms.
From the instructor, Tara Dakin Sauer, LMFT, PMH-C:
I designed this course because I have seen so many new parents negatively affected by either a lack of information or misinformation about what is normal and what isn’t as far as what the 4th trimester looks like and feels like mentally and emotionally.
Too many parents feel guilty or crazy or like something is wrong with them for things that are actually completely normal! On the flip side, society has normalized a lot of symptoms of PMADs as what it means to be a “good parent” and well-meaning friends and family will often dismiss or minimize a new parent’s concerns and so these parents are suffering far too long before seeking help.
My intention for this course is to empower parents to be able to actually enjoy those early months - whether that’s through shutting out the noise of unhelpful, and untrue narratives about parenthood, or by realizing that what they are experiencing isn’t normal and allowing them to get help and start feeling better much sooner.
“I was interested in this course as a new parent with a lack of knowledge, and anxiety since giving birth. The course helped me with being able to identify experiences with anxiety thus far during my postpartum journey, and accepting that my experiences are okay but recognizing them as potentially not normal process.”
- First time mom of 3-month old
“This course greatly improved on previous training I’ve received - it really fleshed out details differentiating PMADs from what’s normal and everything in between.”
- Newborn Care Specialist
MORE IN THIS SERIES:
Preventing PMADs, Self-Management Strategies, and When to Get Professional Help (Course 2 of 3)
This course covers how to prepare for the possibility of postpartum mood issues, including what can be done to prevent them or minimize their severity. It also provides self-help resources and provides instruction in a variety of coping strategies. Finally, this course helps make clear when it is time to seek professional help and provides scripts for starting these conversations.
Understanding Different Treatment Options for PMADs and How to Access Care (Course 3 of 3)
This course covers all the different professionally-guided, evidence-based treatment options available for PMADs, including various therapy modalities and psychotropic medications, as well as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) approaches that can be used as an adjunct to therapy and/or medication. It also explains how to find and choose a therapist, how to find and choose a prescriber, and how to pay for behavioral health treatments, whether through insurance or other means.
GENDERED LANGUAGE DISCLAIMER:
The instructor of this course, Tara Dakin Sauer of Renew Psychotherapy and Consulting LLC (DBA A Renewed Momma), recognizes that parents have diverse gender identities and strives to use gender-inclusive language in the course wherever possible. In some instances, the instructor uses the words "woman," "mother" (and its colloquial variations), and "breastfeeding" (and the pronouns "she" and "her"). These instances may be due to referencing the instructor's experience with the clients in her practice, to describing current social constructs (e.g. "mom guilt"), or to describing/referencing research findings that are reported using specific gender terminology.
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- Introduction and Course Overview (4:43)
- Disclaimer (0:41)
- Defining “Perinatal” and “PMAD” (1:20)
- Risk Factors (6:16)
- Normal PP Adjustment vs Baby Blues vs PMADs (21:02)
- Anxiety and Panic (8:44)
- Depression (4:44)
- PTSD (5:19)
- OCD (3:37)
- Bipolar (3:41)
- Psychosis (3:54)
- PMAD or Sleep Deprivation? (3:15)
- More Resources and Final Thoughts (3:13)