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 - Full Bundle

Bundle all three courses in the PMADs series for the best price!

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. 

Preventing PMADs, Self-Management Strategies, and When to Get Professional Help (Course 2 of 3)

The second in the series, 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.


From the instructor, Tara Dakin Sauer, LMFT, PMH-C:

From my 15+ years combined experience as a newborn care specialist and perinatal therapist, I designed this course to offer expecting and new parents their best possible defense against PMADs.

Whether you are newly pregnant and wanting to build up a strong mental and emotional reserve now, or you’ve already started to experience mood issues during pregnancy or postpartum, I walk you through the most effective self-management strategies you can use to cope with some of the most common thoughts, feelings, and behaviors I see new parents dealing with leading up to the birth or after bringing their baby home.

For less than the cost of two sessions*, you’ll get access to the most important prenatal and postpartum insights I offer my therapy clients - including 15 key conversations about emotional self-care and specific instruction in 14 different coping tools! 

*This course is NOT a replacement for therapy. For parents requiring professional treatment, the course is designed to be a precursor or supplement to individual therapy, couples counseling, and/or medication management with a prescribing physician.

“Understanding Different Treatment Options for PMADs and How to Access Care”

Course 3 of 3

The third and final in the series, 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.

From the instructor, Tara Dakin Sauer, LMFT, PMH-C:

I created this course for the parent that already has a feeling that something isn’t right, or they know they need help, but feels completely overwhelmed when they think about what they need to do to find the right therapist or who has a million doubts and questions running through their mind about possibly taking medication. It’s also for the parent who has already tried therapy or medication but had a bad experience or it's just not really helping, and now is feeling stuck and not sure what to do next.

This course is designed to answer just about every question I’ve heard new parents ask about therapy, medication, and other treatment options you may have heard of for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. My goal is to make the entire process of getting help much more straightforward, giving you clear action steps you can take to get the right kind of help so you can start feeling better as soon as possible!


The instructor of this course series, 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), "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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