When Motherhood Hurts

When Motherhood Hurts

By Shannon Wiseley SWFL Counseling Becoming a mother is one of the biggest life-changing events that a woman can experience. Sometimes, these changes are filled with joy and happiness. Other times, the changes can be scary and overwhelming. For many mothers, having a baby triggers an onslaught of unbearable thoughts and emotions that can leave a woman feeling broken and hopeless. Recently, postpartum depression has received media coverage thanks to celebrities like Hayden Panettiere, who has come forward to publicly describe her struggles with the disorder. Although the issue of maternal mental health…Read more …

When do babies sleep through the night?

Babies don’t sleep through the night until between two and three years of age. I wish this weren’t true. I wish I had a magic wand that would take away the challenge of night waking, but I’m afraid it comes with the territory. The good news is that it does get better; the bad news is that it’s not over as soon as we’d like. My personal experience with four children tells me that it takes about two years for the nervous and immune system of a child to mature enough to foster…Read more …