When the clock struck 12, I wasn’t in Times Square. I wasn’t toasting New Year’s with champagne, or ringing in 2018 at a swanky fete. I was snuggled under the covers, typing and taking notes.
Sure, I took a few seconds to count down with the crowd. To reflect on the year gone by. To review the milestones I did (and didn’t reach). To say a word of thanks for how far my family and I have come in the last 365 days. This year was a tough one, in so many ways. And while I’ve dealt with a ton of storms, I know this year will be better in every way.
When the ball dropped, I had just started a new journey.
Back in April, I became a certified pregnancy health coach. Through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, I learned how to make a difference in the lives of people trying to conceive, those who are expecting babies, and those dealing with the postpartum period. I studied how lifestyle, exercise, attitude, and nutrition can impact a woman’s life at every stage. Through a series of classes and exams, I received tools and resources to empower, inspire, and inform new mothers.
I’m so excited to announce that I am officially a Certified Pregnancy Health Coach! As a coach, I am trained to empower and educate moms with simple and easy ways to create a healthy womb environment, enhance their baby’s growth and development, minimize the risk of health issues, and create a strong and lasting bond with their baby. Through science-based, trusted information, positive encouragement, and continued motivation, I can help pregnant and new mothers achieve their health and wellness goals. I’ll be offering one on one coaching sessions starting this Fall–click the profile link and sign up for the MyMommyVents newsletter to get weekly tips & be the first to know about coaching!
Now that I understand how external factors, like habits and diet, can affect pregnancy, I’m learning how pregnancy impacts a woman’s mental health.
After my experiences with postpartum depression and psychosis, I knew that I wanted to help ease women’s transition into motherhood. Perinatal mood disorders, like postpartum anxiety, depression, psychosis, OCD, and post traumatic stress disorder, affect almost 20% of new moms–and African American (and Latina) moms are even more at risk.
In our community, there’s a stigma around mental health. Although attitudes are changing, thanks to media personalities, bloggers, and hashtags like The Friend Zone podcast, Black Girl in Om, and #BlackMentalHealthMatters, many mothers of color aren’t getting the help or resources they need to address their mental health.
It’s time for me–and women who look like me–to stop hiding in the shadows. It’s time for us to open up, to heal, to help others. It’s time for our stories to be shared and our voices to be heard.
In the last year, I’ve grown mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. This year, I’m committed to helping you do the same.
The new year is the start of new beginnings.