Introducing Kathy Morelli, our new Guest Community Manager.

I have immensely enjoyed my time with Science and Sensibility! Thank you for the support and comments throughout the month of March. As my assignment draws to a close, I would like to introduce to you our newest Guest Community Manager, Kathy Morelli:

Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wayne, NJ and the Director of BirthTouch, LLC®. She provides Marriage and Family Counseling in Wayne, New Jersey with a special interest in perinatal mood disorders, sexual abuse and its impact on parenting. EMDR is one of  the mindbody therapies she uses to address trauma. In addition, private childbirth education is available for those suffering from depression, anxiety or trauma. Kathy supports women & families in all birth & parenting choices, as she believes safe and loving parenting occurs on a contiuuum of good-enough, normal behaviors.

At her BirthTouch® website, she offers a private online support group for those suffering from perinatal mood disorders called BirthTouch® Social Connect. She blogs about the emotions of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and couples. Kathy is the author of BirthTouch® Shiatsu and Acupressure for the Childbearing Year and BirthTouch® Healing for Parents in the NICU.   Kathy has lectured on BirthTouch® at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Semmelweis Conference for Midwifery, several birth conferences, including BirthWorks®, HypnoBirthing®, at midwifery schools, and at Postpartum Support International’s Annual 2011 Conference. She presents trainings to allied health/birth organizations about maternal mental health, family systems and good-enough parenting and is found on web media, such as PBS’ This Emotional Life, writing and speaking about this subject. She is a CEU provider for DONA International. She  volunteers on Postpartum Support International’s warmline.

Kathy founded and co-moderates #MHON , a psycho-educational and supportive Twitter chat led by credentialed Mental Health professionals around mental health issues, hoping to reduce the stigma around mental illness.

Welcome aboard Kathy! Best wishes for the month of April.

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  1. | #1

    Congratulations Kathy! I am so excited for you and look forward to hearing about everything you’ll be doing here. My best always, Lesly

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    Hi Lisa! Thank you for the introduction! I appreciate your support! I hope I can be half as good as you were throughout March! We look forward to Kimmelin’s return soon! Take care, Kathy

  3. | #3

    Congratulations Kathy! This is such an important niche, and one that is misunderstood and stigmatized.

    I look forward to sharing the good work that you do for the month of April :).

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    @Linda Esposito
    Thank you so much for your support! I look forward to seeing you again here in the next month!

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    @Lesly Federici
    Hi Lesly –
    Thank you so much for your support. I know you do such good service in supporting families with your mindful childbirth education work. Namaste, looking forward to seeing you this month, take care, Kathy

  6. | #6

    What a wonderful contribution to Science and Sensibility! Thank you Lisa for your work, and welcome to Kathy.

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    Hi Walker – Thanks so much for your support! I love your work around birth trauma and maternal mental health!

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    @Kathy Morelli
    hello kathy,
    i want share with you in my experince birth.. my frist failure deliver 14 hours labor with edpitual my son head in pevlic cm 10 open not able push come out end up S-cection i was fought with nurse and dr gyn it was terrible i cant do well focus take care my son my husband took take care everything. i dont know what wrong with me. i went to physologist elaucation found that i have disorder attachment and disorder personailliy many taruma bad background sexual abused. they sent me right one physotheaphy she is trained by EMDR i improved take care to my son and 2nd baby birth csection was very good experince smoothing i do want try vbac but i noticed doula are fear work with me that i am mental illness by disorder perosnailly . how will take slove the problem

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    Hi Lina – It sounds as if you have had many difficult life experiences. I am so sorry you suffered sexual abuse, it sounds like these experiences have left a tough emotional and psychological legacy for you to work out. You are doing the right thing, in finding a psychotherapist near you. I think that such personal issues need professional and local care. I hope you found a good match and stick to working with your local psychotherapist. Sometimes doing such deep emotional work is tiring and frightening and progress seems slow. If you are asking if I know how long it will take you to clear out the damage childhood sexual abuse has caused you, I can only honestly tell you that it will take several years of psycho-therapeutic work. EMDR, in concert with psychotherapy, is a wonderful tool for reprocessing trauma. Please give yourself the gift of time to work with a therapist for at least a year, as these types of things take time. If you are looking for a doula to work with you, there are many doulas listed on the the DONA website. You can call a few of them, to see if any of feel qualified to provide the type of support you need for your next birth. If you cannot find one, ask your ob/gyn or midwife for a recommendation, many doulas are also L&D nurses, who have had to work with a broader population, so may feel comfortable helping you. I hope this helps. warmly, Kathy

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