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Meet Michelle Mounts, a new therapist at Forward Wellness, offering teletherapy.

My name is Michelle Mounts, and I’m a new clinician at Forward Wellness. I am a PA-licensed LSW, and I also have a BC-TMH (those letters stand for Board Certified-TeleMental Health provider). I want to take a moment to describe to you what I will be offering at Forward Wellness and, I hope, answer questions you have about the service....[ read more ]

Checking In and Checking Out

This past week, The University of Pittsburgh released its research on racial and gender inequalities.…. everything is on fire! From my group chats, to news-outlets, social media, national radio stations, and of course the blogs-EVERYONE is chiming in. Should you be listening? NOW HEAR ME OUT. I’m not here to silence anyone or demean their efforts. I am more focused...[ read more ]

Dad’s Matter Too.

I don't know how to talk about dads without someone making assumptions about who I am. I am quite firmly in the middle of this #metoo movement, equal rights and pay for all, with the intersectional feminism force. I focus deeply on the need to support new families that in a way, our society is failing. I support all types...[ read more ]

Finding Space

“Sometimes just being yourself is the radical act. When you occupy space in systems, that weren’t built for you, your authenticity is your activism.” -Elaine Welteroth Finding Space “I can’t make this stuff up.”  Since my entry into the “grown-up” world, the working professional world, this has become a common statement amongst colleagues, friends, family members and even mentors. There...[ read more ]

Transitions: Using breath, movement and connection to navigate new waters and find your footing

by Cortney Seltman, Forward Wellness Intern Happy Back-to-School season! In my house, we’ve got three kids heading to three different new schools, and I’m starting the fourth and final year of my master’s degree and adding a new internship site. Buckle up, kids, away we go. Even if you or someone in your family is not heading to school this...[ read more ]

Pregnancy Loss

The statistics on Pregnancy Loss in the US are not pretty. 1 in 4 families do not get to hold their babies while they take their first breath. The statistics with a full-term pregnancy loss (or stillbirth) is not much better with a 1% statistic for all pregnancies. The likelihood of not knowing the reason for the death is around...[ read more ]

Victim Blaming and Suicide

Oh words. A mom with three young kids jumped off a bridge in Pittsburgh ending her life two nights ago.  She left the kids in the car, ages 1-9. So here is the thing:  This is maternal mortality.  This was potentially PREVENTABLE maternal mortality. This is ONE of the high stakes of not taking care of our birthing people.  The...[ read more ]

But WHY?

I feel like we have a systemic issue where no one is differentiating from fact, research, opinion and experience. We are too busy preaching ‘facts’ that are not facts, but rather research, opinion, or experience.  OR We are arguing against someone’s perceived ‘facts’.  We do not get the whole picture. ​ These are four very different meanings. Facts: Google defines fact...[ read more ]

Perinatal Mental Health – Let’s talk about it!

This is week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week.  The social media campaign that started today through The Blue Dot Project is asking moms to post on social media about #realmotherhood. You know, talking about the reality that we all yell more than we are willing to admit.  We all think we are doing something wrong.  We all want the best for...[ read more ]

What Exactly is a “Traumatic Childbirth” and Why Do We Care?

In this post, I am referring to psychological trauma and not necessarily physical trauma.  Though physical trauma can also hold psychological trauma.  First some simple statistics according to PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment for Traumatic Childbirth) 25 – 34 % of women reported their births were traumatic.  While the percentage that then develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is between 1.5...[ read more ]



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