Vicky York, board certified lactation consultant and certified postpartum doula, helped nearly 600 families in Oregon since 1992 through the postpartum period. She assisted with adoption, gay couple support, twins, preemies and perinatal mood disorders, and co-facilitated a perinatal mood disorders mother-to-mother support group for women in Eugene, Oregon.
Vicky York passed away in July 2014. Midwifery Today is honored to continue her legacy through her writing.
The author’s mother-in-law Bara Cvarak, with grandchildren Rick and Danica Cvarak
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The roles of grandma and the postpartum doula are often ill-defined, and can be challenging to balance with the immediate needs of a new mom and baby. Author Vicky York discovers that with a little effort and patience, doulas and grandmas can work together. After all, there’s nothing quite like grandma’s love.
Read more…. Accepting Love without Perfection: The Roles of Grandmothers and Postpartum Doulas
Nothing I suggested made her feel better and I recognized from experience that she likely had more than one form of perinatal mood disorder. She was too anxious to know when things were okay and too depressed to follow up on suggestions when they weren’t okay; and sleep deprivation magnified all of it. Read more…. Perinatal Mood Disorders: Understanding and Helping