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Holistic Support for Jewish Families through the Perinatal Journey

Welcome to our dedicated space at /jewish-perinatal-mental-health/ for exploring and supporting the Jewish community in navigating the profound and complex mental health experiences during the perinatal period. Our site features a diverse range of professionals, therapists, and content that look into the nuanced realities faced by Jewish families from pregnancy through the postpartum phase, offering insights and guidance from experts within the community.

The Unique Considerations of Perinatal Mental Health in the Jewish Community

The perinatal period, which encompasses pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum phase, can be a time of immense joy and transformation, but it can also be accompanied by profound mental health challenges. Within the Jewish community, these experiences are often shaped by a unique set of cultural, spiritual, and social factors that require a tailored approach to support and intervention.

Jewish families may face additional stressors during the perinatal period, such as:

  • Navigating the balance between religious traditions and modern medical practices
  • Navigating complex family dynamics and communal expectations within the tight-knit Jewish community
  • Stigma and hesitancy to seek mental health support due to cultural beliefs
  • Limited access to culturally competent healthcare providers and perinatal resources

These complexities, combined with the universal challenges of the perinatal experience, can contribute to an increased risk of mental health issues, including postpartum depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. Addressing these concerns within the Jewish community is essential for promoting the overall well-being of Jewish families and their newborns.

Watch the videos below to gain insights from Jewish mental health professionals, community leaders, and individuals who have personal experiences to share. These resources provide a compassionate and culturally sensitive exploration of the unique mental health journey of Jewish families during the perinatal period.

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Professionals Who Specialize in Prenatal, perinatal, & postpartum mental health

Rachel Yaghobian, Ms.Ed

Coach, Ms.Ed, RMMC

Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Bina Stefansky, LMSW

Therapist, Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Dr. Chaya Rubin

Therapist, Ph.D.

  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Rikki Ash

Coach, Master of Science, MS

Suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning -Viktor Frankl

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🌎 Holistic
  • πŸ™ Spiritual
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Chaya Satt

Therapist, MSc

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Breena Freid

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Tzippy Farhy, LCPC

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor,LCPC, NCC

Embrace your core and believe in your instrinsic power to change your world.

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Aliza Tropper, LMHC

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

β€œWhen we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🌎 Holistic

Kaila Dickstein

Therapist, Psy. D.

The key to life is moderation.

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ™ Spiritual
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Alla R Shapiro, LMHC

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Your life is your story. You have the power to continue writing your story, editing the outtakes, and control how each chapter is going to end. Start living the story you want to tell.

  • πŸ™Œ Affirming
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • 🌎 Holistic

Esther Brodt, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Within each of us lies the power to access healing and the possibility of moving towards living with more meaning, contentment and ease

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ™ Spiritual
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • 🌎 Holistic

Heather Feigin

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It.

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Alyssa Jaffe, LMHC, PMH-C

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

With Support, Hope and Resilience Emerge!

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🌎 Holistic
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Bassy (Batya) Schwartz, LMFT

Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT

You are the one you've been waiting for -Richard Schwartz

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering

Malka Shaw, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Ready to increase the Joy in Your Life? Let’s take this journey together…

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Simcha Freedman, M.S.Ed.

Coach, Life Coach

Life is a journey; don’t let pain be your driver.

  • 🧘 Calm
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener
  • 🎨 Creative

Bracha Bard-Wigdor

Therapist, LMSW, Intimacy Coach

Bridal, Birth, Budget Educator

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🀝 Collaborative
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Dania Brener

Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN

Your nutrition goals are my nutrition goals!

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Anna Fineberg

Therapist, PhD

  • 🧘 Calm
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Anna Sherman, MFT

Therapist, Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, RP, MA

You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy - Nightbirde

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Frimi Faye Walkenfeld

Therapist, PhD

Pnina Braun (Nina Reiss)

Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy Therapist, LMFT

Take the reins to steer your life on a new path to achieve your dreams, enhance your love life, and develop positive connections.

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ™ Spiritual

Zipa Leah Scheinberg

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, EMDR, SIFI

Healing from C-PTSD is a Soulful Journey of Recovery

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous

Jen Gottesman

Therapist, Master of Social Work

It's never overreacting to ask for what you want and need -- Amy Poehler

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous

Becky Fenton, PsyD

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD

Long Island Psychology and Consulting Services

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Rivky Weiss

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Mindy Friedman, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

We are more awake, alive, and complex than we know.

  • πŸ™Œ Affirming
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Simona Noaghiul Yland

Therapist, MD, MPH, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Fully mindful of each moment. ... "You cannot add more minutes to a day, but you can utilize each one to the fullest

Caryn Guttman-Weber, LMHC

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Miriam Samuels

Dietitian, RD, MFN

Create healthy habits, not restrictions

  • πŸ™Œ Affirming
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Michelle Feder, PsyD

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PsyD

For Better Living

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’ͺ Challenging
  • 🀝 Collaborative
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Yonina Kaufman

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-R, PMH - C,

You do not have to navigate life's journey alone

  • πŸ™Œ Affirming
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Divi (Devorah) Kamman

Psychiatric Medication Provider, PMHNP

The medicine has to go deeper than the wound

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Allison Zweig

Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, PMH-C

I invite clients to set two goals: one for the short term and one for the long term.

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🎨 Creative
  • 🐣 Out of the box
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Danielle Pliver, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

What you feel you can heal

  • 🧘 Calm
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm

Dr. Chaya Lieba Kobernick

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD

לא Χ’ΧœΧ™Χš Χ”ΧžΧœΧΧ›Χ” ΧœΧ’ΧžΧ•Χ¨ Χ•ΧœΧ אΧͺΧ” Χ‘ΧŸ Χ—Χ•Χ¨Χ™ΧŸ ΧœΧ”Χ‘Χ˜Χœ ΧžΧžΧ Χ”

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Raina Balsam

Coach, Results Coach

What would you do if you KNEW you would succeed?

  • πŸ”₯ Energetic
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Yaffi Lvova

Dietitian, RDN

More Confidence, Less Mom-Guilt

Miriam Porat

Therapist, Marriage & Family Therapist

There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life - Tara Brach

Marina Breydo

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Jordan Boehler, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Anything is possible.

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ”₯ Energetic
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Comprehensive Support for Jewish Families During the Perinatal Period

Providing holistic support for Jewish families navigating perinatal mental health challenges requires a multifaceted approach that integrates the cultural, spiritual, and social factors that shape their experiences. Effective interventions must acknowledge the unique needs and considerations of this population and offer tailored solutions that address their specific concerns.

This may include:

  • Culturally competent healthcare providers and mental health professionals who understand the nuances of the Jewish experience and can provide sensitive, holistic care
  • Support groups and community-based resources that foster a sense of belonging and understanding among Jewish families
  • Educational initiatives that destigmatize perinatal mental health issues and promote awareness within the Jewish community
  • Integration of traditional Jewish practices and beliefs into perinatal care and mental health treatment

By adopting a comprehensive, culturally responsive approach, we can empower Jewish families to navigate the complexities of the perinatal period with greater resilience, self-care, and overall well-being.

Cultivating Holistic Healing and Communal Support

Fostering holistic healing and communal support for Jewish families experiencing perinatal mental health challenges requires a deep understanding of the interplay between mental health, cultural identity, and spiritual beliefs. This involves seeking guidance from professionals who have extensive experience working with the Jewish community and are committed to providing culturally sensitive, integrative care.

Through a combination of evidence-based mental health interventions, community-based resources, and the incorporation of Jewish traditions and practices, Jewish families can address the multifaceted challenges they face during the perinatal period. This can include access to culturally competent support groups, integration of spiritual practices into their care plan, and the cultivation of strong support networks within their community.

By prioritizing the unique needs and experiences of Jewish families, we can empower them to achieve optimal mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being throughout the perinatal journey. This can lead to improved maternal-infant bonding, enhanced family and community connections, and a greater sense of empowerment and resilience within the Jewish community.

It is important to note that our professionals are experts in their fields, bringing both clinical expertise and a deep understanding of the Jewish experience to their work.

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