A Tribute to New Dads

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It’s your first Father’s Day. How do you feel? Overwhelmed, exhausted, and joyful all wrapped up in one? That sounds about right.

Well, it’s time to receive your due honor.  Thank you for the late nights you comfort and feed the little ones.  Thank you for learning how to wash baby clothes and bottles.  Thank you for making the last minute runs to the grocery store, whether morning, noon or night.  Thank you for singing them lullabies in your own special way.

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It isn’t just about the baby

But new dads – please take care of yourself. You may have noticed that you become more frustrated or irritable than normal.  This is common.  Be sure to take time for yourself and rely on the support of family and friends when necessary.  If you begin to always feel out of control, don’t be afraid to seek help. About 1 in 10 new fathers experience Postpartum Depression.  For the benefit of you and your family, there are resources to help!

Consider some of the following options

Call in to a free, live phone session through Postpartum Support International on the first Monday of every month-just for dads! The postpartum support expert will share resources and other relevant information pertaining to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  The call- in number is 1-800-944-8766 and the participant code is 73162.  The session begins at 8 p.m.

Visit your health care provider.

Visit the Psychology Today website to find a therapist that fits your needs best.

Thank you to all the wonderful dads out there

Thank you new dads everywhere for owning your role.  All too often, your good deeds are overshadowed by those men who choose to shirk their responsibilities.

Thank you NICU dads for toiling at work by day and making the hospital your home at night.  We know you don’t get much sleep, but your love for that precious little one in the incubator is what keeps you going.

Thank you dads of multiples for being a professional juggler. We don’t know what we’d do without you.

Thank you foster dads for giving an orphan child a loving home.  They will never forget your affection.

Thank you adopting dads for loving a child as your own.  You have changed the course of their life, and given them a new world.

Thank you dads of sweet angel babies. We know that you hold those children close in your heart.

Thank you.

You are our rock.

Happy Father’s Day.

For more information on postpartum support for fathers, visit:

www.bootcampfornewdads.org
www.postpartumdads.org
www.postpartum.net

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

Meet Janet Bell
Janet BellJanet simply loves people. Her maternal journey with her son’s premature birth and NICU venture has opened up a fresh new desire to help other moms with the same or similar experiences.

Janet is a native of Georgetown, SC. She has worked in the Greenville County School District for several years as a school counselor and Director of Guidance. Janet has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Columbia College (SC) and a Master of Education Degree from Winthrop University in Counseling and Development. She is a certified K-12 school counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, a National Certified Counselor, and a Global Career Development Facilitator and Instructor. She has her own small private practice here in Greenville, Living Water, where she specializes in maternal mental health, adolescence, career transitions, and loss/grief.

Janet loves spending time with her husband Seddrick and her son Graham. She especially loves to visit her hometown family and walking the beautiful beaches.
Contact Info: (864) 326-5312 and journeying.to.well@gmail.com

About the Author
Elizabeth Faulkner, her husband and two young daughters moved back to Greenville in 2013 after spending over a decade in Charlotte and 3 years in the Dallas, Texas area. When first arriving in our area she spent four years working with the staff at Kidding Around Greenville. During that time, she was able to explore the area and build a wealth of local knowledge about all things family related! Prior to working at KAG she spent many years working in marketing at several large corporations, including Verizon Wireless and Strayer University. With her local knowledge, marketing skills and history of buying and selling homes in various states she decided to transition to a career in real estate. Elizabeth is now in her 5th year working as a local real estate agent and is loving every minute of it! In her real estate career, Elizabeth enjoys meeting new people and helping them achieve their housing goals. She loves helping families moving into the area learn their way around the Upstate and find the right spot for them. She also enjoys helping folks who have been here for years sell their home and move on to their next home or phase of life! Elizabeth takes great pride in working hard and providing top-notch service to her clients. Her goal is to make the buying and selling process a smooth one for each and every client she serves! To contact Elizabeth, call 864.414.2434.

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