Time for a Hormone Harmony Summer! I have been on the air once a week for 11 years… It is time for a ‘hormonious’ break! Will be back on the air in the fall – but in the meantime, I will be posting the ‘Best of the Best’ of my most favorite radio interviews.
This interview with Cheryl Jazzar is incredibly important. I have had so many women reaching out about extreme anxiety and depression post-pregnancy. And the New York Times ran an article which will appear as my feature post on Thursday (6/19) about postpartum depression being called ‘maternal mental illness.’
Not the kind of label a new mom wants to receive.
Cheryl Jazzar is the founder of WellPostpartum Consulting. She has supported thousands of new mothers since 1998. Her background is in psychology, counseling and women’s studies with a Master’s degree in Human Relations.
After pregnancy Cheryl suffered a severe postpartum depression and psychosis. She was hospitalized for six weeks and told she would have to remain on medication for life. She ended up divorcing and losing custody of her precious daughter, Angelica.
These experiences, and her remarkable healing, led her to develop a passion for helping women live the type of motherhood they were meant to have. She hasn’t used any medication in over 15 years and she and Angelica now live together after more than a decade apart!
Cheryl co-founded Postpartum Support of Oklahoma with Sheryl Cozad, MFA, which hosted the state’s first postpartum mood conference. She was trained in assessing and treating mood and anxiety disorders by Dr. Shoshana Bennett at The Postpartum Health Alliance.
Cheryl served as a volunteer state coordinator with Postpartum Support International for 8 years. She has also received training on weaning from medications to nutritional supplements by Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Charlie Popper.
Ms. Jazzar has provided numerous trainings and been interviewed for local and national television programs, including Know the Cause with Doug Kaufmann. She authored “Postpartum Emotional Health” in the book 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health.
Cheryl lives in Norman, Oklahoma with her adorable family of six. Together they enjoy traveling, museums and exploring abandoned oil-boom towns.