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March 2002
Issue #027


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In this issue:

Robyn’s Nest is Making Headlines!
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder AFTER Childbirth
Postpartum Support Services-What IS a Doula?
Robyn’s Nest Goes Manhattan!
Employment Opportunities
Great New Links!
Local Announcements

Special thanks to our guests appearing this month on Robyn's Nest ~The Parenting Network! Barbara J. Coscia - Mother to Mother, LLC a company that provides Doula Services to Connecticut residents; Susan Czyz and Julie Seethaler from ECHN's Family Development Center's Postpartum Support Groups and First Steps Programs, and Dr. Cheryl Beck, Researcher and Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Not only did we learn all about the less common of the postpartum mood disorders, we also got great resources to share with new mothers everywhere!

Robyn’s Nest is Making Headlines! It seems that our show and website are getting a lot of media attention these days! Check out some articles and awards we’ve received!

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder AFTER Childbirth - When we think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, we think of a war veteran who witnessed unspeakable acts or catastrophic events such as September 11th. What we don't think of are women who have given birth. For approximately 7% of women, the birth experience itself is so traumatic, that they now suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After Childbirth.

Postpartum Support Services – What IS a Doula? The word Doula is derived from the Greek word-meaning servant or handmaiden. It was coined by Dana Raphael, a medical anthropologist, in her 1973 book, “The Tender Gift”, which told of the benefits of woman teaching woman about mothering. Today, a Doula can be considered part nurse, part coach and part wise aunt with 12 children. Find local postpartum support services in your area.

Robyn’s Nest ~ The Parenting Network Goes Manhattan – Beginning the last week of March, look for us on Tuesday Evenings at 7:30pm on Manhattan Neighborhood Network!

Employment Opportunities! -- As we grow and change, opportunities for employment, internships and volunteering are becoming available. Bookmark this page. We may have work for you that can be done right from your home P.C.!

Great New Links!

DONA - Doulas of North America. Thinking about becoming certified? Or looking for a certified Doula in your area? This is where you’ll find referrals and what questions to ask when interviewing a Doula.

Colonial Connecticut Records, 1636-1776 -This pictorial and archive of Colonial Connecticut is an absolute must for researchers and writers. Provided by the University of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.

Food Play – an Emmy Award-winning nutrition and health theatre and video company producing the finest in school theatre shows, video kits, media campaigns, and educational resources to improve children's health.

Camp Shane – children’s weight loss-fitness camp serious help for overweight kids!

Local Announcements -
Connecticut Education Services – Specializing in ADHD is holding Open Houses on March 12th and April 17th 6:30 - 8:30. Reserve a seat - (860) 343-0227

FUN" (Families United Network) Parent Support Group in the Lower Naugatuck Valley on Tuesday evenings starting in April. Child Care & Meals will be provided. @ First Baptist Church, 235 Prindle Ave. Ansonia, CT 06401
For more information & to register contact: Jenn Klonoski 203) 734-0567 or

Robyn's Nest is grateful to be sponsored by:

"BOSTON JOE'S Appliance Repair" Is Your Range Ready? (860) 646-1111;and

"ECHN's, Family Development Center" We Care About Families (860) 646-1222 ext. 2450; and

"Mother to Mother, LLC." 335 Meadow Road Farmington, CT 06032-2714 (860) 674-1009; and

"Tolland Floral and More" We deliver locally or send anywhere! 860-872-4065



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March 2002 Newsletter