Tips for Making the Most of Your Childbirth Education.

I often get asked if taking a childbirth class is necessary. My response is ABSOLUTELY..but there are a few things to consider/decide before registering. In a hospital based class, the educator is educating you in childbirth, but also about the facility. We of course want our hospital look favorable (I know this because I teach in the hospital I work! I very much love where I work but it doesn’t mean that I don’t sugar coat some practices or policies that I don’t necessarily love when teaching because it would be frowned upon otherwise) Also just because you take a class in a hospital it doesn’t mean that the nurses that are with you in labor and delivery are teaching the classes. The reason that matters is because practices change and while childbirth education has many factors, really knowing what is likely to occur in the real world is sometimes very different then what “should” happen. Many of the out of hospital classes are taught by lay people certified in childbirth education. These educators often have other services they offer (i.e. doulas, placenta encapsulators, prenatal yoga) and while those services have a place, they also have an agenda, because being perfectly honestly birth is a business. Make sure you know the services or philosophies of your educator beforehand and make sure they are practicing within their scope. A childbirth educator is not a therapist, cannot teach psychology and cannot give medical advice. It is also important to ask what their educational background is and if they attend births. If they do attend births how many do they attend and... read more

Dr. Davelman Blogs About Healthy Eating

You never realize how much we use psychology on a day to day basis. Dr. Davelman writes an insightful blog about healthy eating that help you the next time you are out and trying to make healthy choices. Healthy Eating in a... read more

“Normal” Worrying or Postpartum Anxiety?

Dr. Davelman explains the difference between “normal” new parent worrying and postpartum anxiety. If you feel like you could benefit from learning how to calm your anxiety, there are resources available, including our practice. The Difference between a Mother’s Worries and... read more

The True Cost of Therapy

One of the first questions people have when inquiring about therapy is “does your practice accept insurance”. The answer is no. We happily provide a receipt for out of network benefits but we do not interact with insurance companies. This often gets a wide array of responses…most of which are negative.  There are concerns about the cost of insurance, that we must not care or that we are more interested in money then we are about the mental health of people in need. That cannot be further from the truth. There have been plenty of times that I have had conversations with my husband about accepting insurance, and while I often have the fortune of getting things the way I want in our relationship, this is a point he won’t budge on. This past year I had the opportunity to truly understand the cost of therapy. I say opportunity when most people would say misfortune because I now get why my husband will not accept insurance. Hopefully after reading this, the next time you or someone you know is seeking a therapist, more consideration will be given to an out of network provider. Now for the history. My husband and I met more than 15 years ago while working together in prison. He was a psychologist over the inpatient mental health units and I was an administrative assistant in the psychology department. I was working full time while finishing my degree in administration of justice and political science with the goal of going to law school to be a prosecutor. I was 21 years old, very stubborn and, from... read more

When to See a Therapist by Dr. Julie Davelman

When to see a Therapist “I use the analogy that if a person breaks a bone, they can do nothing and the break will eventually heal, but that will take a long time, hurt a lot and likely not heal optimally.  However, if they went to the doctor and had the bone set and put in a cast, the result, although requiring more effort in the beginning, is likely to be better.  The same applies with... read more