October 30, 2020
Heather Kiel, LMSW, PMH-C recently appeared on Maranda – WOTV 4 Women to share coping tips for new moms who are struggling with isolation and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heather, who gave birth to her own child just 10 days before Michigan’s COVID shutdown in March 2020, knows firsthand the difficulties of trying to settle into life with a newborn and without the hands-on support and visits from outside family and friends. Says Kiel,
“The pandemic has added an extra layer of stress for new moms to bear.”
In the midst of COVID-19, new moms may feel they have to make the impossible choice between accepting help from outsiders for the sake of their own mental health and “fierce maternal instinct” to protect their newborn’s physical health at all costs.
Kiel acknowledges that while no one alive today has ever had to cope with the stress of caring for a newborn during a global pandemic, there are lots of ways to safely offer support to new moms while adhering to social distancing measures, such as:
- Dropping off a meal or groceries.
- Setting up weekly calls or virtual meetings to catch up.
- Simply letting a new mom know you’re thinking of her and the baby.
Heather Kiel, LMSW, PMH-C is a fully licensed clinical social worker. She has extensive training in providing treatment for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) and is endorsed and certified through Postpartum Support International (PMH-C).
Heather has a drive and passion for working with and advocating for women navigating their reproductive journeys. She regularly works with pregnant and postpartum women struggling with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, as well as women who may have experienced pregnancy loss and/or fertility related complications.