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As a new mother, many people expect you to make the most dramatic changes of your life almost instantly – and to do so while you are exhausted, fragile, anxious, possibly dealing with postpartum depression or baby blues, full of self-doubt, and struggling to live in the twilight zone known as Baby Time.

Since our society fails to acknowledge this reality, family and friends are often confused about what you are supposed to do and feel, and don’t know how best to help you.

One prominent false belief is that by the time a birth mother has her postpartum 6-week checkup, she has managed to complete her adjustment – both physically and emotionally – to motherhood.

Another misconception is that adoptive mothers and stepmothers are likely to feel comfortable and happy in their new role right away, since they are not physically postpartum. In truth, adaptation to motherhood takes 24 months or longer.

Each time.

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    Confessions of an Alchemist ~ The Power of Choosing Again

    Her big eyes searching my face, I couldn’t hold her gaze. Head down, I was ashamed I couldn’t answer her question. “Mom, can we have a whole day together to just do fun things? We can eat our favorite goodies and not have you do any work at all?” My head spun. I was recovering […]

    Body Screaming at You? What You Need To Know Now

    Is your body screaming at you? Out beyond the altar of doing more, faster, there is a space of awareness, wisdom and compassion. I’ll meet you there. May these true confessions of an alchemist guide your way. Ever look at yourself with a sense of humor? I had a bumper crop of that recently, three […]

    Lost Your Joy? How To Find Your Happy!

    It’s time to reconnect with joy! Sweetheart, listen up: YOU belong. YOU are important. YOU touch the lives of people around you in ways you can’t begin to imagine.  YOU are a force for good, a node of Divine connectivity enriching our greater experience, and I LOVE YOU. You and I are among the amazing souls […]

    Want to Reclaim Your Health? Speak Your Truth Now!

    This is the truth I never thought I’d tell. I offer it to you as inspiration and encouragement to reclaim your health. A winter child born with a propensity for Seasonal Affective Disorder, I used to DREAD this time of year. The 30-day window between Solstice and my birthday has been fraught with challenges. Lest […]

    Surviving The Firestorm: The Alchemy of Courage

    I was totally unprepared. The devastation stretched as far as I could see. Over 262 square MILES of the most glorious terrain I have ever been blessed to love…destroyed. Utter ashen moonscape. I wept, silent tears speaking words I could not say. I weep still as I write this. I live in North Central Washington […]

    Inviting Aphrodite: How To Easily Woo Your Inner Goddess (Part Two)

    Ready for more yumminess? There is an art and a science to inviting Aphrodite into our lives, and I am excited to share  these incredibly effective ways to connect with and embrace your Inner Goddess so your brilliant light can shine. These jewels are based on Kisses from your True Self – simple practices designed to […]

    Essential Daily Alchemy Is Here For The First Time

    Announcing Essential Daily Alchemy to help your life feel better fast! Imagine being energetically held, cared for & supported every day, and the difference this can make now.  Are you frustrated that you don’t have someone who truly believes in you and your ability to create a life you love? Are you tired of not having the […]

    Inviting Aphrodite: 15 Ways to Absolutely Thrive Now (Part One)

    Ask any woman whether she’s happy with what she looks like or if she’s completely happy with her life and you’ll likely get a resounding “no.” Ask that same woman, “When was the last time you did something really nice for yourself?” and you’ll likely get silence. After a few moments, she might come back […]

    Learn the Secrets of Luminous Listening for Beautiful Relationships Now

    You are an amazing human being. You bring your heart forward to people you love, but perhaps you don’t always feel like you’re able to help them as much as you’d like. Luminous Listening is a powerful technique here to help as we explore the letter L in my A to Z Alchemy series. Imagine […]

    Kaleidoscope of Kisses from the Alchemist Guaranteed to Transform Your Life

    Consider yourself kissed!  Today is “K” in the alchemical alphabet. I am completely delighted to be celebrating “K” in our A to Z alchemy exploration by starting a new tradition of  gift-giving  from The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space. Kisses from your True Self are simple practices designed to inspire a deeper relationship with […]

    12 Steps To The Sacred Journey Of Your Life

    In celebration of my 100th post (YAY!!!), I invite you into the remarkable adventure of exploring the Hero’s Journey in your life with a hearty dose of alchemy for adventurers. There is a pattern in all the great stories of the world that are really one story – one monomyth, with different faces.  This is the hero’s story – the sacred […]

    Inspire Your Life With This Valuable Invitation

    Your invitation to inspiration has arrived!  Did you know the meaning of the word inspire means, literally, to breathe life into?  Join the adventure with the magical letter “I” in our A to Z alchemy exploration through an incredible poem (some might even say incantation) by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  I challenge you to let the words soak into your […]

    How To Honor Your Deepest Truth Now

    I know you bring your heart and soul forward to honor other worthy people, but do you do this for yourself? It’s time to learn the essential elements you need to honor your deepest truth and connect with your inner alchemist as we explore the letter “H” in our A to Z alchemy series. The first and […]

    Get In Touch With The Genius Of Being Genuine

    You embody genuine genius.  Yes, you.  Need proof? Check out this definition from Mirriam-Webster: a peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit; a personification or embodiment, especially of a quality or condition.  That’s right.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you are overflowing with intellectual capacity – although that may absolutely be the case. As we explore the letter “G” in our […]

    Do You Know The Fantastic Secret To Feeling A Happy Flow?

    Ready to learn the key to fundamentally enhancing your quality of life?  The ultimate positive psychology resource? It’s my beauty secret.  Flow.  The fabulous state of flow is freaking AMAZING. Haven’t had the pleasure yet? Join in our exploration of A to Z alchemy with the concept of flow as a state of consciousness in which we are […]

    The Most Important Key To Increasing Excellence in Empathy

    Empathy. You know it when you feel it.  The moment another soul connects with you and you KNOW that you are seen, heard and witnessed in all your imperfect humanity. You are recognized and accepted just as you are without any rankling ounce of pity. I am not a fan of pity. Don’t want it, don’t […]

    Discover Dynamic Dance Benefits To Energize Your Life

    It’s time to discover dynamic dance benefits to energize your life! Did you know dance is natural therapy for gathering strength, increasing self-confidence, opening up your capacity for healthy self-expression and bringing greater enjoyment into all areas of your life? It’s true! It’s a brilliant choice for connecting with your inner alchemist.   Powerful mind-body […]

    Do You Know This Breakthrough Component of Successful Communication?

    You already know the basics of communicating with others. It’s relatively easy. I’ll bet an organic dark chocolate truffle that you work to listen to the other person, pay attention to your nonverbal communication, use “I” statements to take responsibility for your own feelings instead of blaming others when tensions are high, and create environments that […]

    Blissful Mind-Body Wellness Strategies to Empower Your Life

    You are uniquely gifted with the most exquisitely sensitive biofeedback mechanism on the face of the planet.

    Your body has an incredible capacity for guiding you in the direction of right action. You just have to know how to access it.

    Awesome Alchemical Alphabet to Rock Your Life

    Get your alchemy on, Beautiful one! (Yes, you!) I’m awakening to April with my very own Alchemical Alphabet for the Blogging from A to Z 2015 Challenge.  The idea is to join bloggers around the world while bringing you a WEALTH of transformative tips and breaking my record for the most posts in a month.  To do this, […]

    5 Simple Secrets Turn Your Weakness Into Powerful Strength (Part Two)

    Are you ready to alchemize your world? Here are my promised 5 secret steps to turn your weakness into powerful strength. You probably know by now that I am not the world’s most natural organizer, and that I’ve found ways to successfully work with my 2E tendencies (if you’re reading this, I’ll bet you’ve got […]

    The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space

    Join me! I am thrilled to be offering one of my favorite alchemy courses at The Heart of Alchemy Academy ~ 30 Days of Creating a Life that Works: The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space for your Truest Self to Shine is open for enrollment, with classes beginning Tuesday, April 21st.  Make the most of the […]

    The Alchemist’s Heart Ranked Best of the Best on Alltop!

    My kids have no idea why I’m jumping up and down, but they’re happily jumping with me. Maybe you will too now that The Alchemist’s Heart and Alchemy for Moms are featured on ALLTOP! You know, the best of the best Alltop?! Alltop is a beautiful resource –  think of it as an easily customizable magazine rack […]

    Preparing for Birth AFTER Surviving a Postpartum Mood Disorder

    How Do You Prepare for Birth AFTER Surviving a Postpartum Mood Disorder? Lauren Hale openly shared her painful (yet heartening!) journey through two bouts of Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in this episode of The Mommy-Muse Is In: Empowering Your Journey into Motherhood, Unexpected Blessing.  Even if you didn’t catch the interview (and you still can!), […]

    The Sure Fire Secret to Rekindling Your Heart

    The alchemy of reclaiming your inner spark. I’m not scared by a person’s pain. Do I feel it? Yes. Do I care? Profoundly. Do I trust the process? Absolutely. Where there is pain, there is life as surely as when there is joy.  And where there is life, there is space for healing. Where there […]

    Under Cover: What if it’s not PPD?

    Alert! This may not be what you think! So you’ve read through the signs and symptoms of stress, baby blues and postpartum depression. Fatigue, mood swings, weepiness, irritability, guilt, anxiety, forgetfulness and despondency are high on your list. Maybe disappointment, numbness, lack of interest in your baby and yourself, hypersensitivity to criticism and feelings of vulnerability […]

    Belly Dance: Alchemy to Strengthen our Physical and Emotional Power

    As an alchemist, Belly Dance is one of the best alchemical tools I know to strengthen our physical and emotional power.  If you’ve opted into my weekly Love Letters, you already have free access to The Belly Dance Prescription: Shake your Hips and Depression! – my unconventional guide for increasing your well-being, shaking off depression […]

    Celebrating Your Internal Light on Winter Solstice

    Congratulations! You made it! You’ve reached the longest night of the year – Winter Solstice.   In a matter of hours, the days will begin to get longer, and little by little, you will see the outer light return. Really and truly, no matter how dark or cold it appears, the days will begin lengthening. […]

    The Top 10 Things New Dads Need to Know

    You Are So Much More Than a Sperm Donor: The Top 10 Things New Dads Need to Know 1. Becoming a good lover takes time. So does becoming a good father. Donating sperm may have been easy, but fatherhood can be a lot more rewarding. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the process. 2. Diaper […]

    The Seven Cs of Parenting Success: Part Three

    Are you savvy about the final three “Cs” of The Seven Cs of Parenting Success? You can read them here right now! Then empower yourself by hopping over to www.morrisinstitute.com for some excellent essays straight from Tom V. Morris. Here are Tom’s Cs:

    The Seven Cs of Parenting Success: Part Two

    Do you think you need to be “on course” most of the time to succeed in your life? Did you know that airplanes are off course most of the time, but consistently arrive at their destinations thanks to fine adjustments the pilots make? It’s O.K. if we’re off course in different ways. What matters is […]

    The Seven Cs of Parenting Success: Part One

    The Essential “Cs” of Parenting Success Extraordinary philosopher Tom V. Morris shared his parenting wisdom with The Mommy-Muse. These are universal conditions for doing anything successfully, with a special focus on parenting. Here is Tom’s empowering framework:

    Mommy Guilt Solutions

    Mommy guilt. You know how I encourage other moms to release their guilt? Well, I’ve been dealing with some of my own. Turns out, some mommies I know are already in full swing with back-to-school preparation. Their children have perfectly coordinated back to school outfits, reusable, earth friendly lunch bags, and all their school materials […]

    Parenting as an Opus

    My favorite luddite introduced me to Thomas Moore on Meaningful Work this week. In true luddite style, he handed me two audio cassettes with Moore’s excellent dialogue. I must have looked a little puzzled, and confessed I didn’t have a thing to play them on. No worries – he happily lent me a portable cassette […]

    Men’s Postpartum Depression

    We know that many new moms become depressed in the weeks and months after the arrival of their babies, or experience the so-called “baby blues.” Growing evidence is mounting that points to the fact that new dads also experience a similar type of postpartum depression and feel a sense of helplessness when confronted with their […]

    Postpartum Mood Disorders: Are You Normal or Crazy?

    New mothers rarely admit to the full extent of their stress level or to the difficult emotions they live with. After all, women with new babies are supposed to feel blissful, loving and grateful for the miracle of new life in their care, right? Many women are scared to be seen as a “bad” or […]

    Are You Sinful or Saintly: Taking Time for You

    You may think it’s more important to tend constantly to the needs of other people rather than yourself. This appears at first glance to be the selfless, even saintly, way to behave. Aren’t mothers supposed to put the needs of their family first?

    A Mommy Muse Should Know Better

    You’d think I would know better. My youngest daughter was bouncing around, climbing my leg and being a naturally distracting (if adorable) three-year-old. Looking back, I recall a blessed moment of quiet when she discovered my wallet sitting on my desk. I remember thinking, “I’d better take that away before something gets lost,” and even […]

    Your Guide to Living An Extraordinary Life

    Living An Extraordinary Life with the Practical Application of Philosophy What are the foundations of sustainable excellence in everything we do? How can we go beyond surviving into thriving in uncertain times? Find out as Tom V. Morris, one of the most active public philosophers in the world, brings the greatest wisdom of the past […]

    Welcome to The Real Truth about New Parenthood

    The Second Nine Months by Vicki Glembocki Want to hear the real truth about new parenthood? Laugh along with Christy Harvey and her award-winning guest, Vicki Glembocki, as they break the New Mother Code of Silence. They will discuss Vicki’s book, The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth about Becoming A Mom. Finally. […]

    Unexpected Blessings with Lauren Hale

    Postpartum Mood Disorder Survivor Ready to hear from a courageous mother? Lauren Hale is a self-described “Survivor of Motherhood.” So far, she’s conquered Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder twice, Ante-partum Depression once, earned a NICU badge, and awakens daily thankful for the challenges that await her. Even if they include peanut butter covered children! Any time […]

    The Power of Family Constellations

    Do you want to address parenting problems and painful family situations? Are you ready to resolve misunderstandings, entanglements and blocks in your relationships? Family Constellations facilitator, teacher and counselor, Brigitte Sztab is joining us to share the remarkable power of Family Constellations as a highly effective way of healing on a deeply felt energetic level. […]

    How To Make Your Life Work

    Practical Strategies For Moms Are you ready to find some enjoyable, practical ways on how to make your life work? Ways to lose weight, become fit, stress-less, enrich your relationships, improve your emotional outlook, strengthen your spirituality and unleash your best self? Then join Debi Silber, “The Mojo Coach” of TheMojoCoach.com and Christy Harvey, the […]

    How to Make More Milk for Your Baby

    The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk! Concerned about making enough milk for your baby? Wondering how to make more milk? Two lactation experts are here to help! Separate fact from fiction with two leading experts who have been there themselves and are officially recommended by La Leche League International. Authors of The Breastfeeding […]

    Adventures in Modern Motherhood

    The BlackBerry Diaries: Adventures in Modern Motherhood Toddlers and technology – not so different! As award-winning author Kathy Buckworth points wisely points out, owning a smartphone is a little like adding another child to your family. The device is constantly buzzing, poking, and distracting its owner from whatever it is she’s trying to accomplish. It bears […]

    Dance is a Metaphor for Life

    Listen to the Voice Within Say, “I Can Dance!” Do you wish you could move through your life with fearless autonomy, grace and spirit? Do you want to flow with the melody and listen as the voice within says, “I CAN DANCE!”? Learn to move through your life with fearless autonomy, grace and spirit! Click […]

    The Elusive Antidote to Helping Baby Sleep Through The Night

    The No-Cry Sleep Solution Do you suffer through sleepless nights, and then during the day listen to heartless advice to let your baby “cry it out?” Join Christy Harvey and her well-rested guest, Elizabeth Pantley, in helping baby sleep through the night. Discover how to help your baby fall asleep peacefully – and stay asleep […]

    Prenatal and Postpartum Childbirth Counseling

    Childbirth Counseling with Dr. Gayle Peterson Have you gone through the amazing process of childbirth? Or, are you preparing to give birth for the first time? Get ready to empower your life by joining Dr. Gayle Peterson and Christy Harvey, the Mommy Muse, as they discuss Dr. Gayle’s groundbreaking prenatal and postpartum birth counseling program! […]

    Robert Townsend’s Diary of a Single Mom

    Diary of A Single Mom, a web-based original series Are you ready to discover a groundbreaking series? Join Christy Harvey, the Mommy Muse, and special guest Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee for the launch of “Diary of a Single Mom.” Diary of a Single Mom chronicles the lives and challenges of three single mothers and their families […]

    On the Front Lines of the Mommy Wars with Leslie Morgan Steiner

    Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families Ever wondered why women waste so much energy judging other women? Ready for a breath of fresh air? Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor of the best-selling anthology Mommy Wars, joins us to help resolve the tension between mothers who stay at […]

    Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too

    It Makes You A Better Mother Are you exhausted from caring for your family and neglecting yourself? Do you compare yourself with other mothers who look more successful than you, and get mad at yourself when you make a mistake? Join author Susan Callahan and Christy Harvey, the Mommy Muse, as they discuss the book […]

    Transform Your Life With Belly Dance

    Suhaila Salimpour Master Belly Dance Instructor Get ready to empower your life, shake your hips AND depression by discovering my Fitness Favorite, Belly Dance! World-renowned Master Instructor Suhaila Salimpour, of the three generation Salimpour Legacy, joins me to share the miraculous transformation this ancient art form can bring to your life, now. You CAN move […]

    All-Time Favorite Products For New Moms

    Products for New Moms Do you know someone who is a new mom or expecting a baby? Or maybe you’re a brand new mom yourself. Do you want some seriously good gift ideas? Join Christy Harvey, the Mommy Muse, and the makers of some of her all-time favorite products for new moms: Earth Mama Angel […]

    Kathy Ireland Brings Real Solutions for Busy Moms!

    Supermodel Kathy Ireland is here to help! Do you know the secrets to being successful while maintaining your sanity? Do you need solutions for your busy life? Kathy Ireland has listened to women from all walks of life who struggle with balancing the responsibilities of marriage, raising children and managing a household, often on top […]

    Gifted Therapists from The Postpartum Stress Center Answer Your Questions

    Are you ready to learn the truth about postpartum depression and the baby blues?
    Have you wondered how to ask for help?
    Do you want to discover practical information to help you make informed choices?

    Finding and Keeping Joy with Dr. Shoshanna Bennett

    Exploring the Causes and Treatments of Postpartum Depression Life with your new baby isn’t what you expected? It’s O.K.! Dr. Shoshanna Bennett, author of Pregnant on Prozac and Postpartum Depression For Dummies, is joining us to help. “Dr. Shosh” is the “go-to” expert for postpartum depression. She is a survivor of two life-threatening postpartum depressions. She […]

    Find Your Right Life No Matter What with Martha Beck!

    Martha Beck, Author of Steering by Starlight! Do you sometimes lose sight of who you really are? Have you been so focused on taking care of others that you not only overlook your personal stress and unhappiness, but neglect to nourish yourself? Do you know how to find your right life no matter what? Now […]

    Gentle Advice for Solving Problems with Martha Beck!

    The Joy Diet & Expecting Adam by Martha Beck Do you sometimes lose sight of who you really are? Have you been so focused on taking care of others that you not only overlook your personal stress and unhappiness, but neglect to nourish yourself? Or maybe you’ve experienced an unexpected pregnancy that completely unraveled life as you knew […]

    Blissfully Busted

    Nurturing Your Spirit  I didn’t so much hear the whisper of her skirt sweeping against the doorway as feel her eyes upon me. Possibly the quietest 6 year old I’ve encountered. But she couldn’t hide her intention. Busted. A pint-sized pixie was peering up at me. I had offered to run down three flights of […]

    Organizing Chaotic Households

    How to Transform A Chaotic Space If you’re anything like me, you’ve got an area in your home you want to change. Not just an area that needs a little tidying…a space that makes you cringe when you walk by. Shocker! I have more than one. Here is a panoramic pic the knot I tackled […]

    You are Better than June Cleaver!

    Finding Your Authentic Self A talented mom wrote me recently to say that she’s been a mother for 15 years, but she’s still “no June Cleaver.” This led me to an “ah-hah” moment: Each and every one of us is better than any TV mom, June Cleaver or otherwise. “Why?” Because we are real parents […]