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Pondering the emotional side of life, beginning to end.
Deborah L. Davis Ph.D.
While practicing gratitude can boost well-being, this can feel impossible if life is too overwhelming. Here are some ideas to improve success.
The NICU has succeeded in saving the lives of ever-tinier premature babies, but too many babies have had dismal outcomes. What critical ingredient has been missing from NICU care?
Parenting in the NICU is a stressful experience, but when NICU staff welcome parents and engage them as their baby's primary caregivers, everyone benefits.
September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month. What do NICU parents need to know to make sense of their distress and find their footing on this unexpected path?
A Personal Perspective: Relationships are key to quality health care. When there is a disconnect between patient and practitioner, medical care can be seriously compromised.
What is it like to take a baby's body home after their death? And how do parents benefit from the experience?
More insidious than dust bunnies under your bed, “must bunnies” clutter your mind with distractions that hold you back from living life. How to mindfully clear them out.
Going through a breakup can be devastating, especially if it’s not what you want. Here are some tips for getting through this difficult time.
In her memoir, Claudia Putnam explores the treacherous landscape of coming to terms with the life-or-death medical decisions she made for her baby son.
Are you sad about being single on Valentine's Day? Tap into your emotional intelligence and intrinsic love, and try these options for brightening this day.
Do you feel responsible for your partner’s moods and try to fix what’s wrong? How doing the opposite can work wonders for you and your relationship.
Are you hesitant to vaccinate your children? You are not alone. Here is what's going on in your brain and some ideas to consider as you decide what's in your child's best interest.
Why parents tend to feel overwhelmed with grief, particularly during that first year, and what can help.
Annoyed or distressed that your partner isn’t interested in sex? Taking the lead by forging a resilient connection can be mutually beneficial.
Four practices that can retrain your mind to remind you of all the reasons you found your partner attractive in the first place.
What if your partner has become physically unappealing to you? Here are 4 strategies to help you shift your focus in ways that can benefit you both.
How common is childbirth-related trauma? Some researchers propose that new parents be routinely screened for post-traumatic stress, just as they are screened for postpartum depression.
Instead of trying to win your ex back, focus on your own life. Pursuing your own self-respect, integrity, growth, and happiness will set you up for success.
For preterm and low birthweight newborns, is high-tech medical care really superior to skin-to-skin contact? A new study confirms mothers’ bare chests are best.
When you're entering a new chapter, life often presents options. How can you wisely determine which path to take?
Make every day Valentine's Day by practicing self-compassion. Having a great relationship with yourself results in true happiness, and fosters great relationships with others.
When your brain is stressed out, your relationship can suffer. Practice these three brain-calming habits to help you restore harmony and reconnect with your partner.
Joseph Epstein, an opinion writer for The Wall Street Journal, has been called out for criticizing the soon-to-be First Lady for using the title, “Dr.” Let’s call him in, instead.
Stress affects your brain, which can throw your relationship off the rails. These insights can help you key into what's really going on and get back on track.
Chronic stress is hard on your brain and body. To boost your coping and resilience, practice focusing on your breath. This simple meditation can improve the quality of your life.
When a baby dies during pregnancy, birth, or infancy, many parents grieve deeply but also worry about the intensity of their reactions. Why is this bereavement so hard to bear?
Having an affair with a married man? Does he swear true love, but won't leave his wife? Spot the red flags, save yourself, and move on.
Here is what you can do to support bereaved parents.” See what accepting and connecting entails, how it works, why it benefits parents, and how it benefits you, too.
From pandemic to protests to politics, it’s critical for you to be a smart consumer of news and information. Here are seven tips on how to judge sources, facts, and opinions.
To be an effective ally for racial justice, it helps to examine the roots of systemic racism.
Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and the author of 6 books, including one about perinatal hospice titled A Gift of Time.