What Emotions Does My Baby Feel?

Often times, new parents worry about their infants social and emotional development. Some will say “She has always been a happy baby” or “He is so shy”. When an infant is born, their capacity to express emotions is likely biologically based. They are responding to basic survival needs and trying to get those met. However,Continue reading “What Emotions Does My Baby Feel?”

Traci Schank, LCSW Counseling

Hello! My name is Traci Schank. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana and have been practicing for about eight years.  I am working towards a certification in perinatal mental health and infant mental health. I specialize in Postpartum Depression Postpartum Anxiety Postpartum Psychosis Child Attachment and Bonding Infant and Child Development AdjustmentContinue reading “Traci Schank, LCSW Counseling”


Many cultures mark pregnancy and newborn stages as a period of bliss, enchantment and peacefulness. Advertising and information sharing often show visions of mothers smiling looking down at their infants in a calm and peaceful environment. When working with my clients I usually make a joke about how, when you are pregnant, everyone tells youContinue reading “THE LIES WE SELL”

Perinatal Mood Disorder Screening in Healthcare Settings

As Americans move to a more mindful and pro-mental health outlook, one of the of areas that needs some attention is new and pregnant mothers. The time period that a woman is pregnant, up to a year postpartum, is considered the perinatal period. Post-partum depression, anxiety, psychosis, and antepartum depression are all encompassed under theContinue reading “Perinatal Mood Disorder Screening in Healthcare Settings”


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Why the Child Welfare System is Impacted by COVID-19

With COVID 19 taking center stage in the media along with the health and financial impacts; there is not a lot of mental space to add child welfare into the mix. However, considering the statistics that is exactly what we need to focus on. With children being isolated at home, abuse rates are likely toContinue reading “Why the Child Welfare System is Impacted by COVID-19”