An internationally recognized expert in pregnancy and post-birth adjustment, Dr. Sanford has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including Good Morning America and MSNBC Crosstalk. She is one of the most called upon women’s health experts for the American Psychological Association, and has been interviewed for stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Redbook, Parents, Ebony, Cosmopolitan, and most major women’s publications. She has contributed her expertise to numerous women’s health and parenting websites including WebMD, BabyCenter, Sports Illustrated for Women, Fit Pregnancy, Child, Lifetime, and Health A to Z.
Dr. Sanford is co-author of Postpartum Survival Guide, Midlife and Menopause: A Celebration of Women’s Health and the newly released, Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide. Her blog, livingselfcare.com provides a free online education program to any woman who wants to learn about taking better care of herself. Committed to improving women’s health at a national level, she has served on the Boards of Depression After Delivery and Postpartum Support International, and the Board of International Consultants for the International Childbirth Educators Association. She currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board of BabyCenter. She is Clinical Director of Mother to Mother, a free phone-based support program for pregnant and parenting moms throughout Missouri and on the Missouri March of Dimes Programs Services Committee.
Through her books, videos and audiotapes, she has taught thousands of women and health providers about the importance of woman-focused care and taking an integrated, mind-body-spirit approach to women’s emotional health. Dr. Sanford’s innovative approach to women’s health and clinical practice was featured in the February 2001 and January 2010 issues of the American Psychological Association Monitor. Since 2010, she has provided inservice training on motherhood and mental health to members of The American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The American Academy of Pediatrics, National Parents As Teachers Center (early childhood education), the Missouri Department of Health and New Jersey Postpartum Depression Program.
Dr. Sanford obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University in 1982, and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University in 1984. She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1984 where she specialized in marriage and family therapy. She is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Public Health at St. Louis University, and on staff at Mercy and Missouri Baptist Medical Centers in St. Louis.
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