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Dr. Juli Fraga
Dr. Juli Fraga is a psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco. In her clinical practice, she specializes in women's health concerns including; reproductive health concerns, postpartum depression and eating disorders. Her essays about motherhood have appeared on Psychology Today and Pregnancy Magazine. She is a regular contributor for the Golden Gate Mothers Group Magazine. She also co-facilitates a support group for new mothers, "The Afterglow" at UCSF hospital in San Francisco. She can be found online at:, and on Twitter @dr_fraga.

Entries by Dr. Juli Fraga

How I Am Surviving This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Christmas is a little over two weeks away. Yet, if you pass by my house you won't see a decorated tree in the window. I haven't purchased many gifts, and I just told a friend that I am not joining her and her daughter for holiday tea at a swanky...

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Motherhood Mindset: Three Ways to Practice Mindfulness With Your Baby

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 11:43 AM

It's not uncommon for new mothers to feel overwhelmed as they adapt to the myriad changes that becoming a mother requires. Adjusting to becoming a family of three, loss of pre-baby freedom and functioning on little sleep are all aspects of a shifting identity that emerge during this time. As...

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How to Emotionally Prepare for Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Pregnancy and impending motherhood often re-awaken a vast array of memories surrounding our own mothers and childhoods. We learn to mother largely from the way we were mothered, and this intergenerational teaching spans across generations.

When childhood leaves us wounded in any way, we may revisit these once-hazy memories...

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4 Lessons From My Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 6:20 PM

Last week, my daughter turned 4 years old. I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. It feels like it was only yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital, all 8 lbs. and 6 oz. of her. I still remember the newness of those early days. The...

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Is Stepping on the Scale Sabotaging Your Weight?

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Co-Authored with Alexandria Marcus, HLC, EPC, Eating Psychology Coach

Recently, during a dinner party at my house, a friend emerged from the bathroom and told me, "Your scale doesn't work."

I was surprised that she had weighed herself during dinner. Inside, I chuckled. My scale was a...

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The Questions We Should Ask New Moms

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 7:54 PM

Shortly after my daughter's birth, I was taking a walk around my neighborhood when a woman stopped to comment about my baby.

"She's adorable!" she exclaimed with delight.

"Isn't it the best time ever?" "Enjoy every minute!" the woman instructed me.

I smiled politely, but wanted to confess that...

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Nurturing Mama: 5 Ways That Taking Care of Yourself Is a Gift to Your Child and Family

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Co-Authored with Dr. Gina Hassan

You know the scenario. Since becoming a mother, every day necessities, such as sleeping, eating and showering have suddenly become luxuries. With the never-ending task of caring for and nurturing your baby and your family, finding time for yourself often...

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Honoring and Remembering Birth Mothers on Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 7:11 PM

The path to motherhood is wide and varied. On Mother's Day, we recognize that mothers come in all shapes and sizes. Yet we often neglect to honor and remember birth mothers who make an adoption plan for their babies after they are born. Some people may hold stereotypes about birth...

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From Partners to Parents

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Discussing and exploring the well-being of one's partnership isn't often on the list of baby preparation to-do's. After all, pregnancy can be a joyful time -- one that elicits feelings of anticipation, newness and excitement. Immersed in the pregnant possibilities of motherhood, energy focuses on what will be gained by...

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How to Know If It's Time to Find a New Nanny

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 5:44 PM

By Lynn Perkins, CEO of UrbanSitter and a mother of three; and Dr. Juli Fraga, a psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco, specializing in women's health and family concerns

Questioning the relationship you have with your family's nanny and deciding whether to replace her can be a confusing...

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Nursing Your Baby: Sometimes It Takes a Village

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:54 PM

In my clinical work as a psychologist, I support many new moms as they begin the journey of motherhood. I can't do my work alone. Let's face it -- not only does it take a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support new families. In the...

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Four Things We Can Learn from Embracing Our Limitations

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

When artist Phil Hansen's hand first began to tremble, he fought against the shake. "If I just hold my pen a little tighter," he thought, "the trembling will stop." But holding on tighter did not solve...

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Letting Myself Go

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Eight weeks after my daughter was born, I was visiting my friend, Jenny. We had been pregnant at the same time, and together entered the tribe of motherhood. In the early days of parenting, we were each other's confidantes for everything related to our new journeys. We compared notes about...

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