A bit about me…
Candace St. John, MPH
Helping others has been a lifelong passion of mine. Growing up in a chaotic & unstable home, I have been drawn to professions that seek to address the root causes of trauma and illness to prevent it altogether.
This is how I landed in public health. For the past five years, I have been serving as an Epidemiologist for a community health department in New Hampshire – analyzing trends in chronic health based on social determinants of health, equity, and trauma. Using data and facilitation skills to work with community to solve complex social and health issues has been a humbling experience.
After becoming a mother and struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety, I recognized the gap in education and support for parents in the United States. Much of the parenting advice is based on research with heavy limitations; and, most of it relies on behavior modification of the infant or child instead of shifting focus to parental healing, typical infant development, and unreasonable societal expectations. I felt drawn to fill this gap.
Currently, I am working towards a sleep & well-being specialist certification that is attachment-focused and helps families get more sleep without sleep training. Soon, I will be providing education and support to families, while continuing to monitor national trends in postpartum support to advocate for all parents.
Thank you for being here. Let’s shift some societal norms together!