PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM
Support for pregnant people and new parents
When many people talk about pregnancy and the postpartum period, they speak of idyllic images of the glowing pregnant woman or the new parent who beams about how much they love being a mom or dad. In my experience, the reality of pregnancy and postpartum is much more complicated and nuanced.
Therapy during pregnancy:
Did you know that pregnancy is a great time to start therapy? There is an increasing research base that shows that starting therapy during pregnancy has the potential to reduce the risk of postpartum anxiety and mood disorders.
Pregnancy is a complicated time in life. Knowing that such a big change is coming can bring up tons of worry and anxiety. Many pregnant people have worries such as:
Will I be a good mom? How can I raise my child differently than my own up bring? I’m terrified of giving birth! I experienced depression after my first birth and I don’t want it to happen again. I’ve experienced a loss previously and I’m anxious about this pregnancy.
Working together during pregnancy, we will sift through your worries and help develop a plan to support you after baby is born. You’ll have space to voice your thoughts that may be difficult to talk about with friends or family members.
Therapy during the postpartum period:
The postpartum period is also more complex than our culture and media talks about. Having a new baby tends to bring out all of your stuff. Tensions might rise in your relationship, even if you guys are generally solid. When you think about how you want to raise your child, you reflect on your own childhood and how you were raised.
If you add a colicy baby, a birth that didn’t go as planned, feeling sad or crying a lot, feeling worried much of time, or not getting much sleep, things can get really hard. This doesn’t mean you are a bad parent or that something is wrong with you. What it can mean is that you are needing more support.
I’m here to help. Let's work together to determine what the best course of action is for you. Let me become a part of your support network.
Do you think you could use some support during pregnancy or postpartum?