Perinatal Mental Health
Birth is one of the most significant transformations a body undergoes. It is also one of the most significant transitions a family makes. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxious thoughts or fear, you're not alone. Many women and their families struggle during pregnancy and after a birth. It is estimated that 15-20% of women are faced with postpartum mood disorders that impact their well-being, their baby and their family.
I am certified in Maternal Mental Health, containing specific skills in assessing and treating a variety of perinatal mood challenges. I'm able to work with your entire family to provide the most comprehensive approach to wellness. You can find relief and regain a sense of well-being!
Are you pregnant?
If you've experienced prior episodes of depression or anxiety, you may be at a higher risk for experiencing postpartum mood disorders. Working together, we can strive to prevent mood challenges and enhance your health so that you can be at your best to care for your new baby. I've outlined common risk factors for postpartum mood disorder:
- A personal or family history of depression, anxiety, or postpartum depression
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD or PMS)
- Inadequate support in caring for the baby
- Financial stress
- Marital stress
- Complications in pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding
- A major recent life event: loss, house move, job loss
- Mothers of multiples
- Mothers whose infants are in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
- Mothers who’ve gone through infertility treatments
- Women with a thyroid imbalance
- Women with any form of diabetes (type 1, type 2 or gestational
Have you given birth?
If you've recently given birth, you've been faced with numerous transitions while possibly struggling with an intense level of exhaustion. Our culture often promotes an ideal of being "superwoman" where we need to manage all aspects of our life while adjusting to the unique needs of a new baby. It can just be too much! If you're also struggling with your mental health, it can be nearly unbearable. You can begin to feel better, more like yourself, and begin to enjoy this time of your life!
Here are some symptoms of postpartum mood challenges:
- Feelings of anger or irritability
- Lack of interest in the baby
- Appetite and sleep disturbance
- Crying and sadness
- Feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness
- Loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
- Possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself
Postpartum Support International: http://www.postpartum.net/
If you or someone you care about, is at imminent risk of harming themselves or their baby please call for help immediately. Calling 911 will ensure an immediate response as I do not answer calls after hours.