Pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum are passages unlike any other! With incredible focus placed on the physical task of gestating, birthing and caring for a new baby, many parents feel their emotional and mental wellbeing is on the back burner. The tremendous changes in the brain and body make educating and providing a safe space to navigate the transition essential for birthing persons and their partners. Yet parents find themselves just trying to stay afloat, without all the necessary information to normalize their experiences and identify strategies to refuel.
I have completed extensive training on perinatal mental health with Postpartum Support International, a hub for all birth-related resources, supports and information for birthing persons and their partners. While the “baby blues” is a chapter many come to expect, 15-20% of mothers and 1 in 10 dads will experience more significant depression or anxiety during pregnancy or within the first year postpartum (stat from Postpartum International). These conditions are treatable and support is available!
I support my perinatal clients with:
- Assessing for and treating common perinatal mood disorders, such as postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD and OCD.
- Providing reliable information about the perinatal period, answer your questions related to the stages of recovery and support you in identifying additional resources to thrive.
- Teaching tools to address automatic negative thoughts often associated with parenthood, as well as calming skills (mindfulness, breathing, self-compassion) to reduce anxiety and depression.
- Holding space to accompany each part of your transformational experience — from grief or birth trauma, to coping with the countless responsibilities parenthood brings — and utilize evidence-based trauma and somatic interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, EMDR, Trauma Center Trauma-sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) to help you regain agency and connect to your body.
- Providing support for parent-child bonding, as well as communication skills for new parents
- Supporting you in connecting with additional community resources (medical evaluation/treatment, groups, crisis supports).