Do you feel overwhelmed, isolated and exhausted in your pregnancy or postpartum experience? Do you have feelings of fear, ambivalence or anxiety about birthing or becoming a parent? Do you feel disconnected from your partner? You are not alone! Rarely does anyone acknowledge or attend to the emotional challenges and hurdles that can arise with pregnancy and postpartum.
The truth is that pregnancy and childbirth can be one of the most challenging and overwhelming times in a woman’s life. The physical and emotional exhaustion, coupled with sleep deprivation, can bring on feelings of intense anxiety and fear, doubt, guilt, sadness, irritability, regret, and other uncomfortable feelings. This experience is often exacerbated by the myth that exists in our society that tells us that pregnancy and childbirth is exclusively a blissful and happy experience. This may be true for some but for the majority of women, it’s quite the opposite. This can make moms feel unnecessary shame and guilt for feeling something different than the myth, and can act as an obstacle in them seeking support. Statistically, 20% of mothers will suffer from depression or anxiety while pregnant, and approximately 15% of them will develop postpartum depression or anxiety. Feeling supported during this time is very important as it can help increase the health and well-being of both mom and baby. With the right support you can help minimize the risk or symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and begin to enjoy your new life with baby.
As a Certified Perinatal Mood Disorder Specialist, as well as with my own personal experience as a mother, I really know about and understand this challenging time. I help women address worries and concerns about their pregnancy, the responsibilities of caring for a new baby, and the overwhelming feelings that can come with this major life transition. I can help by creating a safe space for you to have your full experience and process the myriad of feelings that can arise from the experience of becoming a parent. In giving yourself this space to heal, you give yourself the time and space to begin to feel better and to work towards becoming the kind of parent you envisioned yourself to be.