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Perinatal Mental Health


Prenatal Mental Health and Wellness

Pregnancy can be a challenging experience, both physically and emotionally. You might be experiencing intense emotions, worrying about the health and safety of your growing baby, or encountering new life stressors. If you have a history of depression, anxiety or trauma, sometimes these issues re-surface in pregnancy making it difficult to enjoy this time.  Having a place to process these feelings and to prepare for the fundamental change that is parenthood, can be very helpful. Prenatal mental health care is also preventative care. If you are concerned about postpartum depression, we can take steps to address your concerns. 

Topics that come up include:

  • Emotional changes

  • Mood and anxiety issues

  • Physical changes

  • Preparation for birth

  • Preparation for baby

  • Self-care

  • Concerns about emotional wellbeing in postpartum

  • Prevention of postpartum depression and anxiety

Postpartum Mental Health and Wellness

In some ways, we are parenting through a unique time and paving our own path as we go. Rest assured, you are not alone if you're feeling overwhelmed or if  you are experiencing intense and uncomfortable emotions in postpartum. 

Concerns that come up include:

  • Adjustment to new roles 

  • Birth trauma 

  • Self-care 

  • Body image

  • Bonding with the new baby

  • Baby care  

  • Reconnecting with partners

  • Sexual health 

  • Pelvic health and pelvic pain

  • Managing family & paid caregivers

  • Return to work.

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety (Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders)

Women experience numerous emotional changes after giving birth. These can include "baby blues" as well as depression and anxiety which greatly interfere with functioning and quality of life. It is estimated that up to 20% of women experience depression in postpartum and even more experience elevated, uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety. Postpartum mood changes are not confined to birth mothers. Fathers and can also feel depressed and anxious. I'm here to offer support, guidance and evidence-based treatment to help manage these difficulties and help get parents on-track. 

Treatment includes:

  • Assessment and diagnosis

  • A tailored plan to improve your symptoms and functioning

  • Ongoing emotional support

  • Education & support for family, as appropriate

  • Couples and family therapy, as appropriate

  • Help connecting with resources.