Pregnancy and Postpartum
Women experience an array of emotions during this time in their lives when they are nearing childbirth, just had a baby, or just experienced loss. Excitement, fear, joy, sadness, disappointment, and hope are some of the emotions commonly experienced during the perinatal period. The perinatal period is considered the time frame from conception through the first year after giving birth. Having support during this period of time is important; however, some women do not receive the support they want or need and often end up falling through the cracks and left feeling alone, anxious, or depressed. According to Postpartum Support International, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders occur in 1 out of 5 to 7 women. As a mother and a perinatal mental heath provider, I understand the need for support, I understand the need to feel understood, and I understand the racial-ethnic disparities in maternal mental health. I provide a space for women (teens and adults) to share their stories about their pregnancies, births, and losses. I want to walk along side of you on your journey.
Therapy can be helpful in decreasing depressive and anxiety symptoms, increasing your feelings of self-worth, learning how to set healthy boundaries, improving your attachment to your infant, building and strengthening your social support, and developing adaptive coping skills.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs):
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
If you are experiencing any depressive and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum or just don’t feel like yourself please seek help and receive the support that you deserve. You are not alone!