Perinatal Mental Health

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pregnancy and parenthood can be a time of profound change and redefinition of our bodies, emotions, and relationships. These experiences can sometimes evoke feelings of vulnerability, doubt, and frustration. Am I doing this “right”?  Why is feeding my baby so difficult?  When am I ever going to sleep again?  Why am I not enjoying my baby like I’m “supposed” to ? Why am I feeling so worried about my baby? I shouldn’t feel this way.

Exploring your worries, concerns and strengths can make a significant difference in your overall health and parenting experience. Please contact me to discuss options and ideas of how we can best support you–so that you are able to support those who are most important in your life.

Some common perinatal experiences that may occur within the first year postpartum and generally benefit from counseling include (but are not limited to)

  • Postpartum depression (birth through first year postpartum)
  • Postpartum anxiety
  • Parenting transitions/role changes
  • Loss/grief
  • Breastfeeding loss/grief
  • Medical challenges for infant or parent
  • Processing through a scary and challenging birth
  • Sensory processing difficulties