Maternal Mental Health
While bringing a new life into the world most times brings joy and excitement, it can also come with it's challenges. As new mothers, so many things can come in to play from adjusting to role transitions, post partum mood and anxiety disorders, the need to "know everything" right away, and even changes in your romantic partnership and expectations in parenting together can bring up challenges that you weren't expecting. The truth of the matter is, 1 in 5 women will experience a maternal mental health disorder such as postpartum depression. This service provides support, psycho-education, and self-care to mothers finding themselves feeling alone, lost, and possible guilt about emotions they may be experiencing.
What Is Maternal Mental Health?
Maternal mental health recognizes the unique needs and challenges that mothers face mentally during pregnancy, postpartum, and when caring for young children. So many moms feel the pressure to show up perfectly, to parent differently than they were parented, to "break generational cycles", to have it all together and compete with the expectations of social media.
Sometimes moms are also experiencing guilt and shame for feeling overwhelmed or not experiencing joy during what is supposed to be the "happiest time of your life" which can lead to not seeking help and suffering alone. Please know, mom, that you are not alone and you are not to blame for experiencing a wide range of emotions during this vulnerable time in your life. Motherhood is both invigorating AND exhausting. Joyous AND frustrating/overwhelming at times.
Post-Partum Depression: Symptoms of post-partum depression can include feeling irritable or angry, crying and sadness, lack of interest in the baby, feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness, appetite or sleep disturbance, loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy, and/or possible thoughts of harming yourself or the baby.
Post-Partum Anxiety: Symptoms of post-partum anxiety include constant worry, inability to sit still, fear that something bad is going to happen and racing thoughts.
Post-Partum OCD: Symptoms of post-partum OCD include: fear of being left alone with baby, a sense of horror about obsessions, repetitive thoughts or mental images related to the baby, intrusive or persistent thoughts, doing things over and over to reduce fears or obsessions.
Reasons Why New Moms (or Experienced moms with a new baby) or Moms of Young Children Seek Therapy:
You are experiencing symptoms consistent with postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, or postpartum OCD
You are looking to feel "more like myself" and would like extra support as you find your way back to yourself
You are experiencing resentment or frustration with you partner and would like to process those feelings while learning ways to communicate your needs in a healthy manner
You want a non-judgmental and safe environment to express your feelings and focus on yourself and your well being
You are experiencing an increased amount of anxiety and would like to work through the thoughts that are taking so much space in your brain
You want to work through childhood trauma that may be re-emerging as you are now a parent.
You may be managing multiple roles and need help sorting through these new expectations and transitions