Mental Health Therapy Services and Support for NICU/Preemie Moms

This isn't the pregnancy and birthing experience you imagined.  In fact, you couldn't have predicted this if you tried.  Here you are with your preemie baby in the NICU so tiny and it's scary and overwhelming.  You feel lonely and isolated in this experience even if you have a supportive family.  It's hard to concentrate on anything else other than your baby, even when you're not there.

 

Having a child in the NICU is an unique experience. As a mother, you are usually experiencing your own traumatic birthing experience and you are also experiencing a range of emotions such as fear, anxiety/worry, sadness that you are leaving your baby at the hospital, gratitude that your baby is stable, or heartbreak for the opposite.  You are at home without your baby but still waking up every 2 hours to pump so that you can provide the "liquid gold" that you are told is one of the most important things that your baby needs at the moment. You may feel empowered that you are able to provide such an important substance or you may feel defeated if you are struggling to provide a substantial supply.  Even with all of this going on, you are also still postpartum.  Your body is recovering.  Your mind is trying to sort through everything that is going on.  1-5 women will experience a postpartum mood and anxiety disorder and chances increase if you've experienced a traumatic birth and NICU stay.

 

We can help you cope with your emotions, develop your parental identity, and manage your relationships during and AFTER the NICU.  As a friend says, the NICU leaves it's scars on the family even those you can't see long after the NICU stay.  A lot of the personal work comes after the NICU stay such as learning to set boundaries with family members, adjusting expectations, managing different appointments, not having the same support that you had when you were in the hospital, loss of sleep, going through the newborn phase and all of the transitions that come with that.  We will focus on YOUR experiences, feelings, and relationships surrounding the delivery, hospitalization, bringing your baby home, and parenting your premature baby and child.

 

If you or anyone you know has gone through or is going through a NICU experiene, we are here to provide empathic support, learn tools to help manage anxiety, and to create a safe environment to process all of the feelings that are experienced during and AFTER this experience.