Maternal Mental Health
So having a baby hasn’t quite turned out the way you had invisioned. Despite what you have read or heard, this has not been the “happiest time of your life.” You have never felt so tired in your entire life, and quite frankly, you feel like a shell of who you once were. You’re beginning to wonder if you’ll ever get the “old you” back.
You feel like you’re walking around in a daze, like your head is in a fog. Even simple decisions have become difficult, and you can’t count how many times you have misplaced something or walked into a room and forgotten why you were there.
The feelings of guilt and inadequacy just won’t go away. No matter how hard you try, you just don’t feel good enough.You may have had these feelings before, but now that you’re taking care of this tiny, helpless being, the responsibility feels like it’s just too much.
You worry… about everything.
“Why can’t I be more like all the other moms?”
“Is my baby okay? What if she gets sick?”
“What if something bad happens and I can’t protect her?”
“Am I a good mother? My baby deserves better.”
You may have even started to think or feel that your family would be better off without you.
The unsolicited advice from family members, friends, and complete strangers hasn’t helped either.
You’ve tried sleeping when the baby sleeps; you just can’t. Your mind won’t allow you to relax, and as soon as you do finally fall asleep, the baby is up and needs to be taken care of.
You just want a break. You want some rest. You want some time to yourself. Then you feel selfish for thinking those things.
You may be suffering from postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety. Maybe even both.
The truth is that postpartum depression and anxiety- referred to together as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, or PMADs- occur in about 1 in 5 women. That makes them the most common complication following childbirth- more common than gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and preterm labor (all of which are routinely screened for by your provider).
Women who have struggled with depression and/or anxiety in the past are more likely to experience these symptoms in the perinatal period as well.
The good news is that PMADs are highly treatable. Help is available, and healing is possible.
Unfortunately, only 15% of moms will receive proper treatment, and 25% will still be depressed after one year! Don’t wait.
I work with new moms who are struggling with these thoughts and emotions to help them get back to feeling like themselves again so they can bond with their babies, strengthen their relationship with their partners, and find joy again.
I understand that being a new mother can be tough and finding a babysitter to come in for counseling once a week can be nearly impossible, especially if you’re a nursing mother. You are welcome to bring your little one with you to our sessions.
Have questions? Not sure if counseling is right for you? Great!
Schedule your free consultation online 24 hours a day. Pick a time that works for you, and we will discuss what you have been experiencing, talk about your treatment options, and determine what is the best fit for you.
There is no pressure and no obligation. I want you to get the help you need and deserve, even if it's not with me.