POSTPARTUM COUNSELING

Bringing a baby home and becoming a parent can be an exciting and deeply rewarding times in your life. This time can also be filled with sleep deprivation, self-doubt, ever-changing hormones, and a wide range of new things to learn to support the newest addition into your family. It is known that 1 in 7 women will experience postpartum depression or anxiety, going beyond the typical ‘baby blues’ (fathers or partners can also experience postpartum depression/anxiety).

 

It can be incredibly helpful to seek support from a professional to help normalize the postpartum experience and assist in the adjustment to parenting. Our counseling aims to assist you in gaining clarity, develop new coping skills, identify support, process fears or past birth traumas, gain an understanding of how postpartum depression/anxiety affects your postpartum experience, as well as support you in gaining confidence in being a parent.

 

Common topics covered in postpartum counseling include:

  • Birth processing

  • Normalizing postpartum experience

  • Postpartum depression

  • Postpartum anxiety

  • Coping skills

  • Grief and/or loss

  • Birth trauma or disappointment

  • Support after baby

  • Baby blues

  • Resuming intimacy

  • Time management

  • Breastfeeding/bottle feeding

  • Extended family involvement

  • Expectations for parenthood

  • Finances

  • Body image issues

  • Stillbirth/infant loss

  • Self-doubt/shame of feelings as parent

  • Sibling issues

  • Attachment and bonding

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