Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Pregnancy is supposed to be a wonderful time as you prepare for baby. However, many new moms don’t have this experience. Hormonal changes, a difficult birth, expectations, disillusionment, miscarriage, and/or medical problems leave a woman overwhelmed, depressed and/or anxious. The baby may not latch. Tired. Bonding? What if the baby has an allergy? I can help you work through peripartum and postpartum mood changes and the doubts that you experience during and after pregnancy.
Having someone to talk to helps you and your baby. I can help you with the emotions you experience in pregnancy, being pregnant, and postpartum and to better facilitate your child’s early months.
Screen Yourself for Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
If you answer “yes” to these three questions, you may be experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety:
1. I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong
2. I have been anxious or worried for no good reason
3. I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason
(Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Kabir K, Sheeder J, Kelly LS. Identifying postpartum depression: Are 3 questions as good as 10? Pediatrics 2008, 122(3):e696-e702)
PLEASE NOTE: Since becoming a mom is a BIG and NEW experience, worry and self-blame alone don’t mean that you are experiencing postpartum symptoms. Consult with your doctor, and/or talk to a mental health professional if you are uncertain if you are experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety.
The women I see experience:
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety During or After Pregnancy
The Emotional Issues of Infertility
Mother and Infants: Together & Apart
Women who Decide Not to become a Mother
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh,' he whispered.
‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw.
‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’ "
- Winnie the Pooh