For New Moms
Every new mom needs and deserves support, especially when pregnancy or life after baby is not quite what you'd imagined.
Many women approach motherhood with very high expectations of themselves, and of what being a mom should look and feel like. The focus is on the joy and excitement of having a baby, and women often believe that they should feel happy and know exactly what to do when the new baby arrives. But it’s impossible to predict how having a baby will change your life, your relationships, and how you feel about yourself.
If you find yourself struggling or overwhelmed by worry and emotional pain in the early months and years of this important new stage of your life, it can be very difficult to let anyone know how you really feel.
New parents are often surprised to learn that postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety are considered the most common complication of giving birth, and can involve problems with the following:
Anxiety, panic or constant worry
Sleeping too much or not enough
Fear of being alone with your baby
Fears that make it difficult to leave the house
Difficulty making decisions
Intrusive, upsetting thoughts about the baby
Feelings of regret, guilt, inadequacy
Difficulty feeling connected to your baby
Isolating from family, friends, partner
These are just some of the things that expectant and new moms who are coping with depression and anxiety commonly experience, and everyone’s experience is unique. No new mom causes these conditions which are believed to be tied to social, emotional and biological factors (including hormonal and physical changes, lack of social support, history of mental health concerns , past trauma/abuse, birth trauma, and history of miscarriage/pregnancy loss, distressed relationships).
Getting Help for Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety
It’s important to know that you are not alone in what you’re going through, and that these issues are very treatable. Psychotherapy can help you find your way back to feeling more like yourself, able to meet the challenges and enjoy the pleasures of being a mom.
So many things can affect your transition to becoming a mom. Issues that are commonly addressed include:
Assessment and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, and Panic)
Assessment and treatment of trauma/PTSD (postpartum PTSD)
Developing a preventive self care plan for pregnancy and postpartum
Processing your birth story
Traumatic birth experiences
Having your baby stay in the NICU
Returning to work
Changes in how you feel about yourself and your identity
Early childhood experiences, including issues related to any history of trauma or abuse
Relationships with your own parents
Strengthening your relationship with your spouse/partner
Skill building to manage moods and reduce symptoms