Pregnancy is supposed to be a wonderful time – preparing for baby.
However, many new moms don’t have that experience. Hormonal changes, difficult births, expectations and disillusionment, miscarriages, the baby’s medical problems, a woman may become 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. It is more generally accepted today, that the supposedly wonderful moments after birth, may be disappointing.
Having someone to talk with about your experience helps you, and helps your baby. How do you know the mind of the baby? How do you understand what she/he is trying to say? Reflective Parenting techniques can help you.
I am a psychologist and psychoanalyst that can help you with the emotions you experience in pregnancy, being pregnant, and postpartum and to better facilitate your child’s early months.
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)
However, PLEASE NOTE:
Since becoming a mom is both a BIG experience, and a NEW one, worry and self-blame don’t necessarily mean that you are experiencing postpartum symptoms. An important distinction is if you feel that you are not yourself!
I see women who experience any of the following:
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety During or After Pregnancy
The Emotional Issues of Infertility
Mother and Infants: Together & Apart