Perinatal Issues


Coping with Perinatal Issues

You're Not Alone

“We’re having a baby!” For most couples, few words elicit as much excitement as those announcing that you’re starting a family. And for a woman, the rite of passage into motherhood is one of the most monumental life transitions that she’ll go through.

For most couples, becoming pregnant and moving well into pregnancy is a time to celebrate. However, it can come as a surprise for many women that during pregnancy or after baby is born, the elation and joy of bringing that precious life into the world can wane, and a cloud of depression and/or anxiety can loom not just for days or weeks, but much longer.

Common Symptoms of Perinatal Depression/Anxiety

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Lack of joy in your life
  • Severe mood swings
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Scary thoughts
  • Difficulty bonding with baby
  • Withdrawal from family/friends
  • Feelings of shame and guilt

Risk Factors for Perinatal Depression/Anxiety

  • History of depression
  • Difficult breastfeeding
  • Recent stressful life events
  • Your baby has special needs
  • Problems with partner
  • Weak support system
  • Financial difficulties
  • Unplanned pregnancy

Evidence-based treatment includes a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), new mother support groups, in-home therapy, couples counseling, and infant massage. For many women, these approaches can alleviate depressive symptoms and help to improve mother/infant bonding. If you're struggling with perinatal symptoms and need someone to talk to, call me for a free phone consultataion

I am a mother of three children myself and I have extensive clinical experience working with women struggling with the new role of mother, coping with difficult birth experiences and birth trauma, and helping women and couples strengthen their bond during the stressful time of pregnancy and birth.


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