Maternal Mental Health Counseling is the process of accepting, understanding, and growing with the constant flow of changes which creating a family entails. This doesn't only involve what most people know as "Post Partum" but
Infertility/Difficulty with becoming pregnant, medically assisted pregnancy
Termination of pregnancy
Medically Compromised Pregnancy
Infant loss through miscarriage, stillbirth, or selective reduction
Custody & Co-parenting
Transitional changes (such as an a young adult leaving the home)
Family & In law related stress
Want to talk about something else not listed, or not related to parenthood? I can help with that, too.
Your Current Story
Do any of these resemble your current story? If you are wondering how I knew, it's because I have heard these stories, and many more like them, many times. You are not alone.
Since having the baby, I don't know who I am. I have scary, racing thoughts and can't sleep. Sometimes I think everyone would be better off without me.
Trying to Conceive
We have been trying to conceive for over a year. I can't stand to see one more pregnancy announcement. I feel disconnected from everyone.
I will never get over the loss of my baby.
Since having a baby, I keep reflecting back on things from my own childhood. I thought I was over them, but maybe not.
Giving birth did not go as planned. It was scary, painful and chaotic. Everyone says, "at least the baby is healthy," but what about me?
My partner and I disagree about everything since having a child. We don't connect anymore. I'd rather be single then keep having these fights.
Finally being able to bring home our adopted baby has been a huge let down. Its exhausting, I don't feel bonded, and I wish we could have conceived.
All the lactation consultants said anyone can breastfeed. I feel like its not going well, but if I stop, then I will fail my baby.
My OB suggested I take medication. I'm not taking medication- I'm not crazy!
We wanted another child for so long, but why do I feel so guilty, like I'm doing something wrong? Its like I'm ruining my first born child's life.
Termination of a Wanted Pregnancy
We found out today that our baby will not survive past birth. The doctors offered us the option to terminate the pregnancy now. I don't even know how to process this information.
I know I will love the baby once born, but I feel so upset about finding out we are having a (girl/boy). I must be the worst person in the world.
Motherhood Support Group: The Motherhood Experience is an 8 week group which runs in sessions. The group is "closed," meaning, you will see the same participants each week for the 8 weeks. This group aims to provide normalcy and open conversations about topics such as intimacy, emotions, boundaries, bonding, identity, and much more. Babies are welcomed in group, and taking time away from your baby is okay, too! Each session is 90 minutes, and $50 per week. You do not need to be an individual therapy client to join this group, but you will still need to omplete intake paperwork.
Fridays, 5/19-7/1, 9:00am-10:30am
Please call or text me if you are interested in joining.