Welcoming a baby can elicit many powerful emotions. New moms can expect to feel excitement, fear and everything in between. Mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, depression and difficulty sleeping are not at all uncommon and typically start to fade within a couple of weeks of childbirth. However, some women develop serious postpartum depression, characterized by feelings of extreme sadness and anxiety that might interfere with a woman’s ability to care for herself or her family. Therapists specializing in postpartum issues can help women struggling with the common, and usually less serious, “baby blues” and those suffering from severe postpartum depression.
Local Experts in Postpartum
As a mother of two, I understand personally the transition into parenthood. It is an amazing right of passage that is often taken as a matter of course, or celebrated with consumerist ideals. Often though, we find that something is missing, or that it wasn't quite what we had expected. This is normal and I provide a safe and understanding space to work through these feelings.
The post-partum period challenges people’s views of themselves, their careers, their relationships, and who they want to be as a parent. And all on very little sleep. I have worked in a hospital birthing center and NICU and keep an eye toward the practicalities of sleeping, eating, and support, while counseling a woman or couple through the emotional and philosophical changes.
I am passionate about this phase in life, and am committed to helping moms through this rocky time. I have been working with women around childbirth for the past 12 years and have advanced training in postpartum and parent/infant psychology.
In 2015 I completed a year-long training and consultation group focused on perinatal/postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. I approach this work from a holistic perspective, collaborating with you to identify the multiple factors that contribute to your wellbeing during and after pregnancy.
The postpartum period is one of the most sensitive periods in a family\'s life. Major shifts in life experience mingle with the joy of bringing new life into the world and are unsettling for mothers, fathers, and siblings. I have trained to assist you with both the practical and the emotional and can help you smooth out this very important period of transition.
Nearly 1 in 7 women and 1 in 10 men experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. The symptoms arrive at a time when both the demands and the stakes are high; the last place a postpartum parent wants to be is in a therapist's office. As a mother of 3, I understand. We will balance the exploration of feelings with concrete steps to help you feel better and come to enjoy parenthood.
The adjustment of having a new baby is a challenging time for most new parents. I offer in-home care to new parents in the Portland metro area. You are not alone.