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Postpartum Therapy

What is postpartum therapy?

Postpartum therapy is therapy for women who are conquering motherhood. Contradictory to common belief, the postpartum period can last for months and even years. There are three distinct phases of the postpartum period including the acute phase, lasting for six to twelve hours after birth; the subacute phase, lasting six weeks; and the delayed phase, lasting up six months or longer. It is important to understand that every mother has a unique and individualized experience after birth. With pressures from society to “bounce back,” go back to work early, and encourage independence for a child before a mother is ready, postpartum depression is high. There is no shame in reaching out for professional help. In fact, I think that most mothers would benefit from postpartum therapy after birth to ease the mental load of motherhood, especially first time mothers! I am passionate about helping mothers see their value, prioritize self-care so they can better take care of their children, and listen to their own inner knowing of what is right for them and their families. Mothers are so smart, capable, and strong and should feel that way. Whether you had a baby last week or are struggling as a mother to toddlers, I am happy to partner with you to feel more grounded and confident in your journey through motherhood.

What challenges may indicate a need for postpartum therapy?

  • “Baby blues”
  • Anxiety/paranoia/panic
  • Postpartum depression/suicidal thoughts
  • Birth trauma
  • Finding a “new normal”
  • Balancing the “mental load”
  • Resentment and guilt
  • Perfectionism and procrastination
  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Co-parenting challenges
  • Irritability/anger
  • “Mom rage”
  • Divorce/separation
  • Grief
  • Racing thoughts
  • Guilt/shame
  • Stress surrounding siblings/other children

What are the typical results of prenatal therapy?

  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased anxiety
  • No longer affected by birth trauma
  • A sense of calm
  • Better relationship with spouse
  • Better relationships with child/children
  • Better sleep
  • Increased stress management skills
  • Increased communication skills
  • Increased coping skills
  • Ability to set boundaries
  • Ability to ask for help and rely on others when needed
  • Confidence in motherhood!
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