1 in 7 mothers experiences anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy or after giving birth. Postpartum anxiety and depression are highly common, but temporary and very treatable conditions. Postpartum therapy is a very effective form of treatment, and symptoms can often be resolved within a few months. Symptoms associated with postpartum anxiety and depression can develop over time or have a rapid onset. They can begin during pregnancy or up to one year after giving birth.

Common symptoms include:

  • difficulty sleeping
  • feeling as though one is on an emotional rollercoaster
  • feeling disconnected from the baby, others, or ones self
  • feelings of guilt, inadequacy, or worthlessness
  • concerns about something bad happening
  • irritability
  • thoughts of self harm or harm to ones baby
  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions

Most often, early screening and intervention can protect the well-being of the mother, baby, and entire family system. In therapy, I support mothers, partners, and families around various issues related to the childbearing years, including:

  • decision to become a parent
  • struggles with infertility
  • pregnancy loss or termination
  • postpartum symptoms – stress, anxiety and depression
  • parenting support