Prenatal / Postpartum Mental Health

Have you experienced some difficulty adjusting to the physical, emotional, and psychological changes after becoming pregnant?  You’re not alone.

 

A Mother’s Changing Role

Often a mother’s role changes with respect to her marital and social relationships, professional identity, constraints on her time, increased childcare and household responsibilities, and feelings of efficacy.  Most mothers experience at least some period of sleep deprivation that may compound other difficulties. [gn_note color=”#d8e9fc”] The World Health Organization (WHO) defines maternal mental health as “a state of well-being in which a mother realizes her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her community” (Swartz, 2007, p. 1195). [/gn_note]  

Our Treatment

We offer several treatment options to promote optimal prenatal and postpartum mental health:

  • Prenatal and postpartum individual and dyadic (mother-baby) psychotherapy
  • Prenatal psychiatric consultation and medication management that is sensitive to the mother’s psychiatric needs and the health of her baby
  • Postpartum psychiatric consultation and medication management that is sensitive to the mother’s psychiatric needs and her desire to breastfeed her baby

    A postpartum adjustment disorder falls on the continuum between “baby blues” and postpartum depression. Symptoms can include transient moodiness, anxiety, irritability, and feeling overwhelmed.  These symptoms persist beyond the first few weeks postpartum and create a mild disturbance in the mother’s adjustment to her new role.  Treatment typically involves short-term psychotherapy.