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Pregnancy is supposed to be a wonderful time - preparing for baby.  It isn't always that way.  Hormonal changes, expectations, miscarriages, the baby's medical problems, a woman may become depressed and/or anxious.  The birth may be difficult.  The baby may not latch. Tired...  Bonding? What if the baby has an allergy?

I can help you work through some of the peripartum and postpartum mood changes and doubts that you experience. While today it is more generally accepted that those supposedly wonderful moments after birth, are sometimes very difficult and disappointing, having someone to talk with about your experience, helps you and helps baby.  

I am a psychologist and psychoanalyst that can help you with the emotions you experience in pregnancy, being pregnant, and postpartum. 
SCREEN YOURSELF:

If you answer "yes" to these three questions, you may be experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety:

    1.      I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong
    2.      I have been anxious or worried for no good reason
    3.      I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason

(Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Kabir K, Sheeder J, Kelly LS. Identifying postpartum depression: Are 3 questions as good as 10? Pediatrics 2008, 122(3):e696-e702)

PLEASE NOTE:  BECOMING A MOM IS A BIG AND NEW EXPERIENCE!  SOME WORRY AND/OR SELF-BLAME DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY.  AN IMPORTANT DISTINCTION IS IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE NOT YOURSELF

CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR AND TALK TO A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY. 

LISTEN to Becky's and Sarah's (Mom's Mental Health Initiative) descriptions of their experience of Postpartum Mood Symptoms, Click here, and then scroll down on the page for their videos.

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