NOW THAT BABY IS HOME
Support, Therapy & Somatic Work
Adjusting to Parenthood
There is a myth that pregnancy and the time after giving birth is supposed to be one of the happiest times in a woman's life. While this may be true for some, many women feel physically and emotionally uncomfortable during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This time can be difficult and exhausting, even when you are looking forward to welcoming your baby. Many moms find that a few therapy session during this time is beneficial in supporting them through this adjustment. Some of the issues that may arise are your changing relationship with your partner, changing relationship with your own parents, your own shifting roles and identity, feeling a lack of confidence as a mom, feeling isolated, alone, or overwhelmed, learning how to attune to your baby, and personal and societal expectations of what it means to be a "good mom".
Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
If you are feeling sadness, irritability, overwhelm, constant worry, loss of pleasure, difficulty sleeping (not due to physical symptoms or a nursing infant), poor appetite, or thoughts of harming yourself, you may be experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety. Postpartum depression / anxiety occurs in about 1 in every 5 women and is the number one complication of childbirth. If you have a personal or family history of depression or anxiety, you are at greater risk for postpartum depression / anxiety. Therapy can help and you are not alone. We will work together to create a plan so you feel supported through this more vulnerable time. There is no need to suffer through this when it is very treatable.
If you are unsure if you are having some postpartum related issues, click here to take the EPDS.
Postnatal Somatic Work
Pregnancy & birth are powerful experiences. During pregnancy, your body is home to the growing being in your belly. You experience many new and different sensations as well as experiencing the unknown. During childbirth, there is an intense mixture of emotions, physical pain, and fear. And if there was any trauma during childbirth (such as an emergency c-section or health risks to mamma or baby) or old trauma was triggered, the experience of fear & pain is heightened. Whatever your experience is during pregnancy and childbirth, somatic work is an opportunity to reconnect your body, to nourish it, and give it the space to heal in whatever way is needed.
Westside New Moms Group
New Motherhood is a profoundly transformative time in a woman’s life. This drop-in group offers a supportive place to discuss all the changes that a baby brings. You will learn practical ways to nurture yourself and skills to handle the challenges while making meaningful connections with other moms.
Topics can include: Lactation Challenges, Myths of Motherhood: Expectations vs Reality, Hormonal Transitions, Baby Blues vs Postpartum Depression, Self-care, Sleep Deprivation, Growing Your Support Team, Balancing Your Relationships and New Roles.
Support Group is for moms with babies 0 to 7 months and held on the westside of Los Angeles. By Donation (suggested donation is $20). To register, join through meetup.com.
After having a baby, parents can easily become fatigued, sleepless, irritable, and overwhelmed. When this happens, parents can end up feeling unappreciated, neglected, and lonely. I create a safe, respectful environment for both partners so each person feels heard. From there we can move on to looking at how a couple can support each other during this time. A strong relationship is one of the best gifts you can give your child!
Postpartum Depression in Dads
Although fathers do not go through the same hormonal shifts, they do experience many of the same changes that women go through. If fathers have a personal or family history of depression, lack of social support or are having difficulty in their relationship with the mother of their baby, they are also at risk for postpartum depression. This can be very difficult for fathers because it is not recognized or talked about. Therapy can help dads get the support and tools needed to feel better.
IN OFFICE / HOME VISITS / PHONE/VIDEO CONFERENCING
I hold sessions in my office in West Los Angeles. If you have been put on bed rest or are not able to drive due to a physical condition, this can be an isolating, overwhelming and scary time and one which you need support the most. I will come to you or we can have sessions over the phone.