• Help with Postpartum Depression, Frederick MD

    Postpartum Counseling Online for Women in MD & PA

    You know you “should” feel overjoyed that you have a new baby. But that reality is that you’re missing your old life, you’d give anything to sleep for more than 2 hours straight, and you’re starting to wonder if you’ve got the “baby blues.” Or is it something else?

    1 in 7 women and 1 in 10 partners to postpartum women will suffer from a perinatal mood disorder during or after a pregnancy. If you’ve previously struggled with any mental health issue, the odds are greater. One of the “best” things about a perinatal mental health issue is that they are, with appropriate attention, extremely curable. Also, contrary to popular belief, the perinatal period includes pregnancy and the first year after the birth of a child. That’s a long time!

    If you’re struggling, you don’t have to stay where you are. Postpartum counseling by a trained professional can help. I am trained in perinatal mental health issues, and I’m a survivor of perinatal depression. You’re not alone.

    Postpartum Depression

    Different than what is commonly referred to as, “the baby blues,” postpartum depression is a significant (yet highly treatable and curable!) maternal mental health issue. Whereas the baby blues are usually gone by around 2 weeks postpartum after your hormones begin to stabilize, postpartum depression can last longer and be far more intense and severe than the feelings that we often attribute to the “normal” adjustment to becoming a mom. If you feel like you’re in a fog, ask those around you, preferably a close gal pal who will be really honest with you, how they think you’re doing. If they tell you, “you’re not yourself,” it might be time to ask for help.

    Signs of Postpartum Depression

    You might be experiencing postpartum depression if you:

    • find yourself excessively tearful or unpredictably emotional
    • feel “numbed out” or even disconnected from what your feelings might be
    • aren’t interested in cuddling or interacting with your baby
    • have trouble resting or falling asleep OR are constantly sleepy or sleeping
    • you have a previous history of depression

    Postpartum Counseling for Anxiety

    Postpartum Anxiety

    Though we used to toss everything into the “postpartum depression” party, we now know that many women experience perinatal anxiety or postpartum anxiety in which instead of feeling low, numb or disconnected, you might actually feel like everything has gone into overdrive! Perinatal anxiety is one of the most common perinatal mental health issues in women, especially if you’re a little anxiety prone already. Believe me, I get it.

    Signs of Postpartum Anxiety

    You might be struggling with postpartum anxiety/perinatal anxiety if:

    • you feel like you just can’t “settle,” your mind or body, even though you’re completely exhausted
    • you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
    • you’re excessively concerned about the health, safety, and well-being of your baby
    • you’re irritable or snappy in a way that goes beyond the usual crabbiness we all sometimes have
    • you have a previous history of anxiety

    Counseling for Postpartum OCD

    Postpartum OCD

    Perinatal or Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Perinatal OCD) is something that we don’t like to talk about because it can be upsetting, shameful, and sometimes we cannot, as moms, even believe that we are having the thoughts that we are. We judge ourselves harshly more than anyone else ever could. We hope that those thoughts or images that came out of nowhere will just go away. But they’re not abating, and they’re frightening. You’re not alone, and there is no reason to be ashamed. Let’s talk about it.

    Signs of Postpartum OCD

    You might be experiencing perinatal OCD if:

    • you’re having thoughts or images flash into your mind of something awful happening to your child OR of you hurting your child
    • you find yourself feeling unsafe to be around your baby or as though he/she/baby does not deserve you
    • you are avoiding certain activities or behaviors because you fear injuring your baby
    • you cannot stop thinking about all of the ways that you could somehow lose your child

    Birth Trauma

    Every mother hopes to have a fairytale birth story for their journey into motherhood. You made the birth plan, took all the prenatals, did all the things, and yet… Birth trauma, a birth in which you were afraid for your own well-being or that of your child, is a very real, not often discussed occurrence in a woman’s life. I offer a safe space for you to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of your birth story so that you can begin to unburden from your experience or find a way to reframe your story.

    Pregnancy or Infant Loss

    One of the hardest losses a woman could face. Telling your story and working through grief, on your timeline, is available to you. I offer a non-judgmental listening ear while we walk through this period together.

    Postpartum Counseling Resources for New Moms

    Organizations:

    Postpartum Support International – offers FREE weekly support groups for new moms, dads, BIPOC families, pregnancy and infant loss, and military families. I completed my training for Perinatal Mental Health through them, and I cannot recommend them enough for support in the postpartum period.

    Books:

    Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, be Pamela Druckerman *** this one is a personal fave

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