Prenatal & Postpartum
I offer prenatal and postpartum counseling for women and families surrounding the momentous changes in identity, roles, and relationships that can accompany childbirth. My work uses a combination of techniques, including the Peterson Childbirth Method. Developed by Dr. Gayle Peterson, this research-based counseling practice can help you navigate the changes, emotions, cultural pressures, and personal history involved in the milestone of giving birth. This method is connected with increased ability to adapt to the power and flow of the labor process as well as to lower risk of postpartum depression.
Pregnancy and childbirth are hailed in our culture as a time of blissful joy, bonding, and love-as-never-felt-before, accompanied by minor challenges or inconveniences. While this assessment may accurately reflect the experiences of some mothers and fathers, it also ignores and silences the other aspects of new motherhood—like prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety—that can feel unexpected, abnormal, isolating, and shameful. If you are feeling crazy, desperate, sad, wildly emotional, scared, or are having disturbing thoughts you cannot control, know that you are not alone and that there is help available.
- Postpartum Support International: www.postpartum.net
- A warm line (1-800-944-4PPD) in English and Spanish. The line is often answered live, but if not, a caller is guaranteed a call back from a knowledgeable, trained volunteer within 24 hours who will provide telephone support and help them find resources in their area.
- New York Times article, May 28, 2015 (The Secret Sadness of Pregnancy With Depression)
- Book: Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression
- Many other books listed at: http://www.postpartum.net/resources/psi-bookstore/
- Chat with an expert: an anonymous group phone chat with a PMD expert, every Wednesday for moms and partners, and the first Monday of every month for dads. Information about chat phone numbers and times is available at: http://www.postpartum.net/chat-with-an-expert/