Societal expectations about parenthood/motherhood and the pressures that individuals put on themselves can create a vicious cycle of not feeling good enough and guilt about not doing things in the “right” or “perfect” way. The combination of these expectations and pregnancy and childbirth not going as planned can leave new parents and their significant other’s feeling overwhelmed, confused, and often times alone.
The isolation with perinatal issues is real and rampant. The truth is that 1 in 4 pregnancies result in loss, 1 in 5 mothers experience postpartum depression, 1 in 8 couples has difficulty getting pregnant, and many birth experiences are traumatic. These experiences are very real but we’re not talking about them often enough.
The motherhood & parenthood journey brings many challenges, but you don’t have to do it alone. Everyone needs support as they navigate infertility, pregnancy, birthing, mothering, parenting, and healing from loss or birth trauma. Cori can help, as she has advanced training in assessing, diagnosing and treating Maternal Mental health disorders through Postpartum Support International and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Mental Health Professional Group.
Common issues parents may face:
- prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD
- traumatic pregnancy or childbirth experience
- feelings of guilt, shame, or fear
- feeling disconnected
- adjustment issues
- identity issues
- subsequent pregnancy after postpartum depression or anxiety
- infertility, pregnancy loss, still birth, infant loss
- pregnancy after a loss
- issues in the couple’s relationship
- breastfeeding difficulties
- decisions to stay at home or return to work
- parenting support
- adoption journey
- coping with the maze of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and third party reproduction
- donor-conceived counseling and donor-linking