Pregnancy and Postpartum

Like almost everything else in your life, your body and mind will face significant changes in the weeks and months before and after your baby's birth. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Symptoms, which may include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anger, trouble eating or sleeping, difficulty bonding with your baby, panic, upsetting thoughts, or a fear you may hurt yourself or your baby, can appear any time during pregnancy and during the first 12 months after childbirth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or even just a general sense of being “out of control” or “going crazy”, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s pregnancy and postpartum specialists today.

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Becoming a mother might be one of the most hardest but transformative experiences of our lives. Nothing can really prepare you for all the changes that you experience, the challenges that arise but the immense love you have for your child. There are moments of pure joy, but also ones that test every part of your being. There are moments of, I can’t do this anymore. Am I the only feeling this? Why don’t I feel the same anymore. Know, Mama, you are not alone.

— April Brown, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

I have specialized training In Perinatal Mood Disorders through Postpartum Support International.

— Tameka Whittlesey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Is a child coming into your life? Processing birth trauma/fears can help with postpartum and parenting experiences. New baby causing stress in your relationship? The conscious or unconscious roles we are taking on, our expectations, and disappointments can pile onto missed sleep and changing hormones to deliver a wallop! It may seem hard to find the time for self-care, but online therapy is a place where I can meet you where you are. (Individuals or couples).

— Gillian Gillette, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

I have advanced training in perinatal mood disorders, anxiety, and loss. I am on track to receive my Perinatal Mental Health Certificate.

— Sarah Lauterbach, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Carmel by the Sea, CA

I have several certifications and trainings in perinatal and postpartum mood issues, including the certificate training from Postpartum Support International. I have also trained with Karen Kleiman of the Postpartum Stress Center. My practice is also closely connected to Boston OBGYN, a leading group of physicians for women affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

— Jessica Foley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Waltham, MA

Becoming a parent is a complicated journey. Families struggle with fertility, loss, traumatic birth, postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, previous family of origin issues and overwhelm related to new roles as a stay-at-home parent, a working parent, or the transition between the two. My role is to educate, foster awareness, facilitate support and connection, and assist in adjusting expectations of parents within a society that perpetuates striving for a unattainable versions of parenting.

— Melissa Cramer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chapel Hill, NC

Postpartum mental health conditions are a range of mental health disorders that can occur during or after pregnancy. These conditions can affect both mothers and fathers, although they are more commonly associated with mothers. Here is an overview of some of the most common postpartum mental health conditions: Postpartum Depression (PPD), Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum OCD Postpartum PTSD can occur after a traumatic childbirth experience, such as a difficult delivery or emergency C-section.

— Natasha Hendricks, Counselor in White Salmon, WA

Pregnancy and postpartum can be powerful, overwhelming and richly transformational all at the same time. I love working with those who are trying to get pregnant, experiencing loss or termination, navigating pregnancy, or the postpartum period. Pregnancy and postpartum is a calling for one's deep personal inner mothering as well as learning logistical coping and management skills. Plus, as a mother of three, I understand and can empathize on a personal level.

— Caroline Gebhardt, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Kimberly is certified in perinatal mental health; this encompasses the scope of mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Depression, anxiety, OCD and other mood disorders can onset during the perinatal period, not to mention the transitions in the family. Kimberly is passionate about helping families conquer the mental health challenges and transitions that often occur during the perinatal period.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I am a Perinatal Mental Health Certified Therapist, experienced and trained in supporting individuals with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, birthing trauma, pregnancy and infant loss, and difficulties transitioning into pregnancy or parenting stages of life.

— Lauren Hadley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

Becoming a new parent is exhausting! Many times between lack of sleep, stress and changes in your body chemistry it can cause an increase in anxiety and depression.

— Christina Spinler, Psychotherapist in Tulsa, OK

I see the challenges and sacredness of pregnancy and postpartum time periods in a person's life. This time is not to be taken lightly, and I believe pregnant and postpartum people do not get the emotional, physical, and medical support they need. Therapy is one way to attain some of that much needed support and care.

— Alexandra Klein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwood Village, CO

I spent the first part of my career working exclusively with children, which included a large amount of caregiver support, and led me to seek more specialization to support new parents (partners included) during such a vulnerable life chapter. I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health by Postpartum Support International, and have collaborative relationships with various members of the local birthing community (doulas, midwives, lactation consultants).

— Allison Staiger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Pregnancy and the postpartum period are two of the most significant changes in a woman's life. I have training in helping moms adjust to their new roles, as well as addressing any postpartum anxiety or depression that may be present.

— Kendra Olson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

Whether you’re a first-time parent or not, your life as you know it changes with a new baby. You may be surprised by shifting roles in your family or support system, overwhelmed by the minutiae of your daily responsibilities, or struggling to adjust to your new life. Wherever you are on your journey, Somatic therapy can help center you in your body so that you have greater resourcefulness to care for yourself, your baby, and your family.

— Delilah Raybee, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

In pregnancy and the postpartum period a multitude of different feelings and experiences arise due to the unique process. Some can be expected, and match norms popularized by dominant media, and others can feel foreign, “not right”, or cause grief and shame because they do not match the popularized norms. This life changing experience forces you to reform your identity, whether it be your 1st pregnancy or 5th. I can hold the feelings that arise and help you become the caregiver you hope to be.

— Jennifer Alt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I have extensive training covering many aspects of mental health concerns during the pregnancy and postpartum period. I have been working with this population for four years. Supporting moms through all the phases of motherhood I feel passionate about.

— Morgan Fitzgerald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK