Maternal Mental Health
Maternal mental health includes the care and attention to emerging mental health concerns or symptoms during the perinatal and postpartum periods. The perinatal and postpartum periods can bring significant emotional and psychological challenges for birthing individuals and their families. Recognizing the prevalence of mental health concerns during this time and the specific needs of new parents, counseling plays a vital role in providing specialized support.
Maternal mental health concerns are more common than many people realize. According to research published by Mental Health America (MHA) approximately 15-20% of women experience mental health issues during pregnancy or within the first year after childbirth. These concerns can include postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum PTSD, and postpartum psychosis.
The postpartum period brings a combination of physical, emotional, and social changes that can impact mental well-being. Hormonal fluctuations, sleep deprivation, adjusting to new roles and responsibilities, and the demands of caring for a newborn can contribute to stress, anxiety, and mood disorders. Our team of therapists provides a specialized and nuanced approach to address these challenges and support individuals and families during this transitional phase. Jessica Sweeney and Jeni Mose had additional training in this area and are both pursuing certifications in maternal mental health.
At Sunglow Counseling, we acknowledge the importance of partner and family involvement in supporting maternal mental health. Partners may also experience emotional challenges during the postpartum period, and counseling provides an opportunity for them to address their own concerns and strengthen their ability to provide support.
If you find yourself to be part of the 15-20%, you are not alone. Therapy for birthing individuals and families in the postpartum period is tailored to their unique needs. It recognizes that every individual and family's experience is different and requires individualized support. Sunglow Counseling creates a safe and non-judgmental space for birthing individuals and families to share their experiences, emotions, and concerns without fear of judgment or criticism. It provides validation for their feelings, which can be crucial for normalizing their experiences and reducing feelings of isolation.