Picture an image of a pregnant woman or a new mother. What do you think of? Is she the glowing yogini rubbing her perfectly round belly? Is she a new mom peacefully nursing her adorable healthy newborn? Or perhaps you are thinking of pregnant woman vomiting with a backache, or the a harried new mother, un-showered and frazzled.
Yes, these women do exist, but for most of us, its less black and white. The reality of pregnancy and the postpartum period is complicated. It a time full of joy, but also full of sadness, and anxiety. It is far easier to talk about it in cartoonish extremes then it is to explore the nuances of this transitional period.
This is why I created this blog. I am a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health. This means I work with women and families from pre-conception, through pregnancy, the postpartum period, and everything in between. This means I specialize in the messy, in the complicated, in the topics we don’t want to talk about. This blog will be your guide to and through all of it.
Because Maternity Matters!
- Because 15-20% of women will develop postpartum depression.
- Because it’s not just depression. Pregnant and postpartum women are more at risk for anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and several other mood and anxiety disorders.
- Because women are more at risk for developing mental health concerns during the perinatal period then at any other time in their life.
- Because 15-25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage and 1% end in stillbirth.
- Because between 10-15% of women are affected by infertility.
- Because sometimes a woman cannot breastfeed, or doesn’t want to.
- Because adoptive parents, spouses, and partners can experience postpartum anxiety and depression.
- Because it can feel terrible to be home with our kids, and to be at work, and can feel impossible to find balance.
- Because our relationships change after having a baby.
- Because the intersection of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity and pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting are not given enough attention.
I plan to talk about all of it. My hope is this blog will give voice to the complexity of the perinatal period. I hope it will be a resource for clear digestible information, strategies, and guidance for those navigating this time of life.
I welcome feedback so if there is a topic you’d like to see covered, please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to cover it.