Are you feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed since the birth of your baby? It can be hard to admit, but feeling less than blissed out following your baby’s birth is completely normal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11 to 20% of women who give birth each year have postpartum depression symptoms. If you settled on an average of 15% of four million live births in the US annually, this would mean approximately 600,000 women get PPD each year in the United States alone. This figure only accounts for those experiencing postpartum depression, to say nothing of other postpartum disorders, including anxiety and psychosis.
Even for those with less severe symptoms, getting help can make a huge difference. New moms are notoriously hard on themselves and may find the idea of therapy daunting, but it is critical for your own health, as well as that of your child.
Postpartum counseling can help you understand the source of your sadness or anxiety, practice compassion for yourself, learn tools for regulating your emotions, and ultimately be a better mother.
Because I understand the barriers to getting help, I’ve made it as easy as possible for new moms to get counseling. I offer home visits; I’ll come to you, in your own home. You can be with your baby, feed as necessary, and do whatever else makes you comfortable while we talk. I’m also available by Skype or phone if that suits your needs better.
You are not alone, and help is available.