Maternal Mental Health

My passion and mission is to support, nurture and strengthen mothers and families throughout the lifespan.  Mental health concerns are the number one side effect of pregnancy.  Seriously.  We should be doing more preventatively for our mental health vs. all of us taking that darn glucose test every pregnancy (only 6% of women go on to develop gestational diabetes!). In the postpartum period (up to the first year after birth) 21% of women experience postpartum depression and/or anxiety.  Whatever might be getting in the way of you being the mama you have the capacity and desire to be is what we can focus on.  Ultimately, a stronger, more resilient mama = stronger, more resilient children, partners and families.  The struggle is there is so much that can get in the way!  I have advanced training and utilize several evidence based therapeutic models to help support you through this process (see my education and background here).  I also have a certificate in Perinatal Mental Health (all of the mental health concerns that arise during pregnancy and postpartum) through Postpartum Support International. 

I have successfully helped women navigate through (but not limited to) some of the following :

  • Infertility

  • supporting surrogacy/gestational carriers (including surrogacy evaluations)

  • Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant/Child Loss

  • Negative Birth/Birth Trauma

  • Mood concerns during pregnancy

  • Postpartum Depression

  • Postpartum Anxiety

  • Postpartum Psychosis

  • Anger/irritability/rage

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Trauma that may be impacting your ability to be the mom you want to be

  • Managing and Adjusting to motherhood/parenthood (including new adjustments as our kids get older)

  • Resolving thoughts/feelings about not feeling "good enough"

  • … and of course more!

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One of my favorite ways to partner with mothers is to proactively support and help them build confidence to manage upcoming stressors.  This has included preparing mentally for the birth experience due to past trauma/negative birth or wanting to experience a natural birth (which has been the highlight of my life x 2!).   Another highlight for me is when I can help a mama proactively develop a postpartum support plan to reduce or avoid postpartum mood disorders.  I promise it is possible to put the work in, in advance, and PREVENT the postpartum depression or anxiety you may have experienced in the past.