Contact Info:
16614 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618

Phone: 813.215.5558

drsusan@susanposada.com
www.drsusanposada.com

Postpartum Counseling

“Coping with the bundle of challenges that comes with a bundle of joy”

Women are faced with many challenges as they adapt to changes associated with having a new baby. The joys of having a baby are often experienced as more difficult than most women anticipate. Bringing a baby into the family is naturally stressful. Unfortunately, many women blame themselves for struggling to adjust and are afraid tell others what they are emotionally experiencing. Sometimes moms say they fear they are going “crazy” or describe feeling embarrassed and surprised that having a baby is different than what they had expected.

Eighty percent of new mothers experience “baby blues” which tends to resolve on its own from 7-10 days after delivery. However, some women (15-20%) experience postpartum depression and /or anxiety and 1% experience postpartum psychosis. Often women’s needs are not identified by their care providers and they suffer unnecessarily. If not treated there is potential for depression and anxiety for their infant. The long term consequences can be devastating.

Counseling can help moms adjust to the life style, relational and psychological changes that are inevitable during this phase of their family’s development and helping them cope. Common changes women are faced with include: Financial strain, job loss for the mother, identity loss for the mother, no time for self care, strain in the parent relationship, interrupted sleep, change in family dynamics and unrealistic expectations. Counseling discussions consist of the following:

  • Myths about parenthood
  • Realistic expectations
  • Coping with sleeplessness
  • Stress management
  • Marital adjustment
  • Returning to work
  • Coping with depression and anxiety
  • Adapting to life style changes
  • Identity changes
  • Eliciting support from others
  • Dealing with in-laws and other extended family members
  • Body image, self confidence and self care
  • Helping siblings cope with a new baby
  • Coping with colic
  • Parenting skills
  • Bonding
  • Breast and bottle feeding challenges


POSTPARTUM COUPLES


When a Couple becomes a Trio, or more: Adjusting to parenthood

Dr. Posada strongly encourages fathers to attend counseling sessions when possible. Often fathers do not know how to help their wives while at the same time they are faced with their own stressors. In fact, 13% of fathers experience postpartum depression. Having a baby naturally puts stress on the couple relationship. When parents are aware of how to cope and communicate about the changes that are inevitable during this phase of their families development they are better prepared to negotiate role changes, adapt to life style changes and establish realistic expectations - all of which will strengthen their family’s foundation. A solid foundation sets the stage for a mentally healthy infant.

  • In addition to the topics above, couples can also address:
  • Realistic expectations for each other and the baby
  • Renegotiating roles
  • Helping fathers cope
  • Improving communication
  • Better understanding of each others experience
  • Intimacy issues
  • Staying connected as a couple


POSTPARTUM GROUP COUNSELING AND SUPPORT


Group counseling gives mothers an opportunity to share their concerns as new moms, listen to others going through similar experiences with their babies, receive emotional support, and assist mothers in building a strong foundation for their child’s development. The group’s focus is on mother’s well-being and relational issues they are facing. The group experience assures mothers that they are not alone as they hear others’ share feelings and thoughts that they are having.

Group counseling provides a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment where moms discuss the following issues:

  • Isolation
  • Realistic expectations
  • Coping with sleeplessness
  • “Super mom” syndrome
  • Marital adjustment
  • Returning to work
  • Coping with depression and anxiety
  • Adapting to life style changes
  • Identity changes
  • Eliciting support from others
  • Dealing with in-laws and other extended family members
  • Body image, self confidence and self care
  • Helping siblings cope with a new baby
  • Coping with colic
  • Parenting skills
  • Bonding
  • Breast and bottle feeding challenges

Mothers may bring infants. Please call for availability.