Postpartum Counseling

Set Your Appointment with Dr. Susan: 813-215-5558

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 Are you trying to cope with challenges that arise with a new bundle of joy?

 

Women are faced with many challenges as they adapt to the changes associated with having a new baby. The joys of having a baby are often more difficult than most women anticipate, and bringing a baby into the family environment can be stressful at first. Unfortunately, many women blame themselves for struggling to adjust, and become afraid tell others what they are experiencing emotionally.  At times, woman may fear they are going crazy, experience embarrassment, and surprised that having a baby is more challenging than anticipated.


Eighty percent of new mothers experience 'baby blues' which tends to resolve on its own 7-10 days after delivery; however, 15-20% of women may experience postpartum depression, and /or anxiety, while 1% may experience postpartum psychosis.  Often a women's needs are not identified by their care providers and suffer unnecessarily.  If not treated, the potential for depression and anxiety may become apparent for their infant, and long term consequences can be devastating.


Counseling can help new mothers adjust to cope with life style, relational, and psychological changes that occur during this phase of their family's development. Common changes new mothers face include: financial strain, job loss, identity loss, no time for self care, parent relationship strains, interrupted sleep, change in family dynamics, and unrealistic expectations. 


Counseling discussions may 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 adjusting to parenthood a couple becomes a trio, or more, and as a result, Dr. Susan strongly encourages fathers to attend counseling sessions when possible.  Often fathers do not know how to assist their wives, while at the same time facing their own stressors.  In fact, 13% of fathers experience postpartum depression and having a baby may put strain on the couples' relationship.  When parents learn how to cope, and communicate, about the inevitable changes 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 will also address:


  • Realistic expectations of 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 provides new mothers an opportunity to share their concerns, listen to others with similar experiences, receive emotional support, and assist in building a strong foundation for their childs' development. The focused support is on the mothers' well-being, relational issues, and ensures they are not alone as they share their feelings, thoughts, and experiences.


Our support group, and counseling, provides you a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment where mothers may 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. 

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