******** 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 womens 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 familys 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:
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 familys foundation. A solid foundation sets the stage for a mentally healthy infant.
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 childs development. The groups focus is on mothers 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:
Mothers may bring infants. Please call for availability.
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