Infant & Maternal Mental Health
The perinatal season is a profound period-one that brings with it innumerable shifts and changes. These changes are sometimes welcomed and expected, while also sometimes immensely overwhelming or distressing. Our culture bombards families with messages about what pregnancy & postpartum “should” be like while failing to provide families with the essential messages that they need:
You are enough.
Your feelings are valid.
It’s okay to not be okay.
Support can help.
Perinatal support needs often differ throughout the season.
Sometimes you may simply need a warm meal & some sleep.
Other times you may long for childcare support & help around the house.
At times, however, you may find yourself or others in your family needing additional support-such as mental & emotional support.
What does additional mental & emotional support look like?
That said, support begins with a single conversation--a conversation about how you are doing, about how your child/children are doing, and, if partnered, how your partner is doing.
From there, we can work together through regular conversations or “sessions” to really consider what healing-mental, emotional, physical-means to you. We slowly start to take steps together towards increasing your (or your family’s) level of support during this immediate season and beyond.
These conversations can sometimes feel really overwhelming.
With that, we can start small. We begin by connecting over the phone briefly to learn more about each other. We'll talk about what mental health support looks like & consider ways to connect your family to additional resources.
You can then decide if you'd like to continue the conversation or not. Know that there is no right or wrong decision. Know that there is never any commitment to the number or length of sessions.
Considering mental health & wellness support can be so daunting.
With that, thank you. You are doing an incredible job. Know that taking care of yourself--in whatever capacity--is one of the best gifts that you can give to your little one(s).
Deep breaths. We'll take this one step at a time, together.