When a postpartum woman decides to seek out the guidance of a professional, there has often been a significant breakdown in functioning. This is not caused by one factor but by the combination of many. With so much on your plate already, the last thing you want to do is go to therapy. Still, you came across my website because you know that something isn’t right about the way your feeling.
For this reason, it is of paramount importance that you find a provider who is able to address all of the concerns that are unique to postpartum women. As a mental health nurse practitioner, lactation consultant and former Obstetric nurse I can do just that.
If you are having concerns related to Breastfeeding, I can offer guidance from a clinical and evidence based standpoint. For example, how to get more rest while still maintaining your milk supply, exploring options for a feeding plan that optimizes your mental and physical well-being and guidance on how any medications will impact breastfeeding.
If you are having trouble processing your birth experience, I can offer insight drawn from the many deliveries I’ve participated in as a Labor and Delivery nurse. For instance, when you share with me that you feel traumatized by the fact that your natural birth plan turned into a STAT C-section; I am not just nodding my head. I truly understand what you are saying and can help you find ways to cope with that unexpected disappointment.
If you find yourself having thoughts that are scaring you, I can help you to evaluate and modify these patterns of thinking. It is very common to have what are called negative intrusive thoughts that can be graphic in nature and leave you feeling nervous to tell anyone about them. No matter what you are thinking or feeling, you do not have to be nervous to tell me.
If we decide to incorporate medication into your plan, I am able to prescribe you the medication that you need. You will not need to see a separate provider.
Postpartum depression and anxiety disorders are unique and their symptoms must be approached differently than the way in which similar disorders are treated in the general population. I have participated in specialized training through Postpartum Support International as well as post-graduate training at the Postpartum Stress Center. Additionally, I have completed coursework through the Beck Institute on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anxiety.
Research has shown that Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be just as effective as medication in treating depression and anxiety. It is a short-term, solution focused psychotherapy treatment that takes a practical approach to problem-solving.
I understand the darkness and isolation that you may be feeling and as a wife and mother myself, I recognize the complex demands that come with adjusting to these new roles and responsibilities. Even if it is hard to imagine feeling better right now, it is important to understand that these symptoms are temporary and treatable. With help, you will begin to feel better.