Postpartum depression may be mistaken for baby blues at first — but the signs and symptoms are more intense and last longer, and may eventually interfere with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks.
We explore how to meet your own needs while meeting the needs of your baby. We understand how debilitating depression and anxiety can be when you have a little one to care for. We work with you to improve your mental health and your relationship with your baby. There are safe and effective treatments available, and that’s what we specialize in.
With all the changes during this time, it’s hard to know whether your feelings are ‘normal’. It takes time to adjust and transition to your new role; you need time to feel comfortable and find your way.
Common reasons for parents seeking help in the first year postpartum:
- Postnatal depression
- Postnatal anxiety
- Adjustment to parenthood
- Adjustment following a premature or multiple birth
- Difficulties feeling attached or bonded with your baby
- Unsettled or sickly infants
- Sadness at early breastfeeding cessation
- Lack of enjoyment in parenting
- Lack of bond with baby
- Desire to understand and foster the emotional life of your baby
- Feeling irritable or guilty
- Feeling overwhelmed (“This is too much”)
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Maintaining couple intimacy in the transition to parenthood
- Consulting about parenting practices and approaches
Remember, you are not alone. We all need additional support during this time.