Postpartum & Perinatal
You Are Not Alone
Postpartum depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders don't follow the text-book images of what people think of when they imagine the symptomatology of these disorders. Here are some key attribute of a postpartum mood disorder:
-Not quite feeling yourself
-Unwanted or scary thoughts: like accidentally hurting the baby or yourself
-Feeling like you shouldn't be left alone with the baby or yourself
-Explosiveness or Rage
-Hours or minutes in the day that you feel elated, grateful, complete and then it all goes away
-Problems connecting with your spouse compounded with anger and even resentment
-Feeling overwhelmed or in over your head
If you or someone you love or know is describing any or all of these symptoms please know that there is help. You are not alone and with the right support you can and will find your footing as the wonderful parent you want to be.
Call for a 20 minute consult to learn more about postpartum and perinatal therapy.
What To Expect with Therapy
Postpartum and perinatal therapy is often short term (average 6 months) or until your symptoms feel like they are more in your control. Together, we will focus first on a wellness plan to assist you in structuring essential foundational needs such as sleep, exercise, nutrition, and support systems. Postpartum therapy can be supplemented by, or in addition to, medication. Anew therapy is skilled at assisting you to explore your treatment options and choose the right course for you. Through the clinical interventions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Skills, together we will change negative thoughts, spirals, and eruptions into a more healthy balance of calmness and clarity. You deserve the experience of loving your baby and every moment of her coo's, cuddles, and cries.
Helpful Information and Resources
24/7 Crisis Line with volunteers that are trained in postpartum mood disorders, are kind, and can direct you to the right place for help.
Call PSI at 1-800-944-4773 or text 503-894-9453
Education, awareness, and resource connection. PPHA. provides a free, up-to-date referral list (Kristi's List) of therapists, doctors, and practitioners that specialize in perinatal health.
Inpatient emergency treatment. If you or someone you love is in danger, crisis and inpatient treatment is available 24/7.
Richard E. Hopkins Behavioral Health Building 1165 Airport Blvd., Second Floor
Austin, Texas 78702
(512) 472-HELP (4357)
Books & Reading
This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression, By Karen Kleiman and Valarie Davis Raskin.
What am I Thinking? Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression, By Karen Kleiman, MSW
When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women, By Penny Simkin, PT, and Phyllis Klaus, CSW, MFT
Non-Profit providing parenting support, resources, education, and in-home visits.
Support Groups for Postpartum