The journey to create a family, at times, can be fraught with complications. While trying to conceive, many women experience infertility issues, miscarriages, and stillbirths. Once the baby is born, some women struggle with trauma related to labor and deliver or infant loss. In addition, one in seven women are likely to experience symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. The psychological effects of these experiences can significantly interfere with a woman’s ability to enjoy her pregnancy, bond with her baby, maintain her relationship with her partner, and function at maximum capacity.
A couple trying to conceive can experience high levels of stress when there are infertility issues or complications in carrying a baby to term. If you have experienced infertility, miscarriages, and/or stillbirths your may need encouragement to openly talk about this painful loss. In addition, at this time, it may be too difficult to turn to your partner who may also be hurting and in need of support.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, you are not alone and it’s not your fault! Unlike the baby blues, PMAD can start during pregnancy, or anytime from a few weeks up to a year postpartum. Suffering with mood symptoms during this special time is always unexpected and, therefore, devastating for your family.
In general, doctors and other supports may minimize your symptoms related to reproductive mental health. Unfortunately, this lack of response can prolong suffering and difficulties caring for yourself and your family. Treatment is very effective, and if you receive early treatment you can quickly feel restored to a healthier level of functioning.
The psychologists at the Sage Psychology Group are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat reproductive mental health concerns. Our clinicians have received certified training from the Postpartum Stress Center in Philadelphia and Postpartum Support International, a world-renowned organization in this field. We are dedicated to helping women struggling with reproductive mental health issues experience greater compassion, support, and optimism around creating their loving family.