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Postpartum & Perinatal Therapy

Deciding to expand your family can be an exciting time. Changes to hormones, day-to-day life, and relationships are often a natural part of the process. However, for some, difficulties adapting to the changes of pregnancy and birth may be more challenging than expected. If you are a new parent feeling overwhelming sadness, anxiety, difficulty connecting, or recovering from a traumatic pregnancy or birth experience – know that there is support available to you.  At The Juniper Center, our perinatal and postpartum specialists can help provide support for:

  • Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
  • Traumatic Birth Experiences
  • Current and past NICU stays
  • Mental Health During Pregnancy
  • Adoption Support
  • Miscarriage & Loss Support
  • Support for Dads & Partners
  • Navigating New Identities as a Parent
    • Work/Life Balances
    • Changes in Relationships
    • Changes in the Couple Relationship
  • Navigating Societal Expectations of Parenthood

Our Approach to Postpartum & Perinatal Care

Our clinicians work by holding space for each parent’s experience through empathy, validation, and understanding. There is so much shame attached to experiencing any but happiness during and after pregnancy, that so many people keep it to themselves. Our goal is to normalize this experience and help parents see the strengths that they are building as a result.  

New parents can expect to receive compassionate guidance as they adjust to the demands of caring for a newborn, cope with sleep deprivation, hormonal shifts, and the myriad of emotions that come with this life-altering experience.

Whether it’s addressing relationship dynamics, managing postpartum depression or anxiety, or simply seeking a supportive ear, prenatal and postpartum therapy can be a vital source of strength and reassurance during this transformative time.

Common Questions about Postpartum & Perinatal Therapy:

Can I bring my baby to session?

  • Absolutely. When it comes to parenthood, it doesn’t always fit into a convenient schedule

 

When is the right time to consider postpartum therapy?

  • There is such a huge misunderstanding that postpartum therapy is strictly for a short period postpartum. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is valuable anytime during the pregnancy and throughout the child’s life.

 

How do I know what is “normal” for postpartum?

  • We are not a fan of the term “normal” when it comes to the human experience.  Whatever anyone is feeling is “normal” to them in that moment.  Postpartum is often a mix of anxiety, exhaustion, and fear.  It is also filled with thoughts that make new parents uncomfortable (like: “What if I harm the baby?”).  If you feel fear/discomfort because of these thoughts, you are one of millions of other women having them and will never follow through with the more “severe” thoughts.  They are a sign that you are caring parent who loves your child.

 

Can I get postpartum depression or anxiety after adopting?

  • Absolutely. Anxiety and depression often occur following a major life change.  You added a new life to your household; that definitely qualifies as a major life change.  You have to learn how to adjust to everything this entails, and this can result in anxious and depressive symptoms.

  • What are the signs that I may need more support during the perinatal period? Beyond feeling overly anxious or sad, if you find yourself feeling any of the following:
    1. Difficulty bonding with your child
    2. Mood swings
    3. Obsessive thoughts
    4. Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
    5. Excessive anger
    6. Overwhelmed
    7. Lack of interest in activities; and
    8. Thoughts of death/suicide

 

Can my partner be involved in perinatal or postpartum therapy sessions?

  • Sometimes we would recommend that they are. Even if they are not experiencing the same symptoms you are, they may still need support so they can better support you, as well as take care of themselves.

 

Can my husband/ non-birthing spouse be experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety?

  • Yes. You do not need to be the birthing parent to experience postpartum symptoms. It is a myth that only the birthing parent is impacted.

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