The research shows us that the most common complication after childbirth is the development of postpartum anxiety and depression. Over the past ten years or so there has been a wonderful surge of information about postpartum distress available to women. The shame and stigma are being stripped away and women are reaching out for help more than ever before. If you have followed the current research, you know that approximately 14% of women who have given birth develop postpartum depression. The statistics you may not know, as they are not as widely publicized, show that approximately %15 of adoptive mothers and 10% of fathers also develop postpartum depression. When we look at these numbers we can see that postpartum depression doesn’t just come from hormonal fluctuations. Additionally, the statistics haven’t always been this high, nor are they the same in other parts of the world. In fact, postpartum depression doesn’t exist in some cultures.
If postpartum depression does develop for a mother, or a father it’s due to a complex system-multiple factors come into play, not just hormones. Therefore, the treatment for postpartum depression is not as simple as psychotherapy and medication. My treatment approach as a therapist working with postpartum women is holistic.
What I offer to postpartum women and couples:
Individual therapy (In-home and office visits are available)
Support groups for new mothers (intimate groups for mothers meeting once per week in six to eight week sessions)
The New Mother Support Group (new mothers and babies 0-3 months)
The Postpartum Anxiety Support Group