Pregnancy is a time of great change for a woman, physically, emotionally and socially. It’s during this time that a woman most needs the support and love of her partner and her village-the group of friends and family and overall community to which she belongs.
When preparing for the arrival of a baby, couples go through a series of preparations: child birth classes, infant care, breastfeeding classes, baby showers, gathering supplies needed for the newborn, etc. New connections are being made with other expecting couples, with medical providers and with some of the people who will make up the village after the baby arrives. These are all essential steps.
However, I find that many mothers and fathers are lacking in some important preparations needed to manage this enormous life transition. They are not focusing on the areas that may put them at risk for developing anxiety and depression following the arrival of the baby.
Most often, I see mothers who were unaware of the specific vulnerabilities they had prior to becoming pregnant. It’s the lack of preparation applied to these individual vulnerabilities that can leave them feeling blindsided when postpartum distress (anxiety and/or depression in the postpartum period) shows up.
Services offered to pregnant women and expecting couples:
In-home preparation intensives
Breastfeeding preparation workshops
Workshops for expecting parents