Becoming a parent is a time of transition and is often unexpectedly met with mixed emotions. Even transitions that we are excited for and plan for, such as pregnancy or the birth of a baby can be overwhelming. In general, change tends to be difficult for people. We know many changes take place during pregnancy and after the birth of a baby. Our bodies change. Our sense of identity changes. Our relationships change. Our schedules change. And more.
If you are struggling and don’t feel that your transition to parenthood is going exactly the way that you wanted, please know you are not alone and help is available.
- 80% of new mothers experience the “baby blues” during the first 2-3 weeks following the birth of their child.
- 15-20% of women experience significant depression or anxiety following a pregnancy.
- Dads can also experience symptoms of depression or anxiety after the birth of their child.
Perinatal mental health concerns are treatable.
Sarah offers the following services for new parents:
- Individual Therapy (mothers or fathers)
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Self Care Workshops
- Self Care Psychoeducational Group
Infants are always welcome in therapy sessions or at my workshops. If child care for older children is a barrier to attending sessions, please contact me so we can try to brainstorm a solution. It is important for parents to be able to get the support they need, so they can be there for their children.
If you’d like to read more, you may like to check out some of Sarah’s blog posts related to mental health for new parents:
Contact Sarah at 952-457-2322 or Sarah@SarahLeitschuhCounseling.com