Let’s face it, being a mom is really hard. Whether you’re a new mom in the early postpartum period or have been at it a while, you may feel anxious, sad, or overwhelmed at any point in this journey called motherhood.
Upset feelings in the postpartum period can come as a real surprise.
While we may have educated ourselves about postpartum depression during our pregnancy, we may nonetheless have imagined that we would be happy at this time and feel blindsided by the anxiety or depression we experience when the baby arrives. We find that the job of raising a newborn is difficult in ways we couldn’t have imagined.
At Life Counseling Institute, we have taken a special interest in helping young moms navigate the difficult waters of the postpartum period. We can help with postpartum depression and its surprisingly MORE common cousin, postpartum anxiety. Did anyone bother to tell you how common postpartum anxiety is…? We can help if you are experiencing any of the following:
- sad mood, tearfulness
- conflicted emotions about being a mom
- feeling exhausted, depleted, inadequate, or resentful
- worries about the baby’s health or breastfeeding
- concerns you are not bonding with baby
- scary intrusive thoughts or images (which might mean postpartum OCD)
Several of our therapists have expertise in working with postpartum issues, including Dana Donahue, who has received advanced training through Postpartum Support International.
Later Years: Parenting Stress Adds Up
The moms that we see frequently ask, “Am I the only one who thinks this job is really hard?” “Why do other moms seem to be so perfect/put together?” “How can I find time for myself and still take care of my family?”
We can help you to:
- Accept yourself for being a less-than-perfect mom
- Learn to care not just for your children, but for their primary caregiver as well (yes, that would be you!)
- Develop a stronger self-identity
- Find better balance for yourself and your family
When our practice began, we were located within the offices of West Suburban Woman’s Health (wswomenshealth.com). Our practice has grown greatly and we have since moved into a larger space right next door. We still work closely with the providers at WSWH to coordinate comprehensive care for their patients.