Expectant and new parents often experience a range of emotions about becoming a parent. Often times new parents feel overwhelmed by new or more acute emotional experiences. Up to 85% of new parents experience “the baby blues” – the term used to describe the two weeks post-birth characterized by sadness or heightened anxiety. For about 20% of new parents, those feelings linger for longer and are often described as postpartum depression or anxiety.
Whether you are concerned about perinatal or postpartum depression/anxiety or looking for support as you adjust to new changes, having a safe, non-judgmental space to process through those feelings is an important part of being present for your new addition. Our therapist, Katie Fleuriet, has specific training in perinatal mental health. Below are some reasons that someone may seek out perinatal mental health:
Postpartum Support International