Perinatal Mental Health Services

Postpartum International Support (PSI) describes Perinatal Mental Health as life transitions and/or issues occurring during pre-conception through the first year of postpartum. Perinatal Mental Health support can be offered in the form of individual/group therapy, support groups and individualized plans. 

Did you know?

1 in 7 Moms and 1 in 10 Dads suffer from postpartum depression.

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Perinatal Supports:

My social work journey is what led me to become a doula.

I had an extreme desire to specialize in postpartum mood disorders, infertility, adoption, loss/grief and women health issues. 

While doing research, I came across what a doula was and quickly realized how well it would fit in with my social work education and experience and the rest is history! 

I truly believe that my social work experience has laid the foundation down for my advocacy birth work journey.

Perinatal Mental Health Facts:

  • Around 1 in 4 women experience pregnancy or infant loss. 

  • Pregnancy after loss is often filled with very mixed emotions:  there may be excitement, resentment, fear, joy, anxiety, depression and more. 

  • A miscarriage is a loss prior to 20 weeks gestation. A loss after 20 weeks is defined as a stillbirth 

  • Around 1 in 8 couples struggle to get or stay pregnant

  • Women with a history of infertility may be at an increased risk of some pregnancy complications depending on the cause of the couples struggle with infertility (hormonal issues, thyroid issues, etc). 

  • Women with a history of infertility issues are at an increased risk of pre & postpartum mood disorders. 

  • Each couple and infertility journey are unique. It is very crucial to not make any assumptions. 

  • Individuals that have experienced a previous trauma might struggle with certain aspects relating to labor 

  • Even if the individual feels safe, the body can respond with PTSD symptoms 

  • It is really important to have trusted providers where you feel heard, supported and listened to 

(www.postpartum.net)