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.
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