“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
One in five mothers experiences postpartum adjustment stress, a leading complication of childbirth. Women with postpartum distress need a judgment-free, safe space to be heard, understood, and appreciated. The postpartum period is a time of transition, and for some, a time of distress. Women may need clinical treatment or support to process their experience.
New motherhood is a complex time of new stressors, roadblocks, emotions, and fears when extra support is needed to manage often complicating factors and relationships. As a new mom, personal hopes and dreams are often buried in a lost sense of You. Confidence may become shaky or a once recognizable balance in life may be lost.
These are a few symptoms of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders:
- Feeling sad, irritable or angry
- Feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness
- Feeling like something bad is going to happen or having upsetting thoughts
- Constant worry, racing thoughts, inability to sit still
- Physical symptoms like dizziness, nausea, disturbances in appetite and sleep
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
I have spent countless hours with mother and infant as a breastfeeding consultant and maternal and infant specialist. Observing early motherhood, I witnessed mother and baby engage in a complicated new relationship. At times it appears they are inseparable, fused emotionally and physically. Other moments, they shift to an emotional and physical need to honor separateness. Where does one need end and the other begin? This complex dance can be lovely, exhilarating, frightening, and freeing.
I have practiced as a certified lactation counselor and a maternal and infant advocate for thirteen years. As a breastfeeding specialist, I have been invited to join a very personal, thus vulnerable space between mothers and their infants. My role has been to educate, advise, counsel, consult, and support a multitude of families. It was a privilege to share this sacred space, witnessing the miracle of life unfold.
Choose To Heal
Give yourself the gift of a supportive and empathetic listener, one who can help you to discover new possibilities. During this time, relationships may have changed, causing distress and anxiety, robbing you of living in the present. You may be having trouble resting and playing. As a postnatal specialist, I will help you to align with your intuition, build confidence, and feel empowered to live a life you love. This remarkable stage of life is precious with moments not to be missed. You and your newborn deserve serenity and joy.