Preconception, Pregnancy and Beyond
You may be beginning to think about having a child. You may be struggling with becoming pregnant. Our work together will help you move through any anxieties, fears, ambivilance or grief you have related to pregnancy, birth or new parenthood. My philosophy is that your entire being- your body, mind and spirit- are all equally involved in this process. Our work together supports your entire being and helps move your forward on your journey.
Let’s work together, you and I. Let’s create an inspirational and heart opening time for you. Perhaps you would like to prepare for giving birth, whether it is in the hospital, at a birth center, or at home. We talk about hopes, expectations, fears and what you can do to move closer to how you want to feel within yourself when you birth.
Perhaps you are feeling stressed, anxious or concerned about issues related to pregnancy, birth or becoming a mother. Pregnancy is a time of great change that can bring up a multitude of emotions as your body, mind and spirit undergo this tremendous transition. I guide you to open up to the moment, be with what is -the good, the bad and the beautiful – and to use it to grow.
And perhaps you are really struggling with challenging emotions and hormonal shifts throughout your pregnancy and need tools and skills to assist you in responding to stress and difficult emotions.
Perhaps you just want to savor this time and connect more deeply with yourself and your baby.
However you feel, I am here to bring ease and calm to this life transition.
This is an opportunity for you to receive support on this new life journey of parenthood. While having a new baby can be joyful, there can also be a great deal of grief over the life that has been left behind. A new baby represents such huge change- change in the couple's relationship, loss of independence, change in careers if mom or dad are staying home with baby- just to name a few. Integrating a new baby into the home can be very stressful as it can raise many questions and concerns.
I provide postpartum counseling to help ease the transition through the tender and vulnerable weeks and months following the birth. I assist you in finding your own groove and guide you in developing your own unique skills for parenting.
Postpartum counseling can be especially beneficial if you:
Have a history or family history of depression or mood related disorders.
Have a history of severe PMS
Have experienced a traumatic birth
Have lost a pregnancy or a child
Experience continuous sleep deprivation
Lack social, family or partner support
Experience relationship conflict with partner
History of trauma
Have undergone a challenging pregnancy
Integrating your new role as a mothe is one of the biggest threshholds a woman will cross in her lifetime. I provide a caring ear and an open heart, along with tools and coping strategies to assist you as you discover your own rthym as a parent.
If you have had a traumatic experience while in labor, giving birth or following your birth, I am here for you. I am here to listen to your story. I am here to help you move through your pain and come out the other end so you can be more present in your life, with your baby, with your partner and with yourself.
You may be re-experiencing the event by way of recurrent intrusive memories, flashbacks and nightmares. You may feel distressed, anxious or panicky when exposed to things which remind you of the birth.
Perhaps you avoid anything that reminds you of the birth.
Or you may also feel angry, irritable or feel hyper vigilant (jumpy or on guard).
If so, you are not alone. I am here to offer you presence, acknowledgement, support and guidance as you make your way through this painful experience.