Reproductive and Maternal Mental Health

Amanda works with clients dealing with concerns related to (use links below to learn more): 

Having a baby is often a joyous and exciting time; however, it can also be a time of tremendous stress.  You are most certainly not alone if your experience with pregnancy or motherhood has not gone according to plan.  Did you know:

  • 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or struggle with infertility and 15% of all couples will seek medical assistance in getting pregnant
  • 1 in 4 recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage
  • Between 5 and 10 percent of all pregnancies will be medically complicated or considered high risk
  • About 12% of all babies are born preterm and 1 in 8 babies will have to spend some amount of time in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit)
  • 1 in 7 women will experience postpartum depression or anxiety.  Fifty percent of all women will experience a significant period of postpartum adjustment.

You may feel a loss of control over your body and struggle with fears and self-doubt.  You may be surprised to find that you are very sad or irritable after having your baby.  You may feel as though no one can relate and that no one understand what you are going through.  Sometimes these feelings are overwhelming.

Many women are hesitant to speak out about issues and concerns that are experienced when trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and after a baby has been born.  Feelings of embarrassment, shame, and inadequacy often prevent individuals and couples from reaching out for support.  The good news is that most people who seek therapy feel relief in having an outlet to express these feelings and often find validation and encouragement through the therapeutic process.