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The Postpartum Experience

NEW MOTHERS GROUP FORMING!

A group where new mothers and their babies (up to a year postpartum) can come together and share their experiences in a supportive environment

During this group, mothers will learn about the emotional changes that may happen after having their baby (including an understanding of baby blues and postpartum depression), self care, discuss the highs and lows of parenting, and to develop supportive connections with other new mothers.  

These groups run for 60 minutes, once a week. Please call or email to enquire about new groups.

The Postpartum Experience

The postpartum experience brings many new experiences to new mother's and their partners. Sometimes, the feelings you have after having your baby may surprise you. Sometimes, the feelings and thoughts you have may be overwhelming, leaving you feeling as though you cannot care for yourself or your baby. 

Experiencing various up's and down's in the postpartum period is quite common, especially in the first few weeks as you adjust to having your baby home with you.

However, if you find yourself experiencing upsetting feelings for more than two weeks or feel that you cannot function because of them, you should speak with your doctor or call my office as soon as possible. Some of these upsetting feelings might include: 
 

  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Helplessness
  • Worthlessness
  • Low self-esteem and loss of confidence
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Inability to laugh
  • Doubtfulness
  • Mood swings
  • Overwhelm
  • Crying
  • Exhaustion
  • Tension
  • Isolation
  • Poor self care
  • Inability to make decisions
Some things you can do to help yourself: 
  • Ask for help from family and friends. They will be happy to help you! 
  • Remember to eat at least three healthy meals every day. It might also help to have some pre-prepared healthy snacks available for you to grab when you are feeling rushed (example, apples and peanut butter, baby carrots with a dip, trail mix, yogurt etc). 
  • Take time for yourself, when you can. Do something that makes you feel good, for example, spend time with friends, watch a movie, have a bubble bath, go out and get some fresh air. 
  • Try and get a little exercise - go for a walk with your baby, if you can. 
  • Rest when you can - try sleeping when the baby is sleeping (that laundry or housework can wait!)


If you experience any of the following three symptoms, please seek help immediately by calling your doctor, 911, or going to your nearest hospital: 

  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby
  • Strange visions
  • Scary fantasies

I specialize in treating new mother's who might be struggling with upsetting thoughts and feelings after having a baby. I have completed certification training for this through the Postpartum Stress Center and I am a member of San Diego’s Postpartum Health Alliance.

I warmly invite you to call me if you have any questions or would like to learn more. 

Postpartum Stress Center Certificate


 

 

Helpful Forms

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