PREGNANCY and POSTPARTUM
Everyone benefits when pregnant and postpartum birthing people and partners are prioritized
Choosing a perinatal mental health provider who is certified in addressing the unique challenges of pregnancy and postpartum is crucial for the well-being of individuals and families navigating this transformative period. Perinatal mental health certification signifies specialized training and expertise in supporting individuals through the emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy, loss, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
Certified perinatal mental health providers are equipped with a deep understanding of the multifaceted issues that can arise during this time, including the emotional toll of body changes, financial concerns, loss, anxiety, anger, fear of labor and delivery, identity shifts, complications, pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, chest-feeding challenges, lack of sleep, and intrusive thoughts. Their certification ensures a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding perinatal mental health, allowing them to provide effective therapeutic support tailored to the unique needs of their clients.
The importance of therapeutic support during the perinatal period cannot be overstated. Pregnancy and postpartum bring a range of emotions and challenges, and having a certified mental health provider ensures that individuals receive evidence-based interventions and compassionate care. Therapeutic support not only addresses immediate concerns but also plays a crucial role in identifying and treating Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), which affect a significant proportion of birthing individuals and their partners. 1 in 3 Black women and 1 in 5 White women will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. 1 in 6 couples will experience infertility, which is often an under supported and invisible grief.
For men and partners, who may often be overlooked in discussions surrounding perinatal mental health, the statistics highlight the importance of seeking support. Postpartum Depression can affect 1 in 10 partners, emphasizing the need for inclusive care that considers the mental health of all individuals involved in the perinatal journey. Partners may also experience trauma and ptsd as they witness a partner's near death experience. Partners and adoptive parents need adequate support.
It's essential for individuals experiencing perinatal mental health challenges to understand that they are not alone and that help is available. Connecting with a certified perinatal mental health provider ensures access to specialized care that is tailored to the unique needs of the perinatal period, fostering emotional well-being and supporting the journey to parenthood.