Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder Support
A Moms Space, in collaboration with Mama Bird Wellness is dedicated to supporting pregnant and postpartum women through their experiences with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. A compassionate, listening ear, a holistic approach rooted in counseling and mindfulness practices, and a personal understanding of the dynamics of postpartum depression and anxiety await.
The extreme picture painted by the media misleads us in thinking postpartum depression is only when we want to hurt ourselves or our children. Yes, it can be that, but it is absolutely not limited to that. Every person’s experience is unique and deserves attention, support and understanding.
As many as 1 in 5 women will find symptoms of depression, anxiety or a similar mental health challenge arise during pregnancy or during the first year postpartum. Many moms face these disorders without treatment because they are unsure if what they are experiencing is considered “normal”, they might be faced with feelings of fear, doubt, or shame, or they may be afraid to ask for help for fear of being labeled as a “bad mother”.
There is no need to suffer alone. There is support. There is hope. You will be well again.
What are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders?
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) are a set of disorders that can occur anytime during pregnancy and in the first year postpartum. They include postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, panic, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and postpartum psychosis. 15-20% of women will develop one of these complications during pregnancy or after childbirth. Over 800,000 cases are reported in the US each year, making PMAD the most common maternal health complication.
Symptoms can include:
- frequent crying
- sleep disturbances
- appetite changes
- feelings of loneliness, sadness, helplessness
- frequent mood swings
- repetitive, sometimes scary thoughts that won’t go away
- anger, frustration, irritability
- difficulty bonding with the baby
- anxiety, panic, excessive worry
- feelings of being trapped
- fear of being left alone with baby
- sense of doom
- lack of interest in life
- feeling sluggish, fatigued, exhausted
- feeling overwhelmed
- feeling speeded up or wired
- thoughts of hurting yourself or those around you
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, rest assured, you are not alone, this is not your fault, and with support, you will get better. Please contact me so we can get to the bottom of how you are feeling and partner together on your journey to wellness.
Mama Bird Wellness offers one-on-one support in the form of psychotherapy, group support through our Beyond Baby Blues: Postpartum Support Group that is held right here at A Moms Space every Tuesday from 930-1030am, as well as integrative yoga and mindfulness therapy sessions built to support you mentally and physically through your postpartum journey.
Call Jessica at 303-835-3552
Visit her Website: www.mamabirdwellness.com