Traditionally, childbirth and the arrival of a new baby is viewed by society as a joyful event, a time for celebration and fulfillment. The private experience of childbirth and caring for a newborn is often in stark contrast to this idealised image, therefore it is not surprising that a considerable number of women experience low mood and emotional liability, even if it is not your first child.
Mothers are faced with new sets of demands that a baby brings including sleepless nights, trying to understand what your baby wants and needs when they cry, changes to routine, and loss of old roles including careers and relationships. Other stresses in life such as financial difficulties, social isolation, low support, relationship breakdown or an unexpected difficult birth can also impact on dealing with the demands of a new baby. This emotional upheaval can lead to a depressive experience of varying degrees, however, if a disturbance in mood and coping has gone on longer for two weeks, this may be an indication to seek help.
A perinatal psychologist offers support and therapy to parents and their children during pregnancy and in the first years of life (aged between 0 and 2 years).
Areas where talking to a psychologist specialising in perinatal health can help are:
- Preparing for parenthood
- Parent stress or anxiety
- Birthing fears
- Pregnancy trauma or loss
- Postnatal depression
- Parent-infant bonding problems
- Baby sleep and settling routines
- Intimacy or relationship problems during transition to parenthood
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