Perinatal Mental Health for Pregnancy & Postpartum, including Postpartum Mood Disorders (PMADs)

Having a baby and growing your family is a time of huge changes. Some short-term mood change or "the baby blues" is experienced by about 80% of new parents in the first couple weeks after birth and often resolved on their own when hormone levels have evened out. However, 1 in 5 women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety postpartum. 1 in 10 dads or partners become depressed during the first year. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover. Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are actually several forms of illness that parents may experience.

Postpartum and antepartum depression are temporary and treatable with professional help. If you feel you may be suffering from one of these illnesses, know that it is not your fault and you are not to blame.


Every perinatal mood disorder, no matter how strong the symptoms are, is temporary and treatable!


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“1 in 5 Moms and 1 in 10 Dads suffer from postpartum depression… Every perinatal mood disorder, no matter how strong the symptoms are, is temporary and treatable!”  - Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Therapy has been shown to help pregnant people and new parents to reduce stress and recover from PMADs. Parents of every identity, culture, age, gender, income level and race can develop perinatal mental health disorders. Many peoples birth experiences are as unique as they themselves! Some unique needs that may arise that our qualified and trained mental health professionals can help support include:


  • PMADs (Postpartum Mood Disorders: including Postpartum Depression & Anxiety)
  • Traumatic Birth Experiences
  • Pregnancy-Related Stress
  • Infertility & Pregnancy Loss
  • LGTBQIA+ Parents
  • Birth plans & Labor coping techniques
  • Transitioning Home with newborn
  • Support related to adoption, surrogacy, and lactation challenges


There are many resources for support postpartum. If you need someone to talk to now, reach out to Postpartum Support International! They are one of the best, international resources for immediate support with a crisis hotline available, as well as many support groups to connect with others and build community.



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