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Perinatal Health
From trying to conceive, to pregnancy, to parenthood

Have you ever been told that pregnancy and motherhood would be the best experiences of your life? That you'd have a special "glow" while pregnant or that you'd instantly fall in love with your baby? That pregnancy and motherhood would be all laughter, fun and joy? That your delivery would be a "magical" or "spiritual" experience? If this has not been the case for you, then you are not alone! Since pregnancy, delivery, postpartum and motherhood are often romanticized in our culture, we don't frequently hear the realities of these experiences from real women. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that 1 in 3 women experience a traumatic delivery, also known as birth trauma, while 1 in 4 women will develop a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, also known as a PMAD (pronounced pee-mad). The pandemic has made those numbers climb. And, in America, you're lucky if you get more than 12 weeks of parental leave to physically, mentally and emotionally heal and bond with your baby.

 

Fortunately, birth trauma and PMADs are highly treatable. There is hope and I am here to help. I take a nonjudgmental, warm and empathic approach to helping birthing parents understand what's getting in the way of feeling like a good enough parent, working through these obstacles together, and identifying what kind of parent you want to be for your child or children. Choosing to engage in therapy during pregnancy or as a new parent may be one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child. My goal is for you to leave therapy feeling not only bonded to your baby, but also ready to take on the challenges of their many milestones to come.

Listen to Dr. Stephanie Simon discuss the emotional experiences of NICU parents and tailored treatment interventions:

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