Perinatal Health and Wellness Treatment Options
Do any of these reactions feel familiar?
- "I just don't feel like myself"
- Are you feeling totally overwhelmed?
- Do you spend significant periods of time crying?
- Are you feeling excessively guilty, anxious or unable to enjoy life as you used to?
- Are you and your partner having trouble adjusting to your new family changes?
- Are you struggling to feel attached to your baby?
- Are you finding aspects of your birth experience difficult to recover from?
Many people know that depression can happen after the birth of a baby, but it can occur during prenancy, too. Postpartum, it is common sometimes, to feel tired, sad, anxious and angry which is often call the "baby blues".
If your feelings don't improve with rest and family help within usually 2 weeks, you might be suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety.
Postpartum depression or anxiety can begin at the time of birth or up to one year after the birth of your baby.
About 1 in 8 women suffer some depression at some point in their lives, with occurrences peaking in their childbearing years.
As many as 24 percent of women experience clinical depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy.
Positive Outcomes of Treatment
It is well documented that a mother's emotional state directly impacts her developing baby's brain and physical development. The more that is known about infant development and attachment processes in the early months of life, the clearer it becomes that women struggling during this time should be a priority for intervention and support.
Treatment during this time has been highly successful and proven to have a profound impact on the mother's health, her developing baby, her personal relationships and the entire family.
Treatment options include:
- Individual Psychotherapy Evaluation
- Couples Therapy
- Clinical and Peer Support Groups
- Medication Management
- Infant-parent attachment work
About the Perinatal Health and Wellness Program
The Perinatal Health and Wellness Program is an interdepartmental program utilizing the expertise of doctors and specialists from a wide array of departments from within California Pacific Medical Center, a member of the Sutter Health Network.
The Pilot Program is funded by a grant from an anonymous donor through the CPMC Philanthopic Fund.
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