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    Perinatal (pregnancy) and postpartum mental health (PMADs)

    For new moms, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about motherhood that don’t seem “right.”

    For some women, talking to a therapist who specializes in dealing with motherhood issues can be comforting, relieving and enlightening.

    Therapists who have extensive education and training in post-partum disorders understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, cultural and identity concerns, and social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating postpartum symptoms.

    ​Dr. Houdek is certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) and enjoys working with future, soon-to-be, new and seasoned mothers. Adoptive parents, dads, partners and non-traditional family constellations are welcomed at EECS!

    Common postpartum symptoms include:

    • Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you should have become a mother in the first place
    • Feeling guilty due to high self-expectations
    • Not feeling “bonded” with the baby
    • Your thoughts are racing and you can’t quiet your mind
    • Intrusive thoughts or worries about your baby’s safety and/or health
    • Feeling empty and numb as if you’re just going through the motions
    • Lack of focus and concentration
    • Being afraid that if you reach out for help, others will judge your inabilities
    • Thoughts of running away or leaving your baby behind
    • Being constantly in a state of worry

     

    If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.