Postpartum And Perinatal Mental Health

At Collaborative Counseling we have therapists who specialize in working with new parents who are struggling either during or after pregnancy with Perinatal or Postpartum Depression, Anxiety or Posttraumatic Stress.

Being pregnant and having a new baby can be a very fun and exciting life phase; however, many people underestimate the frequency that parents struggle with depression or anxiety during these times. Perinatal and Postpartum mental health issues are more probably common that you think.

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Here are some statistics:
  • Postpartum depression or anxiety is the most common side effect of childbirth.
  • Research indicates that 1 in 7 mothers experiences serious depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum.
  • Suicide is one of the three leading causes of maternal death.
  • Mothers are not the only ones at risk. 1 out of 10 fathers experiences depression after the birth of a child.
  • 1-2 out of 1,000 mothers will have postpartum psychosis.

Risk Factor Checklist

Please read through the risk factor checklist below.

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* If you answered yes to 3 or more boxes, you are more likely to experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. Reach out to for help to learn ways to develop skills and reduce your risk.

Ways Counseling Can Help:

Perinatal and postpartum mood disorders are common and are often very treatable. Many new parents may be reluctant to seek help due to the social stigma associated with having a mental health condition, feelings of failure, or fear that they may lose their baby. We are here to let you know that you are not alone. For many new moms and dads, being a new parent can be a difficult transition.

Collaborative Counseling’s therapists can help you develop a new perspective and the skills to manage anxiety or depression in several ways, including:

  • Educating you on the various mood disorders common before and after pregnancy
  • Teaching you coping skills to manage the demands of motherhood
  • Empowering you to identify and challenge negative or self-defeating thought processes
  • Helping you to explore any issues other than new motherhood including: childhood trauma or abuse, pre-existing mental health concerns, relationship problems or job stress
  • Helping you in developing social support systems
  • Supporting you in establishing healthy lifestyle habits (such as regular sleep) and developing the support structure necessary to create these habits

We Can Help

Counseling involves a collaborative process where you work with a trained professional who will support you in resolving personal conflicts and emotional difficulties. Common concerns focused on in Postpartum and Perinatal Mental Health counseling include:

For more information about support in the Twin Cities on Perinatal or Postpartum mental health issues,
visit: http://www.ppsupportmn.org

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