It's often not easy to become a parent, and often not easy to navigate the parenting journey. At least 20% of women are affected by anxiety, depression or both during pregnancy and/or after birth. Partners can also experience distress, and most parents find sleep is altered.
I have personal and professional experience in how emotionally taxing the maternal journey can be- including unexpected birth outcomes, infertility, and baby loss. Because of these experiences I decided to bridge from nursing/midwifery to counselling, taking on a placement with my local DHB Perinatal Mental Health Service, and later specialising in perinatal (around pregnancy, birth and parenting) counselling, health assessment and wellbeing support.
I offer you care, compassion, commitment and a passion to work with you and your family/whaanau in ways that are meaningful and helpful to find ways forward. Support for you/your family wellbeing during pregnancy, birthing and post natal periods could include support with:
· Antenatal and postnatal anxiety and distress
· Birth trauma
· Parenting adjustment and attachment
· Relationship support
· Grief and loss, especially around infertility, preterm or baby loss
· Self Care, well-being assessment and mindfulness.
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill
"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed".– Linda Wooten
More resources about perinatal mental health can be found at Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa (PADA).