Perinatal Mental Health
What is Perinatal Mental Health?
Women and families face a variety of challenges during childbearing years. Sometimes these challenges may include emotional pain and suffering. Please read below for more information and contact us for further help.
We help women with:
Pregnancy, Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the number one complication of pregnancy. While postpartum depression remains the most frequently diagnosed perinatal condition, there are also other conditions that can occur during this time.
Below is a list of symptoms can occur both during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
These conditions are common and very treatable! You do not need to suffer alone. Specialists at The Monarch Center are available to help.
Pregnancy Loss & Infant Loss
Depression after pregnancy or infant loss is not only understandable, it is also treatable.
Unfortunately, you may feel that you are left to suffer alone. Although we expect there to be some stage of “normal grief”, most friends and family may be eager for you to quickly return to your “normal” state, thereby dismissing the depth of your pain. This can leave you feeling misunderstood and drive you further into isolation. This set of circumstances can create the opportunity for depression to emerge.
You do not need to suffer.
Finding the right counselor can make all the difference.
When someone struggles with conceiving a child, feelings of sadness, loss and grief are common and expected. But what if your pain and heartache don’t go away with time?
It is normal, and even healthy, to feel down or sad once in awhile, but when these feelings begin to disrupt your life it may be time to seek help. Fertility struggles can be heartbreaking. Going through testing and treatment can be a roller coaster of its own. And the hurtful, albeit well-intentioned, comments from others make the experience even more isolating.
It is certainly normal to experience sadness and even anger at times. But if your sad feelings are affecting your life more than you would like, you can get help.
The Monarch Center has two therapists who are intensively trained in Perinatal Mental Health. Our top priority is making you feel comfortable and supported. Therapy may involve an initial assessment, cognitive behavior therapy, education, and family support.
Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling
Women's bodies undergo significant changes during this time of life and it can be difficult to navigate all the conflicting information regarding safe and healthy behaviors. Our team is highly trained in the safest and most evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle options for pregnancy, fertility, and breastfeeding.
Did you know that many psychiatric medications can be safely taken during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Our psychiatric medication providers are trained in the most recent research regarding safe medications. You can be comforted knowing your provider is making your health and the health of your baby a top priority.