PERINATAL AND REPRODUCTIVE MENTAL HEALTH

Supporting those who are pregnant, want to be pregnant, or are recovering after pregnancy. All versions of family are welcome and respected here.

 

NOT JUST POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

When most people think about the emotional impact of building a family, they often focus on the possible positive outcomes. While there is a growing awareness of postpartum depression, the full spectrum of challenges people may face while trying to conceive, during pregnancy, or after birth often goes unacknowledged.

For example, 1 in 3 women in the United States describe their birth experience as traumatic. If you are one of these women, you may find yourself avoiding thoughts about your birthing experience or, conversely, find that you can't think of much else. You may also notice strong emotional reactions to reminders of your birthing experience, or you may feel disconnected from yourself, your baby, or your family. Regardless of your health and the health of the baby following the birth, trauma can still impact you. 

Additionally, unique emotional challenges exist for those who have faced difficulty growing their family, as well as for those who have experienced loss along the way. 

Infertility, pregnancy loss, current or past trauma, lack of support, gender identity, and the makeup of your family are all factors that can impact how you experience this important period in your life. Regardless of where you may be on your journey, the physical and emotional demands of building a family can take a toll. The good news is that this difficult period does not have to last forever, and, with help, people can make a smooth recovery. 

Additional helpful resources are listed below. You can also click the “Get in Touch” button below to reach out and schedule a brief phone consultation with Dr. Rojas

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GETTING HELP

If you are concerned that you, or someone you love, may be struggling with a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, help is available. 

Dr. Rojas has completed training through Postpartum Support International to earn a certification in perinatal mental health (PMH-C). To schedule a phone consultation with Dr. Rojas to discuss your current needs, call or send an email by clicking the “Get in Touch” button below. 

There are also many other helpful resources available to you:

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A wonderful organization called Postpartum Support International runs a free (non-emergency) help line that can connect you to support groups and other resources in your area. You can reach this help line by calling 1-800-944-4773 or texting 503-894-9453.

In the South Bay area, Supporting Mamma's is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with perinatal anxiety and depression. They maintain a referral list of support groups and other therapists. 

Another organization, PATTCh, is dedicated to preventing and treating PTSD in childbirth. They have a host of wonderful resources here

 

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©2019 by Elsa Rojas PhD.