In the days and weeks following birth, perinatal and postnatal depression will take hold of 15-20% of all new mothers. It is related to the dramatic shifts in hormones that occur in a woman’s body throughout the course of their pregnancy, and can result in nervousness, irritability, and anxiety punctuating the early days of your child’s life. This is common – but if it continues, you could well be suffering unduly, and be in need of perinatal counselling.
At From2to3, we take a measured approach to all of our clients. We know the tumultuous nature of life when you bring someone new in to the world, and we can help to ensure that your home is one filled with love and a warm, caring light.
Risk factors for the development of postpartum depression are numerous. They include a history of depression during, or prior to, your pregnancy. Anxiety or traumatic events during the pregnancy can contribute further, along with inadequate amounts of social or partner support.
The importance of perinatal counselling, and the treatment of postnatal depression, cannot be overstated. This necessity has recently been brought forth in clinical research, due to its impacts upon the health of the mother-child attachment and the development of the child, and the same studies considered a variety of treatment methods.
Apart from strong support networks, a variety of therapy methods have been lauded for their effectiveness – especially as, for many new parents, the thought of taking antidepressants while breastfeeding can be alarming. These treatments include interpersonal therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. With a guiding hand, and some patience, From2to3 lets you conquer your PPD – and transition in to your busy new life with gusto.
At From2to3, you are encouraged to contact us if you are experiencing difficulty coping with depression in the wake of the birth of your child. We offer a variety of perinatal counselling services, and we can help you to cope and move forward. Book an appointment today.
Ginny Lindsay is a Sydney based relationship counsellor and psychotherapist who supports individuals and couples moving from pregnancy into parenthood. With 40% of divorces happening during pregnancy or in the first 3 years of a child’s life, Ginny established From 2 to 3 to offer support early before a relationship breaks down.