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Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
The therapists at PVD Psychological Associates specialize in working with women throughout their pregnancy and postpartum. We will assess for important shifts that may indicate postpartum depression and/or anxiety or, in the case of traumatic labor experiences, postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder. Together we can work on behavioral strategies to manage individuals’ mood, anxiety, disruptions in sleep, breastfeeding concerns, prioritizing self-care, and combatting isolation and loneliness that may come with being a new parent.
Postnatal Depression and Anxiety for Partners
Partner Postnatal Depression and Anxiety is often overlooked, but can manifest in much the same way as postpartum depression or anxiety for new mothers who were pregnant. There are many different ways to start a family, whether it be through IUI, IVF, using a donor egg, reciprocal IVF, fostering and adoption, or surrogacy, so we know that not every parent becomes one through pregnancy. We frequently work with new mothers who were not pregnant as well as fathers, and have a special interest in working with LGBTQIA couples on family planning. The clinicians at PVD Psychological Associates are aware of the many different ways to start a family, what they “look like,” and the unique challenges families may face while trying to get pregnant, undergoing prenatal care, and then the postpartum experience.
Postnatal Health Resources
High Functioning Depression as a New Mom – Interesting read on an often overlooked, but serious, problem
The Motherhood Center’s Blog – Blog on general postnatal issues
Postpartum Support International (PSI) – Great resource for information and support groups
The Warm Line at Women & Infants: 800-711-7011. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm for questions about postpartum health or breastfeeding
Local Classes and Lactation Support
Bellani Maternity offers many classes for new parents
Healthy Babies, Happy Moms also offers many classes for new moms as well as lactation and sleep consults
Outpatient Lactation Services are offered through the Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition