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Biology -- Pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood involve intense physiological changes that often leave a woman's body and brain reeling.  It takes time to adjust and return to equilibrium. Sleep, therapy, good nutrition, exercise, body work, time and sometimes medication restore balance.

Early trauma --  Like infancy, pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period are all times of great vulnerability and dependence on the kindness and care of others. Our nervous systems re-encounter the emotional tone of our childhood experience of vulnerability and dependence as we move through these reproductive phases of life. If a woman wasn't well nurtured and cared for when she was young, she will likely uncover deep, historic pain that shows up now as sadness, fear and longing.

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- Inadequate social support, returning to work too soon, trauma (from pregnancy, birth or earlier in life), and current life stressors -- like integrating other children, marital conflict, and health and financial challenges --  all play a significant part in a woman's adjustment to motherhood. 

Coming to understand what's causing a mother's pain can help new mamas learn to trust themselves as mothers and bond with their babies.Together we create a way of living and a depth of understanding that supports moms and dads so that they can parent with integrity and balance.

Mothering is the heart of our humanity.

Every parent deserves support!  With support we can thrive. 

Becoming parents opens up our most primal and ancient implicit memories.  During this phase of life we are offered a unique opportunity to examine the messages and wounding from our pasts and to access areas of our brains and hearts that allow for very deep healing.  With awareness and humility, we can become strong, confident, loving humans who are able to build secure attachment relationships with our loved ones.

At Family Tree Wellness we believe every human being has a wealth of internal resources located in their own body and spirit. We are here to inspire and nurture meaningful growth for you and your family. We offer psychotherapy, classes, workshops and support groups as well as weekly gatherings designed to create a community that supports new parents.

do I have postpartum depression or anxiety?

what causes postpartum depression and anxiety?

Depression and Anxiety are the #1 complication of pregnancy and postpartum. Left untreated, these states can become serious over time, affecting both mama, her baby, her family and ultimately humanity. The good news is - depression and anxiety are treatable and with proper care and support you will recover and find greater peace and ease in mothering. Shame, guilt and misunderstanding often create unnecessary burdens around the pain of perinatal mental health. It’s important to listen to your instincts and trust yourself if you feel like something is not right. This experience will not last forever and getting treatment does help.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions please seek support from a therapist or doctor:

Are you feeling sad or depressed?
Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
Do you feel anxious or panicky?
Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?

You deserve care! This painful period in your life can serve as an opening to immense healing and transformation. Please reach out for help. You are not alone.

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