PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH
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WHAT CAUSES PPD/PPA?
Pregnancy, childbirth and parenting a young baby involve intense physiological changes that often leave our bodies and brains reeling. It takes time to adjust and it often takes a deliberate effort to return to equilibrium. Sleep, therapy, good nutrition, exercise, body work, time and sometimes medication, can all help to restore balance.
Internal and External Support
Being pregnant, giving birth and being a new parent are all times of great vulnerability and dependence. We are reliant on the kindness and care of others to survive. As we move through this reproductive phase of life, our shifting biology interacts with our established nervous system patterns in dynamic ways. Pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period thrust us into profound vulnerability and dependence which stirs up our raw fear. How well does our world meet that vulnerable state? Are we well supported, loved and safe? When our bodies are experiencing vulnerability from the inside - safety, stability and support from the outside world becomes crucial.
Does your culture understand just how much attention and care new moms and new parents need?
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 and a family's adjustment to baby.
Learning to trust yourself as a parent is an antidote to despair. We endeavor to guide new families toward a way of living and a depth of self-understanding that supports parenting with integrity and balance.