The transition into parenthood can bring many joys and challenges. Amanda has a specialty in prenatal and postpartum mental health, infertility, loss, depression and anxiety.
The wish to have a baby can be a powerful driving force in a man or woman’s life. Struggles with fertility can lead to depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, isolation, and physical symptoms. A vicious cycle begins: fertility struggles increase depression and anxiety, and depression and anxiety have been linked to decreased fertility. Therapy can ease and address these issues.
Preparing for parenthood is also a large task. Women and couples with a history of anxiety, depression, difficulty making major life adjustments, relational conflicts, loss and grief may also seek out therapy as they prepare to become parents.
Postpartum depression is the most common pregnancy complication. When the joy of motherhood is replaced by feelings of sadness, fear, hopelessness and anxiety both mother and baby are at risk. Postpartum depression can interfere with a mother’s ability to take care of and connect with her baby. Amanda has received post-graduate training to diagnose and treat postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.
And finally, the journey to parenthood can also involve grief and loss. Miscarriage, still birth, and other complications bring a profound form of heartache.