The time before, during, and after pregnancy can be filled with a lot of excitement and joy, but is also a period of enormous vulnerability for mothers and babies (and other family members, too, of course).
Many of us feel uncomfortable admitting to or talking about issues such as:
- Anxiety about becoming a parent before the baby arrives
- Struggling to meet the expectations set for ourselves and our partners
- Who to ask–and trust–regarding parenting advice
- Difficulty feeling connected to our baby or reading his or her cues – perhaps due to postpartum depression or anxiety, or a difficult or traumatic birth experience
- Conflicted feelings about what it means to be a parent
- Helping a baby who is hard to soothe or has trouble with feeding or sleep
- Wondering if your child’s development is on track and if certain behaviors are “normal”
- Coping with frustrating toddler behaviors
- Uncertainty about how to provide appropriate discipline
Whether working individually, as a dyad, or as a family – therapy can offer a safe space to discuss complex feelings about parenting, learn about your child’s unique development, and explore what you bring to each interaction with your infant.