Emotional Health During the Childbearing Year/Perinatal Mood Disorders & Postpartum Depression
A common manifestation of a perinatal mood disorder is anxiety about your baby’s wellbeing. You are working hard to be a good parent and are biologically wired to be attentive and even vigilant to your baby’s needs. When mood disorders sink in, however, this vigilance often gets excessive, and your worries escalate and you experience uncomfortable anxiety. We know that sometimes anxiety comes from ‘nowhere’ or from real circumstances, such as a baby who was premature or spent time in special care.
Whether this is your first time seeking counseling or emotional health services or you are seeking a practitioner who is informed and sensitive about your needs in the childbearing year, we have staff psychiatrists who will create a safe and compassionate environment for you. They can see you at our Ravenswood offices or in your home. Individual, Couples & Family sessions are available.
If you would like to meet Dr. Brumfield, our staff psychiatrist, to explore her as your managing physician, she is available to accept new patients. If you have your own team, Dr. Brumfield can still be a meaningful resource for you. Because we believe that medical management is only part of the care plan that will help you find wellness and balance again, Dr. Brumfield encourages you to make an appointment with Lisa Levens, a Birthways counselor, or your own counselor before making an appointment with her. The collaboration between your counselor/psychologist and your physician provides you with the most effective and efficient model of care.
Family Education Sessions
When a loved one is experiencing a perinatal mood disorder, this can be a confusing and overwhelming time for everyone. Partners and family members need compassionate support and accurate information about the disorder, its impact, and the trajectory for recovery. Just as you prepared for childbirth together, couples need guidance and information about what to expect, treatment options, and support needs during this time. In a family education session, a skilled mental health professional will take the time to explain common signs/symptoms, treatment options including integrative wellness approaches, and can answer questions to put everyone at greater ease. Sessions are available in our Ravenswood offices or in your home. Call 888.506.0607 x713.
Support and Preparation
To explore private, customized childbirth preparation, labor support, or postpartum doula support if you are at risk for or experiencing anxiety, depression or other mood disorders, call or email Karen Laing.