What is Perinatal Mental Health?
3-C Family Services offers skilled clinical support to individuals who are trying to conceive, pregnant, experiencing pregnancy loss, or adjusting to a new parenting role. The term “postpartum depression” is often used, but there are several forms of mental health needs known as Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD). Our clinicians are trained to assess, diagnose, and support individuals experiencing pregnancy and postpartum depression, anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Bipolar Mood Disorders.
Do I need help?
The following thoughts and feelings are often reported by individuals who are in the process of becoming pregnant, experiencing a pregnancy loss, anticipating delivery, or adjusting to life in the first year after pregnancy:
- Feeling sad or depressed
- Feeling more irritable or angry with those around you
- Having difficulty bonding with baby
- Feeling anxious or panicky
- Having problems eating or sleeping
- Having upsetting thoughts you can’t get out of your mind
- Feeling out of control
- Worrying about hurting baby or self
- Feeling powerless
- Guilt for not living up to your or others’ expectations
- Loss of identity
Pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders occur in one in seven women, and it is important to remember that you are not alone in your symptoms, you are not to blame for these symptoms, and with help, you can feel more like yourself.
How can we help?
3-C clinicians have completed intensive training through Postpartum Support International (PSI), including the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care training as well as the Advanced Perinatal Psychotherapy course. Our providers are parents themselves, with lived experience navigating PMADs. We offer our skills and knowledge in a safe, nonjudgmental space.