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Maternal Mental Health

Here at Coast Family, we specialize in all things related to becoming parents.


The beginning stages of your fertility journey:

  • The “trying to get pregnant” stage

  • Managing stressors, pressure, stops and starts, unfulfilled hopes, messy or uncomfortable and loss-filled beginnings

  • Build effective coping responses, learn to tell your story (even if just to yourself!), boundary-setting with others

  • Keeping life large and meaningful throughout the process

  • Space to grieve, reimagine, and experience compassion

  • Discuss losses if they occur or have occurred for any reason: miscarriage, terminating for medical reasons, abortion, molar or other unviable pregnancies, stillbirth

 

The transitions experienced during pregnancy:

  • "Matrescence": the physical, hormonal, emotional, and social transition to becoming a mother 

  • Relationship to partner

  • Relationship to extended family

  • Relationship to self

  • Relationship to body 

  • Life transitions 

  • Possibly unprocessed resurfacing trauma

  • Generational trauma discussions

  • Challenge and change unworkable and outdated beliefs about yourself, parenting, your body, partnership, and the potential birthing experience.

  • Receive objective symptom questionnaires to track mood stability 

  • Relationship to other children in home as well as preparing them and yourself for upcoming changes  

Preparing for and giving birth:

  • Discuss feelings about birth

  • Process your birth afterward

  • Expectations vs reality

  • Developing a birth plan that is about how you show up to the moment and less about predicting what will happen

  • Receive and practice specific coping skills for pain, pain tolerance, and significant mental discomfort associated with the birthing process in order to increase resilience and reduce anxiety and dysregulated experiences 

  • Discuss boundary-setting and conversation checklist with medical providers 

 

The postpartum period:

  • "Matrescence" in postpartum: when your mothering voice and being goes “live”

  • Your breastfeeding journey

  • What to look out for that could could be signals that you need support for:

    • Postpartum Anxiety

    • Postpartum Depression

    • Postpartum OCD

  • Receive objective symptom questionnaire to track mood stability

  • Safe place to express vulnerable emotions/navigating life changes

  • Problem-solve: daily tasks, asking for help to meet your needs, giving yourself compassion while remaining accountable, deciding what to let go of and clarifying what’s important and why

  • Connecting with your new baby

  • Understanding the new and constantly unfolding dynamic between you and partner and other children

If you are struggling with any maternal mental health-related struggles, please reach out for a free consult to see how we can help. We are here for you.

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