Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Melodie Del Rio
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94122
I work with adults (individual and couple's therapy), children, and adolescents. Special interests include: life transitions, relationship problems, loss and grief (including pregnancy loss), stress and anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, children/ adolescents and identity.
I work with adults (individual and couple's therapy), children, and adolescents. Special interests include: life transitions, relationship problems, loss and grief (including pregnancy loss), stress and anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, children/ adolescents and identity.
(415) 390-5620 View (415) 390-5620
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Shameless Mama Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
With a certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) and expertise in treating reproductive trauma, I provide specialized care.
Do you worry that you're not being the best mom you can be? Do you struggle with thoughts that scare you - thoughts that you try to keep hidden from others? By sitting still, you may feel more isolated and disconnected, missing opportunities to connect with your baby. Allowing shame to take hold might prevent you from taking steps toward wellness. This is a transition that you can navigate successfully with a little guidance. Investing in wellness ensures you don't miss the opportunity to enjoy this time with your baby. If you reach out, you can feel more connected and supported. This is where you start, not where you finish.
With a certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) and expertise in treating reproductive trauma, I provide specialized care.
Do you worry that you're not being the best mom you can be? Do you struggle with thoughts that scare you - thoughts that you try to keep hidden from others? By sitting still, you may feel more isolated and disconnected, missing opportunities to connect with your baby. Allowing shame to take hold might prevent you from taking steps toward wellness. This is a transition that you can navigate successfully with a little guidance. Investing in wellness ensures you don't miss the opportunity to enjoy this time with your baby. If you reach out, you can feel more connected and supported. This is where you start, not where you finish.
(415) 498-1650 View (415) 498-1650
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Sarina Castro
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
2) working with all women's issues, such as body image, sense of self, pregnancy and post-partum adjustment, perinatal mood concerns, identity shifts in motherhood, mid-life hormonal changes.
My approach to my work with clients is warm and engaging, honest and straightforward. Together we can explore the areas of your life that you have concerns about so that we can identify and understand what is getting in your way. We will work collaboratively in a non-judgmental atmosphere that is individually tailored to your needs. Engaging in a focused and thoughtful therapy process can help you gain clarity about yourself and your relationships, develop new emotional skills and capacities, and overall cultivate a more fulfilling life.
2) working with all women's issues, such as body image, sense of self, pregnancy and post-partum adjustment, perinatal mood concerns, identity shifts in motherhood, mid-life hormonal changes.
My approach to my work with clients is warm and engaging, honest and straightforward. Together we can explore the areas of your life that you have concerns about so that we can identify and understand what is getting in your way. We will work collaboratively in a non-judgmental atmosphere that is individually tailored to your needs. Engaging in a focused and thoughtful therapy process can help you gain clarity about yourself and your relationships, develop new emotional skills and capacities, and overall cultivate a more fulfilling life.
(415) 594-5290 View (415) 594-5290
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Denise Vite
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
I specialize in women's mental health, prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety and relationship issues.
I believe that we all have a deep longing to feel heard and understood. Having the right therapist to guide you through the vulnerable process of sharing your story is an important step to finding the path to healing. My approach is collaborative, compassionate, and centered on meeting your individual needs. Building a strong therapeutic alliance between therapist and client tends to facilitate greater change for a person. It is important to me to continually assess our fit and make sure I support you in a way that is helping you make positive changes in your life.
I specialize in women's mental health, prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety and relationship issues.
I believe that we all have a deep longing to feel heard and understood. Having the right therapist to guide you through the vulnerable process of sharing your story is an important step to finding the path to healing. My approach is collaborative, compassionate, and centered on meeting your individual needs. Building a strong therapeutic alliance between therapist and client tends to facilitate greater change for a person. It is important to me to continually assess our fit and make sure I support you in a way that is helping you make positive changes in your life.
(415) 942-0463 View (415) 942-0463
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Jennifer Chance
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94122  (Online Only)
Some specific areas of interest are all issues related to fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and postpartum transitions, grief, and working with Highly Sensitive People.
Starting therapy is a tremendous gesture of hope and self-love. It can also be scary or daunting to know where to begin. Whatever is bringing you to therapy right now- a break up, a loss, the overwhelm of being highly sensitive, the gut wrenching challenges of fertility struggles, the anticipation and transitions of pregnancy- will be explored with openness, curiosity and acceptance. We all struggle in life and are not meant to do it alone. Things really do get easier when we share what is hard with others.
Some specific areas of interest are all issues related to fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and postpartum transitions, grief, and working with Highly Sensitive People.
Starting therapy is a tremendous gesture of hope and self-love. It can also be scary or daunting to know where to begin. Whatever is bringing you to therapy right now- a break up, a loss, the overwhelm of being highly sensitive, the gut wrenching challenges of fertility struggles, the anticipation and transitions of pregnancy- will be explored with openness, curiosity and acceptance. We all struggle in life and are not meant to do it alone. Things really do get easier when we share what is hard with others.
(415) 687-3567 View (415) 687-3567
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Michelle Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
Pregnancy, TTC, birth and the postpartum period can be exciting and exhilarating, but they can also come with challenges, fears, worries, anxiety, depression, stress. If you have found your way to my profile, you may be experiencing some challenges, and looking for help is a great first step! I provide a non-judgemental "soft landing" and the opportunity to work together to support your journey to motherhood (including fertility issues, pregnancy loss, pregnancy termination, ambivalence, joy, fear). I support all kinds of family constellations, gender identities, and cultural experiences.
Pregnancy, TTC, birth and the postpartum period can be exciting and exhilarating, but they can also come with challenges, fears, worries, anxiety, depression, stress. If you have found your way to my profile, you may be experiencing some challenges, and looking for help is a great first step! I provide a non-judgemental "soft landing" and the opportunity to work together to support your journey to motherhood (including fertility issues, pregnancy loss, pregnancy termination, ambivalence, joy, fear). I support all kinds of family constellations, gender identities, and cultural experiences.
(415) 335-7763 View (415) 335-7763
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Jane Walter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
Let's face it, talking about sex can be uncomfortable but sexual concerns are actually common. As a compassionate, competent sex therapist, I can help you with: Problems with sexual desire, Wanting to experience orgasm, Erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, Painful intercourse, Sexual behaviors that are troubling to you, Rekindling sex after pregnancy/childbirth, Overcoming relationship and sexual problems associated with infertility and its treatment, Processing trauma and thriving after negative sexual experiences, Working through affairs, Sexual desire discrepancy concerns, Support in polyamorous relationships
Let's face it, talking about sex can be uncomfortable but sexual concerns are actually common. As a compassionate, competent sex therapist, I can help you with: Problems with sexual desire, Wanting to experience orgasm, Erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, Painful intercourse, Sexual behaviors that are troubling to you, Rekindling sex after pregnancy/childbirth, Overcoming relationship and sexual problems associated with infertility and its treatment, Processing trauma and thriving after negative sexual experiences, Working through affairs, Sexual desire discrepancy concerns, Support in polyamorous relationships
(415) 813-5197 View (415) 813-5197
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Alexandra Thurston
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with pregnant/postpartum people, high achieving professionals and young adults from underrepresented backgrounds, and couples.
Prioritizing yourself isn’t always easy. You might be seen as the one who always “has it all together" or is taking care of others. You may feel like you can't slow down and you're used to having to do it all on your own, but lately it’s hard to deny that you are struggling. I’m glad you are taking the time for yourself. I believe that we are all deserving of compassion, and capable of creating meaningful change in our lives. I will support you to understand more about yourself, develop new coping skills, and feel more self-compassionate, grounded, and empowered. Together, let's help you move from surviving to thriving.
I enjoy working with pregnant/postpartum people, high achieving professionals and young adults from underrepresented backgrounds, and couples.
Prioritizing yourself isn’t always easy. You might be seen as the one who always “has it all together" or is taking care of others. You may feel like you can't slow down and you're used to having to do it all on your own, but lately it’s hard to deny that you are struggling. I’m glad you are taking the time for yourself. I believe that we are all deserving of compassion, and capable of creating meaningful change in our lives. I will support you to understand more about yourself, develop new coping skills, and feel more self-compassionate, grounded, and empowered. Together, let's help you move from surviving to thriving.
(415) 997-2195 View (415) 997-2195
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Michelle Sullivan
Psychologist
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94116
“Tell me what you fear and I will tell you what has happened to you.” - D.W. Winnicott. A guiding principle of my therapy is linking the suffering of today to the root of why it is so painful. My interest and expertise has focused on: 1) Perinatal Mental Health (pregnancy, loss, infertility, and postpartum), 2) Couples Work (particularly grappling with issues of monogamy), and 3) Long-term Individual Psychotherapy (struggles with relationships, creativity, and being in touch with your true self). I believe in being Good Enough rather than striving to be the perfect (partner, parent, person).
“Tell me what you fear and I will tell you what has happened to you.” - D.W. Winnicott. A guiding principle of my therapy is linking the suffering of today to the root of why it is so painful. My interest and expertise has focused on: 1) Perinatal Mental Health (pregnancy, loss, infertility, and postpartum), 2) Couples Work (particularly grappling with issues of monogamy), and 3) Long-term Individual Psychotherapy (struggles with relationships, creativity, and being in touch with your true self). I believe in being Good Enough rather than striving to be the perfect (partner, parent, person).
(415) 360-3126 View (415) 360-3126
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Celeste Poe
Psychologist, PhD, LMFT, PMH-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
I practice evidence-informed therapy including CBT, TF-CBT, EFT, and mindfulness-based approaches, and have specialized training in Child Parent Psychotherapy, Circle of Security, and perinatal loss.
As a multigenerational psychologist with specialized training in working with infants, young children, mothers, fathers, and couples, my work is rooted in supporting families of young children, particularly during circumstances of trauma, grief, and bereavement. Growing a family is a time of great vulnerability but also an opportunity to promote nurturing, growth, and often, intergenerational healing. The adjustment and changes associated with this period of time can impact a child, parent, or an entire family’s emotional wellbeing. I work to support families during this transformative period.
I practice evidence-informed therapy including CBT, TF-CBT, EFT, and mindfulness-based approaches, and have specialized training in Child Parent Psychotherapy, Circle of Security, and perinatal loss.
As a multigenerational psychologist with specialized training in working with infants, young children, mothers, fathers, and couples, my work is rooted in supporting families of young children, particularly during circumstances of trauma, grief, and bereavement. Growing a family is a time of great vulnerability but also an opportunity to promote nurturing, growth, and often, intergenerational healing. The adjustment and changes associated with this period of time can impact a child, parent, or an entire family’s emotional wellbeing. I work to support families during this transformative period.
(415) 496-0887 View (415) 496-0887
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Joanna Keller
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working with adults of all ages. I have significant experience supporting adults in the tech industry through my role as the Mental Health Manager at the onsite wellness center at Meta/Facebook for 7+ years. Additionally, I am certified in perinatal mental health and specialize in supporting individuals through the complicated journey of parenthood, including fertility challenges, fetal loss, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, substance use/addiction, life transitions, personal/professional growth, and relationships/dating.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working with adults of all ages. I have significant experience supporting adults in the tech industry through my role as the Mental Health Manager at the onsite wellness center at Meta/Facebook for 7+ years. Additionally, I am certified in perinatal mental health and specialize in supporting individuals through the complicated journey of parenthood, including fertility challenges, fetal loss, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, substance use/addiction, life transitions, personal/professional growth, and relationships/dating.
(415) 801-3703 View (415) 801-3703
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Kayla Haberern
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC, R-DMT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94109
Welcome to Feet in the Sand Holistic Therapy! Whether you are seeking therapy for yourself, a child, or your family, this can be a very difficult process, so I honor your wisdom and your steps in your healing journey. With many years of experience, I specialize in working with infants and children, families, and pregnant and postpartum women. I deeply care about you as a client and my heart is truly in this work.
Welcome to Feet in the Sand Holistic Therapy! Whether you are seeking therapy for yourself, a child, or your family, this can be a very difficult process, so I honor your wisdom and your steps in your healing journey. With many years of experience, I specialize in working with infants and children, families, and pregnant and postpartum women. I deeply care about you as a client and my heart is truly in this work.
(628) 257-8438 View (628) 257-8438
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Dr. Anna Yam
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
I specialize in perinatal mental health, including anxiety, depression, birth trauma, OCD, early parenting, & relationship therapy.
I help individuals who are feeling overwhelmed. Do you feel like you should be doing something more, even when you're already doing something? Is your inner voice telling you to do more, be more, or strive harder? Have you felt like you're failing or "broken" or that there aren't people who understand or care about your suffering? In our work together, we will explore ways of developing comfort with the spectrum of emotions. We also work to balance your caregiving responsibilities with your needs, creating space for your most replenished, empowered self.
I specialize in perinatal mental health, including anxiety, depression, birth trauma, OCD, early parenting, & relationship therapy.
I help individuals who are feeling overwhelmed. Do you feel like you should be doing something more, even when you're already doing something? Is your inner voice telling you to do more, be more, or strive harder? Have you felt like you're failing or "broken" or that there aren't people who understand or care about your suffering? In our work together, we will explore ways of developing comfort with the spectrum of emotions. We also work to balance your caregiving responsibilities with your needs, creating space for your most replenished, empowered self.
(858) 430-8069 View (858) 430-8069
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Amy Rice
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I have specialized training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and have a deep passion for supporting individuals and couples through the childbirth process from preconception through postpartum.
In my San Francisco based private practice I focus on an array of issues including depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, parenting support, trauma, work stress, relationship issues, substance abuse, transgender and gender non-binary support, and counseling for issues related to fertility including IVF support. Too often I work with individuals who have waited until the point of crisis to reach out for help, and relief can start much earlier! With empathy, sensitivity, and humor, my goal is to create a space in which to build the therapeutic relationship while cultivating a happier and healthier sense of self and wellbeing.
I have specialized training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and have a deep passion for supporting individuals and couples through the childbirth process from preconception through postpartum.
In my San Francisco based private practice I focus on an array of issues including depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, parenting support, trauma, work stress, relationship issues, substance abuse, transgender and gender non-binary support, and counseling for issues related to fertility including IVF support. Too often I work with individuals who have waited until the point of crisis to reach out for help, and relief can start much earlier! With empathy, sensitivity, and humor, my goal is to create a space in which to build the therapeutic relationship while cultivating a happier and healthier sense of self and wellbeing.
(415) 801-3759 View (415) 801-3759
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Jessica Hegedus
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I'm also passionate about supporting women through pregnancy/postpartum journeys.
I can help you make changes in your life. I work with adults, couples, families and children to address stress, emotion and identity. I provide a nonjudgmental, safe and supportive space for you to explore stuck and challenging relationships, alter unproductive thoughts and behavior patterns and navigate transitions in your life. While therapy doesn't have all the answers, working together on some of these issues can help you to feel more empowered. I enjoy working with LGBTQ families, those who identify as polyamorous, and women of all shapes and sizes.
I'm also passionate about supporting women through pregnancy/postpartum journeys.
I can help you make changes in your life. I work with adults, couples, families and children to address stress, emotion and identity. I provide a nonjudgmental, safe and supportive space for you to explore stuck and challenging relationships, alter unproductive thoughts and behavior patterns and navigate transitions in your life. While therapy doesn't have all the answers, working together on some of these issues can help you to feel more empowered. I enjoy working with LGBTQ families, those who identify as polyamorous, and women of all shapes and sizes.
(415) 914-8923 View (415) 914-8923
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Maria Burch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
Are anxiety (constant worry), depression, and imposter syndrome getting in the way of having clarity, peace of mind, and a sense of direction? As you go through life transitions such as the birth of a child, experienced a miscarriage, have marital stress, work stress and/or relationship concerns (friend and/or family), imposter syndrome, and social anxiety — it is essential to have someone who can provide you with solid and impartial support. I’m a warm, interactive, directive and solution focused therapist. My mission is to provide you with life-changing & actionable tools to help you move forward.
Are anxiety (constant worry), depression, and imposter syndrome getting in the way of having clarity, peace of mind, and a sense of direction? As you go through life transitions such as the birth of a child, experienced a miscarriage, have marital stress, work stress and/or relationship concerns (friend and/or family), imposter syndrome, and social anxiety — it is essential to have someone who can provide you with solid and impartial support. I’m a warm, interactive, directive and solution focused therapist. My mission is to provide you with life-changing & actionable tools to help you move forward.
(415) 799-1379 View (415) 799-1379
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Bloom Therapy
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114
We provide support for family building challenges including infertility, assisted and third-party reproduction, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment to parenthood, and parenting NICU babies and medically ill children.
Bloom Therapy specializes in women's mental health across the lifespan. Women face unique stressors in their relationships and career, and experience anxiety, depression, and traumatic stress at twice the rate of men. We offer a compassionate, evidence-based approach to address these challenges and help you reach your goals. Our work focuses on building strengths, enhancing self-confidence, and empowering you with knowledge and tools so that you can thrive in your relationships, work, and life.
We provide support for family building challenges including infertility, assisted and third-party reproduction, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment to parenthood, and parenting NICU babies and medically ill children.
Bloom Therapy specializes in women's mental health across the lifespan. Women face unique stressors in their relationships and career, and experience anxiety, depression, and traumatic stress at twice the rate of men. We offer a compassionate, evidence-based approach to address these challenges and help you reach your goals. Our work focuses on building strengths, enhancing self-confidence, and empowering you with knowledge and tools so that you can thrive in your relationships, work, and life.
(415) 598-9316 View (415) 598-9316
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Dr. Shianling Weeks
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
You're deeply caring, creative, and curious. And you feel stuck, not good enough, overwhelmed, hurting. Disconnected from the life you want. You may be in numbness and slowly suffocating in a deep hole. You may find yourself shutting down and avoiding things that are usually important to you. You could be struggling to start a family, or dealing with scary thoughts and emotional pain in pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond. Even though you're not sure how, you are ready to make a change to live meaningfully, and are open to trying something new.
You're deeply caring, creative, and curious. And you feel stuck, not good enough, overwhelmed, hurting. Disconnected from the life you want. You may be in numbness and slowly suffocating in a deep hole. You may find yourself shutting down and avoiding things that are usually important to you. You could be struggling to start a family, or dealing with scary thoughts and emotional pain in pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond. Even though you're not sure how, you are ready to make a change to live meaningfully, and are open to trying something new.
(415) 449-4547 View (415) 449-4547
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Shianling Weeks
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
It's okay to be enraged - about unjust treatment both individually and on a societal level (racism, structural racism, sexism, all the isms). It's okay to be deeply sad. It's okay to be anxious. All the feelings are there for a reason, and sometimes there isn't any particular reason you can identify. It's okay to judge yourself, it's okay to be "negative." We will learn to feel the feelings and think the thoughts, while choosing what you want to do next, based on what's important to you. I have expertise in anxiety, phobias, depression, PTSD, infertility, and perinatal distress.
It's okay to be enraged - about unjust treatment both individually and on a societal level (racism, structural racism, sexism, all the isms). It's okay to be deeply sad. It's okay to be anxious. All the feelings are there for a reason, and sometimes there isn't any particular reason you can identify. It's okay to judge yourself, it's okay to be "negative." We will learn to feel the feelings and think the thoughts, while choosing what you want to do next, based on what's important to you. I have expertise in anxiety, phobias, depression, PTSD, infertility, and perinatal distress.
(415) 942-1872 View (415) 942-1872
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Katherine Taylor
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
I work with pregnant and postpartum people to manage anxiety and mood, and to explore ways to adjust to parenthood and expanding families. I often talk with clients about feeling exhausted, disconnected, overwhelmed, very worried, or sad, and we look for strategies to find some support, peace, excitement and joy in their day to day. I also love to help all people work to manage sleep behaviors using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.
I work with pregnant and postpartum people to manage anxiety and mood, and to explore ways to adjust to parenthood and expanding families. I often talk with clients about feeling exhausted, disconnected, overwhelmed, very worried, or sad, and we look for strategies to find some support, peace, excitement and joy in their day to day. I also love to help all people work to manage sleep behaviors using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.
(415) 594-5082 View (415) 594-5082

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Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists

What are the most effective ways to address pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum concerns?

The most effective way to address pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum concerns is by finding a therapist who has prior experience helping other patients overcome the challenge being faced. For example, a marriage and family therapist may have experience helping couples adjust to their new relationship dynamic. An anxiety specialist may have experience helping with phobias or illness anxiety related to the child’s health. A depression specialist may have experience treating postpartum depression.

When should I seek treatment for prenatal or postpartum concerns?

Pregnancy and the postpartum period involve intense physical and mental changes; a degree of upset and instability is normal. However, if these changes impair daily functioning, it may be time to seek help. This distinction is pertinent for postpartum depression: A period of teariness, irritability, and distress is difficult but normal in the one to two weeks after childbirth (sometimes called the “baby blues.”) But if feelings of sadness and hopelessness persist beyond that period, the person should seek treatment.

How do I manage worries during pregnancy or the postnatal period?

A therapist can help patients develop the tools they need to manage anxieties during or after pregnancy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people identify and reframe harmful patterns of thought, and change their behaviors. Other techniques and skills can allow people to develop acceptance, psychological flexibility, self-compassion, communication skills, and more.

Are there specific medications for postpartum depression?

In 2019, the FDA approved the first medication designed to treat postpartum depression. The medication is called brexanolone and is delivered intravenously by a medical professional over the course of a few days. However, typical antidepressants, which are more accessible, can also treat postpartum depression. The disorder is often best treated through a combination of medication and therapy.