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Cactus Fields

Perinatal & Postpartum Issues
Therapy in Arizona & Florida

Whether you're pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or postpartum, the season around becoming a parent can be very challenging even on a good day.  If you're struggling with infertility, pregnancy loss or infant loss, pregnancy termination*, or issues related to LGBTQ+ parenting, things can get even more complicated for all partners.

While many parents experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of pregnancy/postpartum people experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety.  Do any of these sound like you?

  • Are you feeling sad or depressed?

  • Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?

  • Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?

  • Do you feel anxious or panicky?

  • Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?

  • Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?

  • Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?

  • Do you feel like you never should have become a parent?

  • Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?

 

Parents of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mental health disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover. Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are actually several mental health challenges that parents may experience, including:

  • Depression during pregnancy and postpartum

  • Anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum

  • Pregnancy or postpartum OCD

  • Postpartum PTSD

  • Perinatal bipolar disorders

  • Postpartum psychosis

  • Grief and loss

Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer.


Several members of our team are well-versed and have advanced training in the areas of perinatal and postpartum mental health. Please consider reaching out to one of use so you can recovery and get back on track with the life you deserve. 

 

* If you would like support with issues related to pregnancy termination, Kimberly is an active member of Pro-Choice Therapists and would be happy to support you with issues related to your personal health decisions. 

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