Reproductive and Maternal Mental Health

Services

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Individual, Couples, Family Therapy (video sessions available)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Groups

 

General:

  • Depression & anxiety

  • Life transitions

  • Parenting

  • Couples Counseling

  • Self-care/stress management

Speciality Areas:

  • Perinatal mood disorders

  • Postpartum adjustment for mom/dad/couples

  • Infertility

  • Third Party Reproduction

  • Adoption

  • Family planning

  • Pregnancy loss

  • Pregnancy after infertility

  • Traumatic birth

 

Monthly Women's Infertility Support Group.  Find more information here

Free bi-weekly New Moms Support Group, focusing on emotional adjustment to motherhood, meets 2nd and 4th Monday, 12:30-1:30pm at Mills Peninsula Health Center.  Find more information here

Maternal Mental Health

Studies have found that 1 in 8 new mothers will suffer from postpartum mood or anxiety disorders.  This makes it the most common complication of pregnancy, yet something that is not routinely screened for during  OB visits, or often talked about with other new moms.  There are risk factors that increase your chances of developing perinatal mood or anxiety disorders, but there are also steps you can take to increase your resiliency to the stresses of new parenthood.  Talking with a  therapist who specializes in maternal mental health can help patients learn coping skills to manage worries, enhance mother-baby bond, and improve communication skills.

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Reproductive Mental Health

Infertility often causes a great amount of distress and coping with the uncertainties can be overwhelming. Patients may benefit from mental health therapy if they notice an ongoing symptoms, such as loss of interest, low mood, strained relationships, high levels of anxiety, changes in sleep or appetite, excessive guilt/anger, or social isolation.  Therapy can help individuals and couples learn coping strategies, process negative emotions, problem-solve and communicate more clearly.  Patients often find speaking with a therapist useful when facing important decisions during their treatment, such as deciding between alternative treatment options, exploring family building possibilities or considering third party assistance. 

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Third Party Reproduction- Intended Parent Consultations

The intended parent consultation is intended to help patients explore the psychological impact and emotional readiness of moving onto this family building option.  During the session, we will explore the many educational, emotional, ethical and logistical considerations of third party parenting while addressing any areas of concern.

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Egg Donor, Sperm Donor & Gestational Carrier Evaluations

This psychological evaluation helps determine donor/ gestational carrier readiness and will address any concerns they may have.  This is often a requirement of agencies or when using a "known" donor/carrier. 

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