The excitement of parenthood can quickly come to a halt with the birth of a premature baby. Research over the past decade has shown that between 40-60 percent of NICU parents develop symptoms of PTSD. Recognizing PTSD is essential to a parent and a baby’s long-term health.
Wellness Blog | Courtney Daniels, LCSW, PMH-C
Fear and anxiety are likely at the forefront of your mind these days. Worries about your risk for illness, concerns for your unborn baby, uncertainty about the logistics of your delivery and the many unknowns about COVID-19 are all valid during this unprecedented time. Now, more than ever, it is important to take time to calm your thoughts and care for yourself.
Infertility is a painful struggle. A lonely and scary ride that none of us would voluntarily jump on. In the United States 10-15 % of couples have difficulty getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, we would like to shed light on how to support someone through the physical and psychological roller-coaster of infertility.
It’s no secret that the postpartum period is difficult both physically and emotionally. Most women have heard of postpartum depression and typically think of excessive crying, moodiness or not feeling attached to baby as symptoms they need to watch for. However, if you talk to women who have experienced postpartum depression, many will tell you this was not the case for them.
While we cannot always prevent stress, worry, or a postpartum mood disorder from occurring, we can take steps to best care for ourselves during this vulnerable time. Consider these not so obvious must-haves for your emotional wellbeing.