Pregnancy & Birth
Pregnancy and the birth of a new baby can stir up different feelings for mothers, fathers and other members of the family.
During pregnancy, parents may be reminded of their own less than ideal experiences of being parented or they may have ideas about how being pregnant and giving birth will be and feel confused about how anxious and overwhelmed they are. Other parents-to be have to deal with unexpected medical challenges eg undergoing IVF and the feelings of helplessness that can arise when facing perinatal loss.
Developing an attachment relationship with the unborn baby may also be confounded by news that there are medical concerns for the baby, or that the couple are expecting more than one baby.
We can offer psychological support for individuals, couples and families affected by a range of issues including
RECURRENCE OF PREVIOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES DURING PREGNANCY OR AFTER BIRTH, EG ANTENATAL ANXIETY, PERINATAL OCD OR PND
DEALING WITH THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF UNEXPECTED MEDICAL ISSUES DURING PREGNANCY EG GESTATIONAL DIABETES, PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN (PGP)
SUPPORTING COUPLES WITH ANTENATAL RESULTS AND CHOICES, EG DOWN’S SYNDROME, OTHER GENETIC ISSUES
ADVOCATING FOR WOMEN AND THEIR PARTNERS AFTER PREVIOUS TRAUMATIC BIRTH EXPERIENCES
HELPING COUPLES PLAN AND PREPARE FOR BIRTH AUTONOMOUSLY AND WITH UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, EG PLANNED C-SECTIONS OR HOME BIRTHS
PRIMARY OR SECONDARY TOKOPHOBIA, EG FEAR OF GIVING BIRTH
MANAGING PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES DURING PREGNANCY AND BIRTH , EG CHRONIC OR ENDURING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES SUCH AS DESPRESSION, BIPOLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER
PREGNANCY FOLLOWING IVF, ICSI AND/OR OTHER ART, EG DONOR CONCEPTION, SURROGACY
TRAUMATIC ISSUES DURING PREGNANCY – SELECTIVE REDUCTION, THREATENED MISCARRIAGES OR TERMINATION FOLLOWING DIAGNOSIS OF BIRTH ANOMALY
PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES LINKED TO PREMATURE BIRTH AND STAYS IN NICU FOR BOTH FATHERS AND MOTHERS
BEING PREGNANT WITH MULTIPLES AND MANAGING HEALTH ANXIETY THROUGHOUT A ‘HIGH RISK’ PREGNANCY
COMING TO TERMS WITH MISCARRIAGE, STILLBIRTH OR INFANT DEATH
PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WITH A HISTORY OF SEXUAL TRAUMA OR ABUSE
DIFFICULTIES ARISING IN THE ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNBORN BABY OR INFANT DUE TO GENDER PREFERENCE
PTSD AND BIRTH TRAUMA FOLLOWING BIRTH FOR BOTH FATHERS AND MOTHERS