23rd October 2018 
Pregnancy and Parenting #01

Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting

Having a baby is a major life event, for some it may bring joy and excitement, but for others it can be a difficult time. Women who already have anxiety or depression may find the adjustment to pregnancy and parenting can make this worse.

  • Problems from the past that may have settled can suddenly become an issue again, such as past sexual abuse or eating disorders.

  • Sometimes there are specific anxieties around pregnancy or childbirth such as needle phobia or labour phobia (tocophobia). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can treat phobias very effectively.

  • A traumatic birth can leave very difficult feelings. Childbirth counselling with a midwife counsellor can help to work this through. Very occasionally Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can result from a traumatic birth. A therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can be treatment of choice for this.

  • Pregnancy or postnatal depression can seriously interfere with the enjoyment of this special time of life.

  • PARENTING COUNSELLING can help where there are problems such as difficulty in bonding with your baby. Having completed a two year infant observation course with the British Association for Psychotherapy (BAP), and with my experience as a midwife, I am able to offer help in this important area.

  • WEIGHT MANAGEMENT COUNSELLING is also provided, before, during or after pregnancy. Many weight loss programmes only focus on the practical side of eating, at PCS we also look at the deeper psychological reasons for eating habits.