The birth of your baby is one of the most magical times in your life. You are welcoming a new family member. You may have waited a long time for this little one. This baby may be your first or you may be adding to your family. One thing is certain you and everyone you know likely expects you to feel happy and excited for the birth of your child. But what happens when things don't go as planned? What happens when despite having the very thing you've always wished for, you feel inexplicably sad, irritable, or have intrusive thoughts about the safety of your child?
Here in Dallas we have an invaluable resource in Kim Kertsburg, LCSW of Dallas Postpartum Support. Kim has many years of experience in the mental health field and has made it her mission to address maternal mental health issues. She provides hope and support to mothers and families in the form of counseling, community outreach and education programs throughout the DFW metroplex.
Recently Kim was interviewed by Dallas newborn and maternity photographer Laura Levitan of Mod L Photography. Laura is writing a blog series featuring businesses in Dallas who serve new parents and families. As a maternity and newborn photographer Laura works closely with her clients creating beautiful works of art for their home. In the process she develops relationships with her clients and is often looked to as a resource. You can read more about her series here: Why would a newborn photographer write about that? Her interview with Kim talks about risk factors associated with developing postpartum depression, PPD, anxiety, OCD and the spectrum of maternal mental health disorders. They also speak about Kim's prescription for recovery, how maternal mental health can affect the rest of the family, and how family members and first responders can help when they recognize there might be a problem.
One in seven women (and possibly more) will experience maternal mental health complications. It is the most common health complication a woman may experience in the perinatal period. Here is the link directly to the article: Meet the Woman Taking Maternal Mental Health By Storm.
At Plano Birthplace we want your health and well being to extend past your pregnancy. We care about the postpartum period and want to provide access to the very best resources we can here in Dallas / Ft. Worth.