When it comes to preparing for the arrival of a new baby, most parents focus on the practical. Where will baby sleep? How shall we decorate the nursery? Which pram shall we choose? And will baby really go through that many changes of clothes in a day? (The answer is yes).
These things are important and a big part of your journey to becoming parents. But have you considered how you’ll prepare emotionally for your new baby?
Pregnancy and early motherhood can be a challenging time for your mental health and wellbeing. Statistics currently predict 10-15% of mothers will experience anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy and after birth. Even those who don’t may find their minds need more care and attention in the weeks and months after baby’s arrival. Between the sleep deprivation and your shifting hormones, it’s hardly surprising.
My antenatal class is designed to help you emotionally prepare for your new arrival by learning to spot the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Because when a mother’s emotional health is in good shape, she, and her whole family benefit.
Who Is It For?
- Mums and mums-to-be who want to feel equipped to recognise the emotional challenges that can occur during pregnancy and throughout motherhood
- Mums and mums-to-be who already have a history of anxiety and/or depression and may feel anxious about things deteriorating during pregnancy or after birth
What Will We Cover?
Your one-off session is an antenatal class for your mental health. The focus is on helping you spot when your mental health may be starting to slip and signposting the support available should you need it.
Your session will be conducted either in person at my therapy room in the MK3 area or via Zoom. Over the course of an hour, you’ll learn:
- The signs and symptoms of common mental health problems such as Perinatal OCD, Birth Trauma, Tokophobia (fear of childbirth), Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety & Ante/Postnatal Depression
- What care and support you should be offered for perinatal mental illness
- The psychological treatments available to you on the NHS and privately
- How CBT can help you manage symptoms of anxiety and depression
- The recommended medication for mental health difficulties in pregnancy and postnatally
- The different types of peer support you can access
- My top self-care tips as you begin your journey into parenthood