While pregnant mothers often feel excitement and joy, many expectant mothers also describe feeling anxious, stressed or “low”. Most women chalk this up to pregnancy hormones or moodiness, and don’t seek out the necessary care. As many as 20 percent of pregnant women suffer from perinatal (during pregnancy) anxiety or depression. Given the needed focus on physical health, a pregnant mother’s mental health and emotional well-being are frequently overlooked. A woman is at a greater risk of developing a perinatal mood disorder than she is of getting gestational diabetes. Untreated, perinatal anxiety and depression can worsen with time, increase the risk of premature birth, and become a precursor to postpartum mental health disorders.
Here at the Institute we are committed to supporting the emotional and mental health of pregnant women and their partners, as they prepare for a healthy birth of their little one.
Our comprehensive and specialized assessment and treatment services for the perinatal stage include:
INDIVIDUAL and COUPLES THERAPY
THERAPY SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS:
What: Beginning the Journey: therapy support group for expectant moms.
When: weekdays and weekends
Where: Institute for Girls Development, 95 N. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena.
Cost: $65 per group