Pregnancy is a time of great anticipation, but it’s not always exciting or easy. If you want to explore your changing identity, prepare emotionally and psychologically for birth, process lingering fears and anxieties, or attend to issues from the past that have suddenly resurfaced, prenatal counseling can offer you guidance and support.
Birth is a powerful experience that deserves processing and recognition, and the birth story is an important narrative in the lives of women and families. If you’re looking for a safe place to explore the events surrounding your labor, or if you’re pregnant again and think you might benefit from processing your previous birth experience, I’m here to listen and help.
The postpartum is an intimate and overwhelming time full of transitions, joys, and challenges of all kinds. If you’re struggling with breastfeeding, feel overwhelmed by the sudden changes in your life, or notice that sadness, anxiety, and uncertainty are getting the better of you, please reach out for support. Help is available and it does get better.
Lots of people aren’t looking for ongoing counseling support but you may have a specific issue you’d like to explore or questions that you and your partner would like to discuss with someone who has knowledge and expertise in the field. If you’re seeking informational support or practical guidance to help you navigate the sometimes confusing and conflicting path of the childbearing year, then coaching sessions might be a good fit for you.
Each woman and family approaching Vaginal Birth After Cesarean has a unique and often difficult previous birth story that has brought them to this crossroads. Some women are at peace with this story, while others are still tender and feeling varying degrees of sadness, disappointment, fear, confusion, guilt, and anger. If you’re pregnant with your second or third child and hope to have a VBAC, counseling sessions provide a space where you can process your previous birth experience, explore your hopes for the next birth,work with lingering doubts and fears, and encourage feelings of empowerment regardless of how your next baby is born.
Giving birth by cesarean is not most women’s preferred method of birthing, but sometimes unexpected developments in pregnancy or during labor leave no other option. If you’re pregnant and know that you’ll have to give birth by cesarean, counseling sessions can help you prepare emotionally, psychologically, and practically for this type of birth experience. And if you’ve already given birth by cesarean but are feeling varying degrees of sadness, disappointment, confusion, guilt, or anger, counseling sessions can help you process your birth experience, encourage healing, and find empowerment.
Miscarriage, infertility, and other pregnancy related losses are some of the most overlooked grief experiences that exist. Unfortunately, our culture does not adequately recognize these difficult losses, leaving women and couples isolated in their grief and with little support and fe resources. If you’ve lost or have been unable to conceive a baby and need a place to process your grief, I’m here to help.
As a professional doula and former midwifery apprentice, I’m well-versed in the challenges faced by birth professionals. In addition to the compassion fatigue that anyone in care-giving careers is vulnerable to, birth professionals face the added stressors of being on-call, unpredictable schedules, irregular sleep, and the potential of developing secondary trauma, which can occur when caregivers are exposed to the traumatic experiences of their clients. If you’re a midwife, doula, or other birth professional and would like a knowledgable and confidential place to process challenges and discover unique ways of maintaining sustainability, I’m here to help.