Perinatal Difficulties

Pregnancy, birth and early parenthood are times of tremendous change. The adjustment to these changes can often be challenging not only for the expectant mother and new mothers but also for the relationship of the new parents. According to the NSPCC (Hogg, 2013), perinatal depression and anxiety affect at least 10% of women. There is increasing awareness of postnatal depression or ‘the baby blues’, but both symptoms of anxiety and depression are also very common in late pregnancy. It has been shown that women who experience depression and anxiety in pregnancy are more likely to experience postnatal depression.

Perinatal specialists take a holistic perspective to explore physical, emotional, practical, social and relational changes and their impact on the wellbeing of the woman, her partner, the infant and older siblings. They can help with the wide range of problems that occur during pregnancy and in the postnatal period, including depression, anxiety, birth trauma, obsessive thoughts and bonding difficulties.

Perinatal Difficulties Treated at Circle Psychology Partners:

  • Antenatal Depression and Anxiety
  • Postnatal Depression (PND) and Anxiety
  • Birth Trauma; Difficult or Premature Birth
  • Pregnancy Loss (Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Neonatal Loss)
  • Pregnancy Terminations
  • Difficulties Adjusting to Parenthood
  • Feelings of Anger or Disappointment
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Attachment or Bonding Difficulties
  • Couple Relationship Difficulties
  • Increased Irritability with Older Children
  • Sexual Problems (such as Loss of Desire or Pain During Sex)
  • Fertility Issues
  • Fears About Returning to Work