Grief (Pregnancy and Infant Loss)

Everyone grieves differently and in their own way. Grief is a difficult emotion and the healing process can take time, especially when it comes to grieving our loved ones such as losing an infant before or after birth.

Grief can be overwhelming and you can experience a multitude of other emotions such as anger, sadness, depression, or guilt. You can also experience somatic symptoms such as stomach aches, susceptibility to getting colds, and trouble concentrating on tasks. Healing from one’s death, especially a baby’s, can look like a different process for women, men, and children but supporting one another’s grieving process is essential as well as reaching out for help. There are several resources available that can help provide support to women, men, and children struggling with grief including grief after the loss of an infant.

A medical provider can help individuals find treatment, a social worker can help provide support with bills and expenses, and a grief counselor can help an individual work through their grief. While these services can provide support, it is also important for you to engage in self-care especially when recovering from pregnancy. Self-care can include eating regularly with plenty of vegetables and protein, exercising daily, and sleeping for eight hours at night. Grief can largely affect mental health which is why it is so important to reach out for help!

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If you’re struggling with mental health issues or would like to refer someone you know, we’d love to speak to you further. HOPE is here. Contact us today.

References: https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/dealing-with-grief-after-the-death-of-your-baby.aspx

Did you know that May is maternal mental health awareness month?

This month-long campaign is an effort to bring to light the mental health changes that new mothers can experience before, during, and especially after giving birth!

Most people know that some moms can experience “the baby blues” right after welcoming their new bundles of joy. The symptoms can include mood swings, crying spells, and trouble sleeping which typically start around three days postpartum and last about two weeks. However, sometimes, the symptoms can be more severe and long-lasting ranging from depression, anxiety, and even psychosis.

New moms and those that care and work with them should be aware of symptoms that can include difficulty bonding with the baby, fatigue, anger, hopelessness, panic attacks, and thoughts of self-harm or harm to others. If you know someone experiencing these symptoms or similar ones, please encourage them to seek help. Please spread the word and help us end the stigma surrounding postpartum mental health and this incorrect idea that postpartum symptoms make for bad mothers. It is a common occurrence which can be treated with therapy and/or medication. 

HOPE IS HERE

If you’re struggling with postpartum depression, anxiety or “baby blues” or would like to refer someone you know, we’d love to speak to you further. HOPE is here. Contact us today.

Prenatal & Postnatal Mental Health Group

Prenatal and Postpartum “Perinatal” Health

A prenatal or postnatal “perinatal” mental health problem or disorder is one that you experience any time from becoming pregnant and up to a year after you give birth.

Having a baby is a big life event. It’s natural to experience a range of emotions during pregnancy and after giving birth (and lots of hormones). But if any difficult feelings start to have a big effect on your day-to-day life, you might be experiencing a perinatal mental health problem whether this is a new mental health problem, or an episode of a problem you’ve experienced in the past.

Common Perinatal Mental Health Problems:

  • Perinatal depression
  • Perinatal anxiety
  • Perinatal OCD
  • Postpartum psychosis
  • Postpartum PTSD

Questions to ask yourself if you’re feeling like you may be struggling with a prenatal or postnatal mental health problem:

  1. Are you pregnant?
  2. Did you recently give birth?
  3. Are you curious about changes you are or might experience in pregnancy and after birth?
  4. Are you feeling sad or depressed?
  5. Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
  6. Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
  7. Do you feel anxious or panicky?
  8. Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
  9. Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
  10. Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy?”
  11. Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
  12. Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?

Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of prenatal or postnatal mood or anxiety disorder, such as postpartum depression. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15-20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. If you are finding things difficult and these feelings, it is important to know that having these feelings is not your fault. You can ask for help or support if you need it. Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer.

Georgia HOPE’s NEW Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health Group

We have a new Teletherapy Community Group just for Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health for the moms in our community.

Groups are available to women with Medicaid, Amerigroup, Wellcare, CareSource, Cenpatico/Peachstate. We also offer very affordable self-pay rates.

If you’re interested in joining the group or would just like more information, contact us today by phone (706) 279-0405, by e-mail info@gahope.org, or submit online: https://gahope.org/about-us/contact-us/ and someone will reach out to you!

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