Birth debriefing can be a starting point to begin to understand, and process grief and loss associated with your birth, allowing for integration and healing over time.
The way women birth matters. Recent statistics reveal increasing rates of women who experience complicated and traumatic births. This can also be a result of how women felt during pregnancy and after their birth experiences, not just the birth. It is important that a woman feels safe & supported, nurtured, cared for, respected and listened to throughout her pregnancy, during and following the birth, that will allow her to move forward confidently into her journey as a mother. If this experience was not one that felt safe, respected and cared for, women can experience a range of feelings and symptoms that can have long-lasting effects and contribute to perinatal anxiety and depression.
Birth debriefing can be a starting point towards being able to understand, process and integrate your birth experience, which supports healing and change over time. A birth debrief may also benefit from further exploration of the emotions and feelings connected to your birth experience over a number of sessions.
For anxiety, depression, grief & loss, life transitions, stress management
Counselling provides a supportive, safe and collaborative environment to help address everyday stress, grief and loss, anxiety, depression and life transitions through clarifying issues, exploring options, and developing strategies. As we are navigating the many changes and challenges of COVID-19, there is increasing recognition of the importance of having greater support during this time. Counselling can assist in developing greater awareness, clarity and perspective in decision making, deepening understanding of yourself and your relationships with others, and provide relief from negative emotions and old patterns of relating.
Importance of counselling support during pregnancy & after birth?
Pregnancy and birth signifies profound changes both physically and emotionally. A difficult journey to becoming pregnant, the physical adaptations of pregnancy, and outcomes of the birth experience can profoundly affect a woman’s ability to connect with the joy of being pregnant and subsequent bonding with her baby.
Changes during pregnancy and birth and during difficult times affect a woman individually but also within a partnership. Unexpected feelings and emotions may develop that can be difficult to understand and process. Past mental health concerns or childhood experiences may re-emerge and intensify. A woman’s sense of self, beliefs and values may be challenged and may also reveal or heighten difficulties within interpersonal relationships.
A history of depression or anxiety may also predispose women to perinatal anxiety and depression. Counselling support during pregnancy and post-birth can bring greater awareness and assist to heal old patterns of relating that may affect your birthing and parenting experiences. It can assist to expand and improve the significant relationships in your life as you adapt to the changes associated with becoming a parent.
Sue Power offers birth debriefing and individual counselling and is providing both by via telehealth ($120 for 1.5hr initial session; $90 for subsequent 1hr sessions)Schedule Appointment
Rhea Dempsey offers both couples and individual counselling, as well as birth debriefing. ($120 per hour, $220 for two hour birth debrief) She is currently on leave while she finishes her next book. To enquire about future available hours, please call Reception at (03)9376 7474.