Pregnancy & Birth

in St. Louis

Thinking about having a baby?
          Planning a birth?
Struggling with infertility?
          Wondering what to do?
Finding postpartum  challenging?

postpartum depression symptoms   postpartum anxiety
These are just some of the many reasons I meet people along their "baby" path.  Birth 
is a magical experience, although it doesn't always go as planned.  But one thing is for sure...

Birth Matters.

It beckons our attention not only infancy and childhood, but but in every age and stage we experience along our journey.  The way we welcome life into the womb and world matters;
the way you were welcomed into the womb and world matters, too!

A pregnancy ignites an intimate dance between a parent and child.  In a brief moment, lives are being united, and neither will ever be the same.  The way you welcome your child into the world matters.  Counseling can help you embrace each moment, feel empowered to envision a healthy labor and birth, and find peace in the early moments of parenthood.

But there's so much to do...
Is it just me, or does life seem to be getting more and more busy?  The "to-do" lists are growing, and demands of life often keep us from where we need to be.  But now more than ever, you need to remember to slow down.  Using this time to prepare yourself and your relationship for parenthood is the best gift you can give your future family.  

Parenting begins now. 
As you prepare for the "twinkle in your eye" to snuggle in your arms, now is a good time to create a checklist for yourself.  Some of the ways to prepare for a child is by checking in on:  

  • your body
  • your mind
  • your spirit
  • your relationships
  • your career
  • your expectations
  • your fears
  • your strength & courage

Also, remember that your relationship with your child is already in full-swing!  Enjoy those tender moments when you are the only person who can feel your child's sweet heart beating just for you.

Honor the Birth Story Always.

Always honor whichever way your child comes into your arms, and remember you and your partner have just had a life-altering experience.  Take time with it, have patience. Remember the sweetness, while also honoring the uncertainty.  Everyone's story matters.

When Do I Need Help?

You hear a lot about the "baby blues" (feelings of increased stress and anxiety) after birth, but did you know that the "blues" can creep up during pregnancy, and impact your partner, too?  Some mood changes are normal; after all, your body is going through the most change it has ever experienced since your own birth!  Depending on many things such as how your baby was conceived, your current living situation, your previous and current mental and physical health, etc., some feelings of stress are to be expected.  However, if these feelings don't go away, or if they begin interfering with your daily activities, you may want to seek support.  Take it from a counselor/mama who's been there; pregnancy is an awesome yet emotional roller coaster requiring some tender loving care!

This checklist may serve as a guide to identify if you may want to consider seeking support. If your answers concern you, counseling may help!

  • Do you feel sad more than happy??
  • Do you feel more irritable and/or anxious than usual?
  • Has your appetite changed?
  • Are you able to sleep an adequate amount?
  • Are you able to bond with your baby?
  • If you are in a relationship, do you feel safe?
  • Are you able to care for yourself? your other children/dependents?
  • ​Are you using any unsafe substances (i.e. tobacco, alcohol, unprescribed or misusing prescribed medications, illegal drugs, etc.)?
  • Do you have a support system now?
  • ​Are you worried you may hurt yourself or others?*

*If you feel that you or your loved ones are in immediate danger, call 911.  

JM Wellness, LLC​

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