JM Wellness, LLC

Women's Mental Health Wellness

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Birth matters

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.

Embracing Pregnancy & Birth

Thinking about having a baby?

Planning a birth?
Finding postpartum  challenging?

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...

do i need help?

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.​​

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. ​

"Always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."
~Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh

So much to do!