Perinatal Psychotherapy

What is perinatal psychotherapy?

Perinatal psychotherapy is a branch of psychology that intervenes during the whole process of pregnancy, as well as during childbirth and postpartum. The psychologist assists couples who decide that they want to have children soon during the gestation period.

On the one hand, pregnancy is a very emotionally comforting stage, but it can also bring with it stress, depression or anxiety problems. The appearance of these psychological phenomena tends to overshadow the experience of future parents, which is why it is advisable that a specialist helps them to channel these emotions and control their moods.

Likewise, perinatal psychology can also help parents psychologically during the baby’s upbringing. In this way, it will provide them with tools and knowledge that will help them to increase family well-being.

What illnesses does the specialist in Perinatal Psychotherapy treat?

Whenever a vital change is experienced, a period of adaptation is required to obtain the necessary experience to be able to face it with guarantees. Paternity and maternity are stages that generate a great shock in the life of the parents.

In this context perinatal psychotherapy intervenes in the following cases according to the Spanish Association of Perinatal Psychotherapy:

  • Women who are afraid of pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Women who have had a complicated birth that has generated a trauma.
  • Women who need help to recover emotionally after childbirth.
  • Babies who have been born prematurely.
  • Fathers who need help in raising their child during the early years.
  • Mothers who are having difficulty breastfeeding.
  • Mothers in the postpartum stage with difficulties in establishing a bond with their baby.
  • Fathers who want to become aware of the experience of cesarean section and childbirth.
  • Mothers suffering from postpartum depression.
  • Parents who lose a baby and are going through a grieving process.
  • Fathers who are not adjusting well to their new family unit.
  • Parents having difficulty conceiving a child.
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Perinatal psychotherapy is a branch of psychology that intervenes during the entire pregnancy process, as well as during childbirth and postpartum. The psychologist assists couples during the gestation period who decide that they want to have children soon.

What sub-specialties are there within Perinatal Psychotherapy?

Psychologists provide support to families at other times during the period:

  • Before conception.
  • After childbirth.
  • Family adaptation to the new context.

When is it necessary to go to a specialist in Perinatal Psychotherapy?

A specialist in perinatal psychology should be consulted when the parents feel as in any of the cases described in the previous sections. Thanks to this, parents will be able to enjoy the fantastic experience of creating life and being happy together with the new member of the family, from the moment he/she is in the womb.