: Maternal & Infant Wellness
Integrated Therapy Services NW PLLC offers education and support services in Tacoma for individuals and families before and after the arrival of a child. Bloom's services focus on providing support to women and their families through the many transitions in early parenthood, a unique and often challenging time punctuated with endings and new beginnings. Women, men and their families need and deserve to be nurtured and supported during this time. The emergence of the parent is as important as the birth of the baby. Pregant women and new parents can now find support in Tacoma. The following services are offered:
Pregnancy and Postpartum Wellness Counseling
Bloom provides counseling and support for families to help with the transition to parenthood, to help grow lasting bonds, to nurture and support new parents, and to find hope. Counseling services are available to help with:
- Depression / Sadness
- Anxiety / Stress / Fear
- Reducing the risk of Postpartum Depression
- Prenatal and Postpartum adjustment
- Loss of a child (termination, miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal loss)
- Attachment and Bonding
- Traumatic birth experience
- Complications during pregnancy
- Challenges with fertility
- Paternal adjustment/depression
- Adoption issues
- Preparing abuse and trauma survivors for birth
Please contact ITSNW to discuss your specific needs. Scheduling an appointment is easy, call (253) 460-7248 and we will be happy to help you. Our Bloom program provides pregnant women and new parent support in Tacoma.
Concerned you or a loved one might have Postpartum depression or Anxiety?
Do You …
- Have trouble sleeping?
- Find you are exhausted most of the time?
- Notice a decrease in your appetite?
- Worry about things that never used to bother you?
- Wonder if you’ll ever have time to yourself again?
- Think your children would be better off without you?
- Worry that your husband/partner will get tired of you feeling this way?
- Snap at your husband/partner/children over anything?
- Think that everyone else is a better mother than you are?
- Cry over the slightest thing?
- No longer enjoy the things you used to enjoy?
- Isolate yourself from friends, family, and/or neighbors?
- Fear leaving the house or being alone?
- Have anxiety attacks?
- Have unexplained anger?
- Have difficulty concentrating?
- Think something is wrong with you or your marriage?
- Think that you will always feels this way and never get better?
- Have anxious, scary or intrusive thoughts?
- Have difficulty bonding with baby?
If you answered YES to any of these, Bloom can help. If you answered Yes to three or more, you may have Postpartum Depression.
Postpartum Depression / Anxiety
A Mood Disorder is the MOST common complication from pregnancy
During pregnancy and following childbirth many women experience feelings such as:
- Anxiety, excessive worry and/or panic
- Frequent crying, extreme irritability, and/or anger
- Depression, sadness, or grief
- Intrusive or scary thoughts that are difficult to control
- Inability to sleep when tired, or to relax
- Low energy of forgetfulness
- Stress or feeling overwhelmed
- Severe mood swings
- Fearfulness, guilt, or shame
- Difficulty bonding with baby
- Physical symptoms such as headaches, shortness of breath, numbness/tingling, heart racing
If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Many women suffer from depression, anxiety, or other distressing emotional reactions during pregnancy or after childbirth. Women frequently struggle with similar symptoms after a miscarriage, a still birth, loss of a baby, or when experiencing infertility. Adoptive parents as well as fathers can also experience significant emotional distress during this challenging time.
Postpartum depression is a real illness, and it is treatable. Postpartum depression warning signs differ and may appear days, weeks, or even months after a pregnancy or birth. During pregnancy and postpartum approximately 10-15% of women and 10% of men experience a significant mood disorder such as depression or anxiety. Do not deny yourself the opportunity to feel good again. Do not let shame, denial, uncertainty, or embarrassment stand in the way of getting the help you need.
Infant Mental Health Counseling
Parent-Infant counseling addresses relationship issues from birth to age 5, to help avoid greater problems as the child grows. The focus is on helping young children and their caregivers form healthy, loving, nurturing, and trusting relationships with each other. Counseling includes reflecting on and exploring parenting style, increasing healthy parent-child relationship skills, and nurturing a strong healthy attachment.
Behaviors that may be indicative of emotional or mental health problems, which could benefit from Parent-Infant Counseling include:
In Infants and Toddlers
- Displays very little emotion
- Does not show interest in sights, sounds or touch
- Rejects or avoids being touched or held or playing with others
- Unusually difficult to soothe or console
- Unable to comfort or calm self
- Extremely fearful or on-guard
- Does not turn to familiar adults for comfort or help
- Exhibits sudden behavior changes
In Preschool Children
- Cannot play with others or objects
- Absence of language or communication
- Frequently fights with others
- Very sad
- Unusually fearful
- Inappropriate responses to situations (e.g., laughs instead of cries)
- Extremely active
- Loss of earlier skills (e.g., toileting, language, motor)
- Sudden behavior changes
- Very accident prone
- Destructive to self and/or others
Baby-Proofing Your Relationship
The transition to parenthood is a journey taking you from one point in your life to another with peaks and valleys along the way. This journey, with its additional challenges, transitions, and expectations, often results in exceptional strain on the new parents' marriage/partnership. In fact, research shows that within three years after the birth of a baby, approximately two out of three couples will experience a significant drop in relationship quality and have a dramatic increase in conflict and hostility. Bloom Maternal and Infant Wellness offers the following to support couples during this time:
- Bringing Baby Home™ Group Workshop
- Bringing Baby Home™ Private Class
- Couples Counseling
Bringing Baby Home
Bringing Baby Home™ is an educational program for pregnant couples and families with children up to three years of age. It was designed and created by relationship experts Drs. John and Julie Gottman, at The Relationship Research Institute in Seattle, WA. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening the parental relationship.
Dr. Gottman's research shows that couples who have participated in the Bringing Baby Home™ Program experience:
- A significantly lower rate of postpartum mood disorders and depression
- A decrease in relationship hostility
- A higher level of relationship satisfaction
- A decreased likelihood of divorce
The content of the program is designed to teach parents ways to:
- Increase friendship in their relationship
- Deal effectively with conflict
- Keep dads involved in infant care and parenting
- Improve the quality of parent-infant interaction
- Recognize the psychological and emotional needs of their child
- Co-parent effectively
Postpartum Support Intl. of Washington
24 hour Warm Line: (888) 404-PPMD(7763)
Washington State organization offering support, information and education regarding Postpartum Mood Disorders.
Postpartum Support International
Offering support, information, and education regarding Postpartum Mood Disorders.
Northwest Association of Postpartum Support (NAPS)
Postpartum doula information and referral site.
Bringing Baby Home™
Doulas of North America (DONA)
An International organization of Doulas who are trained to provide the highest quality emotional, physical, and educational support to women and their families during childbirth and the postpartum period.