“Around 80% of new mothers will experience a change in their mental health in the first year after giving birth. Some experience a change while they are pregnant. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) include depression, anxiety or OCD, Bipolar disorder, PTSD and psychosis. PMADs do not discriminate: they affect people of every race, every level of income, every age, and even all genders. It is quite common, and it is important to know that it is not your fault, you are not alone and there is help”, (https://www.pphatx.org).
Angela is here to help you.
In 2002 Angela began her work with postpartum maternal mental health. She started at the Vista Community Clinic in Vista, California providing social services to teen moms and their babies. She saw the support that new moms need and the support lacking in the community.
From this work, Angela became trained as a Lactation Educator so that she could better inform and support the moms she worked with. This set the foundation for Angela’s work with mothers, fathers, infants, and families as a whole in the years to come.
Angela has served as a volunteer board member with nonprofits supporting perinatal care and women’s health. She has facilitated support groups for new moms and has created classes and trainings for new parents with a focus on the adult attachment bond of the couple. Angela has received clinical training with Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net) and keeps up with the latest research and best practices to support parents.
She has a specialization in supporting parents of children with special needs and accommodates parents through video therapy services when needed.
Angela is a mom to three of the best kiddos she knows. She experienced postpartum anxiety and depression with all three. Her particular anxiety and depression presented as fear of leaving the house, scary thoughts, intense irritability, anger, and worry of harm to her babies that kept her up at night.
Your experience is important to Angela and she will hold you in both your fears and heartache. She will help you to move forward and support you through the steps. You do not have to walk this alone.
Getting postpartum support is a necessary element of supporting you so that you can be present with your baby and create that secure attachment bond.
A quote from “Nesting with Grace” found on pintrest:
“Don’t be so hard on yourself. The mom in E.T. had an alien living in her house for days and didn’t notice”.