Most parents envision having an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy, full-term baby. When babies are born early, or with serious medical issues, parents can experience significant grief, trauma and distress. NICU experiences can be long, frightening, and emotionally taxing. Research shows that up to 70 percent of NICU mothers experience postpartum depression, and approximately 40 percent of parents with a baby in the NICU meet the criterion for post-traumatic stress disorder. Many more parents have symptoms of post-traumatic distress, including nightmares, flashbacks, panic, or hypervigilance. Over time, parents may develop depression, anxiety, insomnia, numbness, or anger.
Importantly, for many parents, these symptoms and emotions do not disappear when their baby comes home and months later, they may remain in distress. Feelings of isolation may increase after leaving the hospital where nurses, social workers, and hospital volunteers may have provided necessary support. Coping with their traumatic experience, and attempting to parent an infant, may feel terrifying and overwhelming.
If you can relate to these feelings, I want you to know that I am here to help. I have both personal experience with a premature delivery and NICU stay, and extensive professional experience working with parents of preemies and medically fragile babies. I am specially trained to treat trauma, postpartum distress, and the other problems associated with having a premature or sick baby. Using a variety of therapeutic tools and approaches, I help moms and dads recover and heal from this traumatic experience so that they can focus on parenting and feel well again. I would welcome the opportunity to work with you on your path towards restoration.