Postnatal Wellbeing- After Baby Arrives

Transition to Parenthood

With so many changes in the transition to parenthood, it can be hard to know whether your feelings are ‘normal’.  It takes time to adjust to the transition for yourself and your family, you need time to feel comfortable and find your way in parenting.

You may be feeling overwhelmed or you may simply need some support as you adjust to parenthood. Our Mornington psychologists are committed to exploring ways to facilitate joyful, confident parenting and a secure, loving bond between parents and infants.

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Postnatal Depression and Postnatal Anxiety

It can be hard to know how to meet your needs whilst meeting the needs of your baby. We understand how debilitating postnatal depression and postnatal anxiety can be, especially when you have a child to care for.  We will work with you to improve your postnatal mental health and support you in developing your relationship with your baby.  

You may have just started to notice you are worrying more, becoming anxious about things that normally wouldn't bother you. You may  be feeling, flat, detached, or irritable. Help is avaiable. Our team of perinatal psychologists are here to support you. 

When we begin to know ourselves in an open and self-supportive way, we take the first step to encourage our children to know themselves.
– Daniel J Siegel

Bonding with your Baby

Many mums and dads wish to parent differently to how they were raised.  There may be things about your upbringing that you want to bring forward into your own parenting, and aspects that you don’t.  We can explore these themes with you as you transition into being the parent you want to be. 

You may want to come into the practice and see one our Mornington perinatal psychologists or see one our online psychologists for individual therapy. Or you might be interested in joining one of our Circle of Security groups


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Relationship with your partner

The transition to parenthood puts enormous pressure on a relationship. We know that 67% of couples experience a significant drop in relationship satisfaction after the birth of a child. You may find yourself becoming more irritable or notice that you are increasingly criticising your partner.  You may be struggling to find time to spend together, you might feel disconnected or being having difficulties with intimacy. You may find yourselves fighting over things that were never an issue before- arguing over money, feeling unsupported and not heard, or both feeling you don’t get enough time on your own.

You might want to attend a workshop to develop your skills, or re-prioritise your relationship with a retreat or perhaps regular appointments with a Mornington psychologist or online psychologist might be what you need to improve communication and build connection.

 Couples Counselling 

Common reasons for parents seeking help after their baby is born.

  • Postnatal depression
  • Postnatal anxiety
  • Adjustment to parenthood
  • Adjustment following a premature or multiple birth
  • Unsettled or sick infants
  • Feeling irritable or guilty
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling alone
  • Difficulties with breast-feeding
  • Lack of enjoyment in parenting
  • Having difficulty developing a bond with your baby
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Maintaining couple intimacy

We believe everyone has the capacity for change and therefore, provide an open, supportive environment that nurtures growth.

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