The Perinatal Wellness Program
Our practice offers a unique specialty of Perinatal Wellness, providing focused attention on the unique challenges women and their partners face around conception, pregnancy and motherhood. At Sage House, we are dedicated to creating space for women because we know what it’s like to live in a world that often speaks louder than our hearts. And we’re here to help you through it all, because contrary to what we’re told, we don’t have to do it alone.
So many women experience difficult emotions before and after having a baby. We (and others) expect us to be glowing and happy after bringing life into the world, but sometimes that’s just not the case. We often hear clients say, “I should be happy, but I’m not”. This can feel not only frustrating, but also scary and isolating. It can make some women feel like there is something wrong with them or that they will not be a good mother. Working with a therapist who specializes in the pregnancy journey, from conception to birth, can provide needed support and guidance. Our therapists are specially trained in perinatal mental health, which include mood and anxiety disorders in pregnancy as well as the postpartum period. For more information about our clinical training please visit Postpartum Support International.
All Feelings Are Valid Here
We know how you feel because we’ve been there. We know how isolating it is when nobody in your life understands your experience or you feel too ashamed to share how you feel. We’ll help you understand and alleviate those difficult emotions so you can get back to dedicating your attention and energy to the areas of your life that make you happiest. We work with you individually to support your feelings, wellness, and in turn, the wellness of your baby. Our clinicians are also connected to our local community, providing our clients with helpful resources and referrals to additional support as needed.
Fertility Challenges, Miscarriage and Loss
Some of the most common and yet least discussed perinatal mental health topics are fertility issues, miscarriage and loss. One in eight couples will experience fertility challenges and one in every three pregnancies will end in miscarriage, according to a National Institute of Environmental Health study. While the prevalence of loss is high there is still a gap in the public awareness surrounding just how common and devastating a loss is for couples. The sadness around the loss of a pregnancy or a baby can be isolating when it feels taboo to talk about. Couples dealing with infertility can also experience intense feelings of grief, frustration and relationship strain. We also know fertility changes over a person’s lifetime, which can cause a couple to successfully have a baby and then struggle to get pregnant again. At Sage House, we understand each person and each couple’s circumstances are unique and deserve attention.
How Therapy Can Help You Grieve
The loss of a child, miscarriage and fertility complications may bring up overwhelming emotions and many complex forms of grief. We have heard our clients say, “My heart feels broken and I just don’t know if it will ever heal”. We are here to support you on the path of grief, meaning making and ultimately healing. All feelings are valid here. It can also feel isolating when nobody in your life understands your experience, or you are too ashamed to share how you feel. We listen and provide a space to explore any and all emotions in an accepting, loving and supportive environment. Fertility challenges and loss present a deep and overwhelming form of grief. For many of us, grief comes from the experience of losing someone in our lives who we may have known for many years. This leaves a large hole in the place this person filled when they were living. For couples facing miscarriage, loss and infertility, the grief is around the child that has either not yet come into the world or was not given the opportunity to live. Manu couples experience feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness and at times feeling of low self-worth. At Sage House we know these are deep and wounding experiences and ones that can cause isolation, anxiety and depression. Sage House’s perinatal mission is to hear and validate the pain and of fertility challenges, miscarriage and loss.
We care deeply about the needs of our community and strive to advocate for those needs through our services, resources, and partnerships.
We’re not perfect. And neither are you. And that’s okay. We celebrate what your version of wellbeing looks like instead of fitting you into a predetermined box.
Therapy doesn’t always have to be heavy and serious. It can be light and playful and funny, and we take pride in cultivating an atmosphere of joy amidst transformative healing.