Counseling or therapy during the postpartum period is sometimes helpful for the transition to parenthood.

Becoming a parent can bring up emotional issues from the past, and sometimes people feel fear or anxiety about being the parent they wish to be, or about avoiding things they feel were unhealthy about their own childhood.

If you seek counseling during this period, you can expect to work with someone skilled in these issues as well as problems that can arise during the postpartum period, such as depression and anxiety related to hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, and relationship stress. You will spend time talking with your therapist about the issues you are having, and create a plan together to help you feel better.

The plan might involve talk therapy (meeting regularly with your counselor for support and gaining understanding of what’s happening for you), a consultation for medication that might help with your symptoms, and/or talking with your partner and family to increase support during this transition time.