In this episode, we continue the important conversation of maternal mental health with Dr. Amanda Freeman. Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice at the Headway Therapy Group. She also sits on the board as the training chair for the Postpartum Health Alliance (postpartumhealthalliance.org). She is passionate about making the experience of motherhood a joyful and fulfilling time. Her private practice focuses on women and mothers, and offers support, education, and therapy. Amanda also has three children, who fill her life outside of work, with lots of activity and laughter.
Today, we discuss some of the roadblocks to mental health, specifically within the shifting identity that a woman may experience as she enters motherhood. We also examine some of the “myths” surrounding motherhood, the stigma surrounding postpartum depression and perinatal mental health, and emotions or beliefs that may arise through battles with infertility. We also discuss the important work of the Postpartum Health Alliance, and their mission to provide support to both women as well as physicians and medical practitioners within the San Diego area.
For more information on Amanda’s practice, please visit: www.headwaytherapygroup.com.
If you or a loved one is dealing with an issue of maternal mental health, please visit postpartumhealthalliance.org. You can also reach them via phone at: 619-254-0023, or you can email them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, if you are thinking about hurting yourself or your baby, please get help right away by calling 1-800-PPDMOMS (1-800-479-3339).
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