Matrescence = On Becoming a New Mom

Distress and discomfort do not equal disease or disorder. Sure, there’s a time and place and necessity to apply a diagnosis around perinatal mood disorders when applicable. However, the presumptive nature of automatically pathologizing motherhood undermines actually empowering new mothers as they birth themselves and the new lives they’ve just been handed. Whether your experience qualifies as a diagnosable disorder or not, the bottom line is you’ve entered a new world and deserve more support than our culture tends to offer.

While often new mothers feel isolated (that can be an understatement!) wondering what’s normal and what needs more support, as a psychotherapist specializing in maternal mental health, I’d say ALL new mothers need various types of support. Whether you qualify for a clinical diagnosis of postpartum depression, anxiety or psychosis, or feel overwhelmed in 473 different ways, you need to know you are not alone, and options are available.

Wherever you are in your journey, check out this excellent TED Talk by reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Alexandra Sacks on how we birth ourselves as mothers when becoming a mother (in all the ways).

“When a baby is born, so is a mother -- but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. In this quick, informative talk, reproductive psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks breaks down the emotional tug-of-war of becoming a new mother -- and shares a term that could help describe it: matrescence.”

Are you a new or seasoned mother interested in exploring a holistic, creative, mindful way of mothering while maintaining your own sense of self? Contact me for a 15-minute phone consultation to see if therapy might be a good fit for you.

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