Counseling for Moms of NICU and Preemie Babies
This isn't what you expected. Instead of bringing your infant home after a brief stay you are running back and forth to the hospital. It's scary seeing your child hooked up to so many tubes and wires. Feeling helpless wasn't what you were hoping for. You weren't expecting time in the NICU, or maybe you knew it would happen. Either way, you weren't prepared for the reality of having a preemie. The good news is: you don't have to navigate this alone.
Common Statements from NICU parents
This is harder than we're letting on.
The NICU is a scary place.
We don't know when we're coming home.
We may not ask for help, but we could use it.
We may not want to talk about it.
Leaving our baby is heartbreaking.
Our emotions are running wild.
It might not hit us right away.
Things might never be the same.
It changes our perspective on parenting.
One of the hardest part of this experience is leaving the hospital without your baby. Your heart sank when you arrived home and walked into an empty nursery. Stress and anxiety are common feelings for NICU parents -- but so are other emotions that may not be as easy to explain or understand. Some new moms struggle to bond with their preemies. Especially if they have a traumatic birth or are unable to hold or nurse their premature baby right away. This can lead to feelings of depression, guilt and withdrawal. This may even impact their ability to care for their child once they leave the hospital.
Many parents also feel helpless. It might take a few months after bringing your baby home to feel like you have a little bit of breathing room. Once things have started to settle down, your emotions may begin to get out of control again.
Common Reasons NICU mom's come to counseling
The birth of your baby shouldn't be traumatic, but sometimes it is. If your birth experience ended with time in the NICU, you may need some extra support. Our trained therapists help you work through the complex emotions which come with having a premature baby. While everyone's experience is different, here are some common reasons NICU mom's come to therapy.
Fear that something will happen to your premature baby after coming home
Stress from keeping up with further doctors appointments
Difficulty adjusting to bringing your preemie home
It hurts to see an empty crib when you get home from the hospital. Navigating life with a premature baby or one who spends time in the NICU can be difficult. You are there for your baby every day, but moms deserve support too. We are here to help you!
Postpartum Help in Northern Virginia
We are here for you!
Postpartum Wellness provides expert individual therapy for depression or anxiety for women in Northern Virginia. We believe in the healing power of connection.
Our counselors use the latest research while offering relational, compassionate and solution-focused treatment. We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Interpersonal Therapy to provide you with a holistic approach to healing.
How Therapy Works for Parents of NICU or
Each counseling session is completely confidential and held in the comfort of our two therapy offices or in the comfort of your home. Our offices are located in McLean (1305 Vincent Place, McLean, VA 22101) and Crystal City (2261 Jefferson Davis Highway, #600, Arlington, VA 22202) . It can be hard to leave the hospital or once home, to leave the house. Ttherefore, we also offer online counseling and home-based counseling. We often work together in collaboration with your primary care physician if medication is part of your treatment. Medication and counseling can work well together, so it's helpful when your therapist and physician communicate about your symptoms, treatment and progress.
Your first counseling session is called the “intake interview.” During this first session with your therapist, we'll get to know you, go through your life story and talk about your current situation. This allows us to accurately pinpoint the problem. Then, we can work together to create a plan moving forward. From there, we meet for regular individual therapy sessions – which is where the real work begins.
Benefits of Counseling
As you begin counseling for depression or anxiety due to a baby in the NICU, you can learn to:
Break free from the depression/anxiety spiral
Relax and sleep well
Build connection and love for your child
Use coping strategies that actually work
Feel confident and have self-control
Think positively and understand your emotions
Find wellness and joy
We call our practice Postpartum Wellness
for a reason.
We started this practice because we are passionate about providing a safe and caring space for women to process their pregnancy and postpartum experiences. The silent struggle that many women experience impacts their relationships with self, partner, friends, family, colleagues, and the rest of society. The shame and stigma around pregnancy and postpartum stress needs to be recognized – and we want to be part of that change.
Counseling for Moms of Premature Infants in
Fairfax County, VA
You’re uncertain of when you’ll be able to bring your baby home, and you dream of just being able to hold her without all the wires. Or maybe you've brought your baby home, but you find yourself constantly worrying about their wellbeing. Having an infant in the NICU can be stressful, even after you are both home. However, you don’t have to navigate this alone. Our skilled therapists can help you during this difficult time, as well as helping you adjust when you come home. Contact us today to learn more about how counseling can help.
Other Services at Postpartum Wellness in Northern Virginia
The skilled therapists at Postpartum Wellness understand that there are many areas new or expecting moms might be dealing with. We help with all aspects of your parenting journey. Therefore, we offer a variety of supportive services for mom. Some of our specialties are prenatal massage, birth and postpartum doulas, postpartum anxiety treatment, counseling for military moms, infertility support and postpartum depression therapy.
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1305 Vincent Place, McLean, VA 22101
2611 Jefferson Davis Highway, #600, Arlington, VA 22202
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