Will you be the 1 in 5?

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum is a big problem, not just for 1 in 5 women, but for their partners and children as well. Left untreated, it can lead to lasting consequences for the family, and even death. Stigma – the fear of embarrassment and shame – keeps us from telling our friends, “this is tough” or “I’m struggling.” Fortunately, more new parents have been getting real and sharing openly and honestly about their struggles.

Even better, the medical community is FINALLY noticing, too. OB/GYNs have always been good about screening blood pressure and urine, but they are finally admitting postpartum depression is the single most common complication of childbirth. Last year ACOG  updated their postpartum protocol to check in with moms more often and to ask about both mental and physical health. Now we want systems to prevent mood and anxiety disorders.

We can prevent perinatal depression?

Yes!! The United States Preventative Services Task Force is an independent group of national experts in prevention medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings and interventions.

They systematically looked at all of the possible interventions – not just to treat perinatal depression – but to actually PREVENT it. Because, how great could it be if those 1 in 5 parents didn’t get depressed in the first place? They did a systematic review of several known ways to treat and prevent perinatal depression.

The task force looked at exercise, medication, education, breastfeeding support, sleep coaches, yoga, expressive writing, birth story debriefing (and don’t get me wrong, all of that can be helpful and I often recommend them). But the only two interventions proven to have a sizable effect in preventing the likelihood that a woman would develop postpartum depression were the two types of counseling or psychotherapy they studied.

We often use both Interpersonal Psychotherapy (or IPT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to TREAT perinatal depression and anxiety. And both were shown to significantly help prevent the likelihood that someone even gets depressed.

But counseling is expensive, far away,
more than I need…

I often hear barriers to counseling.

  • Do you have trouble finding someone that takes your insurance?
  • Are you so busy with prenatal appointments, you can’t take more time off work to see a therapist?
  • Are you not sure you need psychotherapy, but want to learn strategies to prevent postpartum mood and anxiety disorders?

What if you could learn how to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety…

  • From your own home – anywhere in the world?
  • With a combination of videos, reading and journaling?
  • At any time that works for you?
  • On your own schedule, at your own pace?
  • From your own computer, tablet or phone?
  • In 8 classes for the cost of one therapy session?

About the Instructor

Hi! I’m so glad you are interested in learning how to be in the best of mental health! Pregnancy and postpartum can be one of the most amazing times in our lives, or one of the worst.

I have been a mental health professional for over 20 years, but it wasn’t until I had my own children that I became passionate about supporting new parents. Personally, the time after my first baby was born did hit me like a ton of bricks. No one had prepared me at all for the mood changes, the pressures, or the anxiety of being a new parent.

Over the last five years, I have been fortunate to have a full private practice in San Diego supporting perinatal mental health. But I don’t have enough hours in the day! OB/GYNs and other therapists keep referring clients to me and I simply do not have enough time to help everyone. I have been humbled and honored to witness the difference support and education can make to new families.

Education is not a replacement for therapy. In therapy you are fully seen and heard. But I have found over the years successful ways to help manage anxiety and depression. When I keep repeating myself and find it works for almost everyone, then I know I am on to something… What is even better is that we can PREVENT PPD! I have helped so many of my clients develop personalized plans to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety.

Now, I know I can do the same for you.

TV Interviews

Abigail Burd, LCSW, San Diego Psychotherapist, Interviewed about
Prevention of Postpartum Depression.

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