Pregnancy and the birth of a child is a time of massive physical, psychological, emotional and social change for women. How a person adapts to these significant changes in their life, and also how their partners and other loved ones adapt, can impact on her mental health. The peri-natal period is a vulnerable period for women, particularly when already under stress or if there is a history of anxiety, depression or other mental health issues. Seeking timely and helpful support at this critical point has a huge influence on the individual mother, but also her baby and the development of their relationship.

Mindwell offers counselling support to anyone:

  • Planning a pregnancy or currently pregnant
  • Adjusting to the idea of becoming a parent
  • Wanting to prepare psychologically for the arrival of your baby
  • With a history of mental health issues related to pregnancy or birth
  • Having experienced miscarriage
  • Having experienced trauma or loss related to pregnancy or birth
  • Experiencing symptoms of anxiety or changes in mood related to pregnancy or birth of a child

We can also provide therapeutic support in helping people adjust to parenthood by:

  • Exploring thoughts and feelings related to this life change
  • Exploring changes in identity and roles
  • Understanding past or present attachment issues in the transition to motherhood
  • Managing new family dynamics and family relationships

The Inter-generational transmission of attachment

Psychologists are interested in how a women’s identity changes from being a child who is dependent on her own mother, to a parent who has a child depending on her. In adapting to this enormous change, women tap into their own relationship history with their mother/caregiver. These memories of mothering that we identify with and repeat most powerfully are mostly unconscious, stored in the procedural memory. In this way, the quality and style of attachment that one experienced as a child has a significant impact on one’s own mothering. This is how our attachment style is transmitted inter-generationally and unconsciously. Psychodynamic therapy can be helpful in uncovering these unconscious patterns, bringing them into awareness and working through any unresolved issues that exist in the mother-child relationship. Engaging in therapy during the perinatal period can help women navigate this transition to understand and enrich their mother-infant relationships.