There are two compelling reasons women should be provided with supportive therapeutic services during their pregnancy. The research is now overwhelmingly clear that if a mother-to-be is experiencing substantial stress, and/or mild to moderate anxiety, depression, or both, her unborn child may be adversely effected, in terms of physiological growth and harboring a critical risk factor for emotional health disturbances that persist into adolescence or beyond. According to recent research, this problem may be amplified for pregnant women treated with serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant and anxiolytic medications. Pregnancy can be conceptualized as a prolonged phase of unpredictability replete with unexpected stressful situations or daily hassles. Mothers-to-be may require sudden disability leave from employment, special circumstances such as bedrest that prevent them from fully caring for other children in the home, etc… Hence, pregnant women as a vulnerable sector of society, merit supportive emotional health services.
It is imperative that society help to keep pregnant women happy and healthy when they are caring for not only their own lives, but also lives in the womb. In modern nations such as the United States, new mothers must return to work without much concern about the needs of their newborn children. It is still a common practice for employed mothers of varying socioeconomic levels to be reduced to pumping breast milk in the bathroom stalls at their place of employment! In the United States, many mothers and mothers-to-be are single parents. Without a supportive adult partner, these women may be in greater need of supportive emotional health services and other critical resources.
PREP & SUPPORT PREGNANCY THERAPY aims to sustain and revitalize the emotional health of pregnant women. Moreover, it strives to help them prepare well for the challenges of parenting a very young child in today’s fast paced, modern society. The quality and quantity of parental attention essential to the well-being of very young children, must constantly compete with contemporary culture’s distracting technical gadgetry and social media platforms.