being pregnant, or starting your own family can involve many stressors. You may feel like you have no time for yourself, your friends, your hobbies, or your partner! Or you may feel societal guilt for not spending "enough" time with your baby or child.
Each stage of your child's development (from baby, toddler, child, pre-teen, teenager, young adult, adult) will have its different challenges, and ask different things from you and your family.
Therapy is a space for parents to explore all the varying emotions and thoughts that come with family planning, parenting, family dynamics, and maintaining your identity.
Being an Anti-Patriarchal/Feminist Parent
To parent in a progressive, anti-patriarchal, feminist style means allowing your child to be as open, emotional, and free as possible. Essentially, it's about giving your child (regardless of gender) accepting and validating space to explore their gender, sexuality, bodies, and interest (such as allowing them to choose their own toys and clothing freely). As a parent, it also means modeling a respectful and equal relationship with their other parent; which often means equally assigning family chores/duties, and not perpetuating specific-gender-only activities, colors, items, things or careers, while honoring and recognizing intersectionality (race, class, gender, religion, etc...).
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
are a group of disorders that includes depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, which develop DURING pregnancy or after childbirth.
Fathers can also experience said emotional struggles before or after the birth of young.
Therapy can help in exploring and processing the unpleasant feelings and thoughts one may have when they are going through PMAD.
Therapy can also help in increasing coping strategies.
Parenting can bring many different feelings, including
It's free and life-affirming.
The thought of your joy somehow disappearing can bring fear, which may be best utilized to practice gratitude, not control over your joy.