What is Prenatal Counseling?
posted: Jan. 18, 2021.
So many women can benefit from prenatal counseling but yet they don’t. Here’s what it could do for you.
While pregnancy can be a wonderful and momentous experience, we also know that it’s not the same glowing, positive journey for every woman. Social media can betray us with those adorable bump photos and gorgeous baby-moon photoshoots in flowing dresses and perfect beach sunsets. However, your body is changing so much and our Tampa, FL, pediatricians Dr. Elizabeth Yakubu and Dr. Alrick Drummond understand that sometimes you need to sit down with a qualified expert to assuage your anxieties and concerns about pregnancy and childbirth. We’re here to help.
What is prenatal counseling?
Most people mix up prenatal counseling with prenatal care, but they are completely different. Prenatal care includes the routine checkups you’ll receive from an OBYN throughout the course of your pregnancy, while prenatal counseling is a time for soon-to-be-parents (especially moms!), as well as families to sit down with our Tampa, FL, pediatricians to get the counseling, advice, resources, and assurance they need during their pregnancy.
We know that pregnancy has a ton of ups and downs and that women may deal with everything from mental health issues due to these hormonal fluctuations to concerns about whether they’re going to be a good mom. Prenatal counseling can provide you with the guidance and support you need from our team of expert pediatricians who already get to know you and your partner before we even get to provide care for your little one. Prenatal counseling can also help establish rapport with our team well in advance so that you feel confident that we can provide your newborn with what they need.
Is prenatal counseling right for me?
If you’re feeling confused, frustrated, or simply have questions about your pregnancy or childbirth, then you could benefit from prenatal counseling. Here are some of the top reasons expectant moms come into our practice for prenatal counseling,
- Body image issues (including postpartum changes)
- Stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues
- Personal expectations and familial pressures
- Trauma (often associated with traumatic childbirth)
Prenatal counseling can provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions about your pregnancy and delivery, as well as both you and your child’s health. It can also put your mind at ease and help create a smoother transition into motherhood.
If you would like to schedule a prenatal consultation with our Tampa and Riverview, FL, pediatricians, then call Children's Health Center at (813) 914-7772 or (813) 677-222.