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In 2020 58,670 people gave birth
Around, 1 in 6 couples in NZ experience infertility and 1 in 8 require some form of medical assistance to achieve a pregnancy.
Postnatal depression affects 10-20% of new mothers
Miscarriage affects approximately 1 in every 4 women
for many individuals, their pregnancy journey is not plain sailing. At KTS, we support person at every point of this journey.
Infertility has the potential to affect every area of your life. It might have an impact on how you feel about yourself, how you interact with other people, and how you view the world. The joys, worries, and difficulties of fertility treatments are difficult to comprehend until you go through them. Your personality and life experiences will determine how you handle these emotions. Most people can gain strength through the assistance of friends, family, medical professionals, and mental health specialists.
At KTS, we are conscious that fertility treatment involves both a medical procedure and an emotional and psychological journey. And we are confident that your journey will go more smoothly if you have a good support system around you. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, or are so focused on your infertility that it is difficult for you to live a useful life, you might also consider seeking counselling. If you feel "stuck" and need to consider your choices, you might also wish to get counselling.
Pre and Postnatal Support
Prenatal counselling supports mental wellness while the baby is in the womb by assisting individuals in sorting through various emotions they may be feeling. This is not just for expecting mothers but also partners and families with children.
Many individuals struggle with their body image and find it difficult to accept the changes their bodies undergo during pregnancy. At KTS, we can support pregnant people in managing body image triggers and challenging harmful attitudes and behaviours. We believe pregnant individuals who get help with their body image are more prepared to deal with the physical changes after giving birth and are better able to accept—and even embrace—their postpartum bodies.
Expectations and advice
New parents are under a lot of pressure when it comes to having a baby, especially those that give birth. They are continually reminded of the countless mistakes they are making and the numerous other things that could go wrong. Counselling can support the sifting through all the information on how to 'do' parenting and what to do with the 'ideal' mother pictures portrayed on social media. Whilst keeping in mind that there is no ideal way to parent.
Anxiety and depression
Some individuals experience pregnancy anxiety or depression as a result of their prenatal worries, and pregnancy's natural ups and downs become significantly worse. Unfortunately, these mental health issues frequently go untreated, which can provide significant difficulties for both them and their infants. In addition to being significant risk factors for postpartum depression, anxiety and depression during pregnancy have also been connected to issues like preterm birth, temperamental infants, and behavioural and emotional issues in children. These mental health issues can be detected early through counselling and equipping individuals with life-changing coping mechanisms.
Unfortunately, labour rarely goes as expected. KTS can support individuals who have undergone traumatic childbirth, such as an emergency C-section or an assisted delivery. Flashbacks, nightmares, and panic attacks are a few things that these people may experience months after birth and again throughout subsequent pregnancies. We use a variety of strategies to assist our clients in overcoming challenging memories and maintaining their attention on the actual pregnancy and birthing process.
At Kōwhai Therapeutic Services we work with clients across New Zealand with our office based in Wellington
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 7.00 pm
Phone numbers: Stephanie 0274154715 & Sam 0212610540
Address: 32 Somes Crescent, Newlands, Wellington 6037, New Zealand
We are always happy to answer your questions. If you happen to contact us outside of our business hours, we will get back to you as soon as possible.