Regardless of whether you’re young or old, whether it’s your first kid or your fourth, all parents should receive some form of counseling. Believe it or not, there are other forms of counseling than going to a doctor’s office and spilling your guts all over your doctor’s desk. Talking to a doctor is a reasonable thing to do, but you can also talk to your friends and family. You can join or form a support group for families. Books, mentors, and other woman who have been pregnant are all great sources of counseling.
Books and Groups
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is definitely the most popular pregnancy book on the market, and it has been for a number of years. It’s full of useful tips that can help parents prepare for the baby.
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin is a great book for fathers, partners, and other family members. It helps them to understand the crazy pregnant woman who used to be so sweet and thoughtful.
Planned Parenthood offers help and support to all parents in need. A friend of mine said she sought and found help in an online chat room. She was able to talk to other first-time mothers who shared her concerns.
A Family Affair
About 20 percent of women experience depression and mood swings during pregnancy. This can cause tension in the home. Counseling for every immediate family member is crucial before a baby is born. Parents need to ready for the first few weeks after the baby is born. Family members’ roles change, and some family members may experience stress or jealousy. Parents who have other children need to prepare them for the arrival and assure them they won’t be forgotten. Some hospitals offer classes for brothers and sisters to take before the baby is born. Remember, the best counseling doesn’t need to cost any money. The support of family can be just as effective, if not better.