Fertility treatment can sometimes feel like a roller coaster of emotional and physical ups and downs. Our fertility Psychologist works with the medical and nursing team to support you throughout your journey.
Our comprehensive and confidential counselling service is provided to all patients undergoing infertility treatment, including those considering IVF and past patients who’d like further support.
Our experienced counsellors are available before, during and after your fertility treatment, whenever you feel you need further support or strategies to manage your treatment more confidently. Our services include:
- Pre-treatment counselling
- Supportive counselling
- Donor and surrogacy counselling
IVF’s supportive counselling could help with:
- prepare for fertility treatments, and explore the options and implications when making decisions about starting, changing or stopping treatments
- deal with the emotional impact of treatment
- work on relationship issues that may arise as a result of treatment or may be affecting your treatment
- cope with unsuccessful treatment cycles or pregnancy losses
- develop coping strategies for dealing with other people’s pregnancies, births and children
- deal with the reactions of families, friends and work colleagues
- explore ways to help you feel more in control
- manage the anxieties of pregnancy and preparation for parenthood
- deal with the specific issues related to donor treatment cycles and surrogacy
Pregnancy & Psychotherapy
Having a child can be one of the most joyful experiences available to human beings. It can change lives for the better, give us new meaning and purpose, and strengthen our romantic partnerships. On the other hand, it can also be stressful (it is almost certain to be at least a little bit stressful at times), strain relationships, trigger all kinds of difficult or confusing emotions, and, if there are complications, such as health issues or financial difficulties, can result in grief, major life changes (beyond the obvious changes required by any pregnancy and birth), and a variety of unpredictable challenges. Unplanned pregnancies can create intense strain. New parents’ unrealistic expectations or lack of preparedness can lead to myriad troubles. Being a parent is perhaps “the toughest job you’ll ever love,” and the most wonderful job you’ll ever drive yourself up a wall over. It’s great, and it’s hard!
- Psychological Issues that may Arise from Pregnancy
- Pre and Post-Pregnancy Depression
- How Psychotherapy Can Help with Pregnancy and Birthing Issues
- Difficulty Deciding Whether to Keep Child – Case Example
- Relationship Difficulties after Birthing
How Psychotherapy Can Help with Pregnancy and Birthing Issues
With support, raising children, even those with special needs, can be a wonderful experience; without support, it can be harrowing and upsetting on a daily basis. A familial or social support network is essential to the happiness and well-being of both parents and children. Therapy cannot replace such support, but it can be a stopgap measure if such support is lacking, it can help parents develop better support networks, and it can supplement even the best support network by providing additional information and resources and by offering a neutral, supportive space for parents to process thoughts and emotions and renew their spirit.
When a baby arrives it is usually a special time. However nearly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men experience postnatal depression (PND). The good news is that with early identification and treatment most fully recover with no long-term effects for themselves, their baby or other members of their family.
Postnatal Depression Facts
- Around 15% of women and 10% of men develop postnatal depression
- Postnatal depression occurs in all cultures and socio-economic classes and can happen to child-bearing women of all ages
- The symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe
- It can begin during pregnancy, suddenly after birth, or gradually in the weeks or months following delivery
- It can happen after miscarriage, stillbirth, normal delivery or caesarean delivery
- It happens mostly after the first baby but can recur after any other pregnancy.
Do I have postnatal depression? Should I seek postnatal depression counselling?
Postnatal depression is more that the ‘baby blues’, which affects about 80% of new mothers and usually occur between the third and tenth day after birth. Symptoms include tearfulness, anxiety, mood fluctuations and irritability. The ‘blues’ are transient and will pass with understanding and support.
You should consider getting a professional assessment and advice on postnatal depression treatment if one or more of the following apply:
- you continually feel exhausted, depressed, anxious, angry or unable to cope with your baby and daily activities that would normally be easy
- You are always tired but have trouble sleeping, even when your baby is asleep
- Your appetite is disturbed – you feel you have to force yourself to eat or you overeat to cope with anxiety
- Your mind is continually racing, small worries consume you
- You are worried that you are not bonding with your baby and/or are not confident about caring for your baby
- You have difficulty in making simple decisions, cry uncontrollably, and feel guilty or inadequate.
Why is Postnatal Depression treatment so important?
If postnatal depression is not treated you may have unnecessary on-going suffering that affects your emotional well-being and your relationship with your baby. Other relationships with your partner, family members or friends may also suffer. With early identification and treatment most people fully recover and have no long-term effects.
OUR CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
DR MUNIA BHATTACHARYA
PROFILE & EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Dr Munia Bhattacharya is a Clinical Psychologist and an expert in the psychology of peak performance in the areas of infertility, pregnancy, antenatal & postnatal depression.
She has a Master’s degree with PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calcutta. A consultant for several Hospitals, across Delhi-NCR, she has professional training in hypnotherapy, cognitive behavior Therapy, Family counselling, Psychological testing and assessment.
Dr. Munia has been a consulting psychologist and counselor. She has conducted several motivation, empowerment and self-growth training programs and has served as a peak performance consultant.