Reproductive Mental Health

Reproductive Mental Health

The field of Reproductive Mental Health addresses the psychological and emotional health, development, and wellbeing of women during the reproductive years as well as their children and partners. It concentrates on preventing, detecting, understanding, and treating a range of emotional challenges as well as obstetric and gynecological issues, ranging from infertility to pregnancy to menopause. It addresses developmental issues during this influential phase of life.

Emotional challenges include:

  •  Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personality Characteristics and Patterns:
    • Perfectionism
    • High expectations
    • Critical
    • Obsessive
    • Compulsive
    • Rigidity
    • Jealous
    • Helpless/dependent
    • Self-reliant/independent
    • Avoidant
    • Self-negligent
    • Self-absorbed
  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • Bonding and Attachment Problems
  • Developmental challenges and transitions
  • Relationship/Marital/Partner Issues
  • Unresolved Past Issues
  • Concerns about Parenting
  • Pregnancy Related Concerns
  • Psychosomatic Problems
  • Eating Disturbances
  • Substance Abuse
  • Addictions

Obstetric and gynecological concerns include:

  • Obstetric and gynecological health and illness
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Birth trauma
  • Pregnancy loss and stillbirth
  • Infertility and childlessness
  • Family planning
  • Menopause

Developmental issues and experiences include:

  • Transitioning to motherhood/parenthood
  • Identity as a mother/parent
  • Infant and childhood development
  • Unresolved challenges from childhood or other significant relationships
  • Parenting
  • The marital/partner relationship
  • Emotional development and emotional intelligence

See specific issues for additional topics that Emergence addresses.