For more than thirty years, Lois has been providing private counseling to pregnant women, new mothers, and many other women who are experiencing difficult transitions, losses or anxiety. Within a confidential setting, she creates a sacred space to explore emotions and facilitate healing.
The period from pregnancy through postpartum is an important developmental stage in a woman’s life. This time presents a special opportunity for women to explore the many emotions that may arise as a result of the profound act of giving birth. As women prepare to give birth, many find it helpful to share their feelings, thoughts, questions and concerns with a professional.
For the woman who felt her birth was traumatic or finds herself crying or feeling angry, some private, supportive sessions may be quite healing.
Motherless women, women whose own mothers have passed away, either in recent years or when they were children, can be vulnerable to feelings of sadness and grief as they themselves embark on new motherhood. The loss of this most intimate relationship can be monumental. Even women whose mothers are alive may experience feelings of “mother loss,” a yearning for more compassion than their mothers are able to provide. Talking about these difficult emotions can be the first step towards healing.
Lois also has a particular interest and expertise in helping women and couples prepare for VBAC, vaginal birth after cesarean. While women who have healthy babies often feel relief and gratitude, those who undergo an unexpected cesarean sometimes feel disappointment or grief. Processing any fear or feelings of regret from a previous birth experience can be an important part of preparing for a subsequent pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum period.
Women who have lost a baby, either before or during childbirth, or during the child's infancy, must have the opportunity to grieve and process the feelings of devastation that follow such a profound event. Lois creates a safe environment for women and couples to acknowledge and experience these profoundly difficult emotions, and to work towards healing.
Finally, women at any stage of life face issues around relationships, family and professional life. Lois assists women who have faced losses or traumas by working towards gentle, compassionate healing.
In these unprecedented times, it is so important to take care of ourselves. The constantly changing news, stress, and isolation may present many challenges and emotions for women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. I am offering remote private sessions to help women navigate the feelings that may be arising at this time. In these sessions, I will help women process their thoughts and feelings as they prepare to give birth and become mothers. We will discuss self-care strategies to help get through these challenging times.
For more information or questions, please contact me at Lois@LoisFreedman.net or 617.543.1270.