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Chester, NJ Therapist

Risa Simpson-Davis, LCSW
Owner/Clinical Director
Couples/Marriage Counselor

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Sarah Kimelblatt-Devries, LCSW, MSW
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(732) 742-0329

31 Fairmount Avenue
Suite 205

Chester, NJ 07930

Serving Chester NJ, Flanders, Long Valley, Bedminster, and other surrounding areas in Morris County, Warren County, Sussex County, Hunterdon County, Essex County, and virtually to all of New Jersey


Postpartum Depression

Therapy in Chester, NJ

Is having a baby not what you expected?

Are you feeling overwhelmed, sad or depressed?

Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?

Having upsetting thoughts that you cant' get out of your head?

Are you ashamed or embarrassed about your feelings?
You always thought the the birth of a baby is "supposed to be" a joyful experience. You, like many other women have been looking foward to be being a mommy since you were a little girl. Unfortunately though,  your pregancy, birth or postpartum period is not living  up to your expectations.

 Many women experience mood changes following the birth of their baby which is often called the "baby blues". Due to hormonal changes, symptoms are mild and may include crying, feeling overwhelmed, and fatigue. These symptoms last no more than 2 days to 2 weeks.

However, 10 to 25% of women develop more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety during the perinatal period. The term "perinatal" refers to the time period when a women is pregnant and/or up to one year after childbirth. 

Some symptoms of postpartum depression you may be experiencing include:
  • anxiety or feeling overwhelmed
  • sadness, and crying
  • lack of feelings toward baby
  • inability to take care of self, baby or other childen
  • Loss of interest, joy, or pleasure
  • mood swings
  • anger and irritability
  • social isolation
  • guilt or shame
  • change in appetite and/or sleep disturbances
  • thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

Although the term "Postpartum Depression" is often  used to describe Perinatal Mood Disorders, there is actually a spectrum of other disorders that can affect mothersduring this time. They include:


  • Postpartum Panic Disorder 
  • Postpartum Obssessive-Compulsive Disorder 
  • Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Postpartum Psychosis
Without appropriate intervention, Postpartum Depression and other Perinatal Mood Disorders can have long term adverse implications for  the mother and baby. It can also indirectly affect her husband/partner and put a strain on their relationship and the entire family. 
Mothers with Postpartum Depression and/or other Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders need to know:
For information about postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders
Please contact Risa Simpson-Davis, LCSW
[email protected]
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