Pregnancy & Postpartum Psychotherapy
Mental Wellness for the Birthing Person and Their Village.
Let’s focus on you.
A healthy baby AND healthy parents is what matters.
Lara Schoen, LMSW
Lara is a skilled mental health professional and Doula who is dedicated to providing healing space for birth workers (doulas, midwives, nurses, doctors, and adoption professionals), as well as birthing parents at all stages of the reproductive journey. Lara’s work focuses especially on the care of birth workers and parents who have experienced a traumatic birth and/or infant loss.
Hi! I’m Lara!
Childbirth is a profound experience for all who are present for it. The birthing person, their partner(s), friends and family, as well as the professional birth workers who attend to prenatal care and the birth itself, are all deeply impacted by witnessing this sacred moment.
As a Doula, I know the importance of being a support person advocating for the birthing person. As a psychotherapist, I am passionate about supporting those who support the family and the new baby. As birth workers, we are often left out of the discussion around birth trauma and infant loss. Yet, we are deeply affected, too. I am here to be a witness and hold space for you.
Additionally, new parents or parents who have lost a child through miscarriage or stillbirth often feel alone and invisible. The lack of support around childbirth and child loss leaves people isolated and scrambling for support and answers, all while managing caring for an infant or experiencing profound grief.
Full-Spectrum Reproductive Mental Wellness
Having a baby is deeply personal. And deeply complicated. Each person’s journey is unique and impacted by factors often known only to them.
Whether you are recovering from your first childbirth, grieving a miscarriage, contemplating or healing from an abortion, or preparing to welcome your rainbow baby, I am here to help.
It is normal and common to have complicated feelings following childbirth. The transition to parenthood includes many enormous changes that can literally happen overnight. It is common to feel happy about baby and grieve the life you had before.
It is normal to feel grief for the birth you wanted, but did not get to have.
It is normal to feel happy for the baby that is here and grieve deeply for the one that is not.
Many people experience depression and anxiety following birth. Some have distressing thoughts and think there is something wrong.
Many people struggle in the transition to parenthood. It is one of the most challenging experiences we will have.
We can think that becoming a parent should be easy. For many people, it is not.
During this time, the more support we have, the more we will thrive.
I look forward to being a part of your support system.
Parenting Recipes for Nurturing Nourishment
Are you a new parent (or a new-again!) parent?
Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the pressure to feed your little one(s) perfectly?
Feeling guilty because you aren’t pureeing organic fruits and vegetables?
Being judged for breast/chest feeding or not-breast/chest feeding?
Listen, society makes it harder than it has to be.
Fed is best and we’ve created a beautiful “cookbook” of recipes for focusing on relationship over rules when it comes to feeding ourselves and our little ones.
There is no one “right” way to feel.
Everyone’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth is unique.
Each story deserves a caring witness. Each parent deserves to feel seen and validated. If you are struggling, you are not alone.
Many factors make pregnancy and the postpartum period challenging.
I’m here to listen and walk with you on your path of healing to joyful parenthood.
I support people who may be experiencing:
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss
- Postpartum Depression/Anxiety
- Birth Trauma
- Birth Story Processing & Healing
- Birth of a Rainbow Baby
- Therapy for Birth-Workers
- Eco/Nature Therapy
- Life Transitions
“There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world.”
People who have lost a child through miscarriage or stillbirth often feel isolated while trying to process grief so profound that there simply are no words to describe the pain. Surrounded by people who don’t know what to say or who say the wrong things can increase the feelings of loss and isolation. Partnerships can become strained. The sense of the world moving on while you are shattered can feel disorienting.
Therapy can provide a safe place to speak the unspeakable. When there are no words, therapy that allows processing in non-verbal ways can powerfully support healing.
When you feel ready to reach out, I am here to listen.