Perinatal Occupational Therapy
What is it?
Perinatal occupational therapy combines the scope of occupational therapy and perinatal mental health to provide a holistic and practical approach during the perinatal period and to promote the health and wellness of the family unit.
The perinatal period includes the prenatal (time during pregnancy) and postpartum (first year after the baby is born) periods. According to Postpartum Support International, 1 in 7 women and 1 in 10 men develop a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder during the perinatal period. While depression is the most common perinatal mood disorder, anxiety disorders are common as well (general anxiety, panic, obsessions/compulsions, birth-related post-traumatic stress, bipolar mood, psychosis, etc).