Perinatal and Postpartum Counseling for Parents

Currently, 1 in 5 mothers experience a maternal mental health disorder – such as postpartum depression – yet less than 15%  receive treatment. However, we understand that it's not solely the birth mothers who may find the perinatal period difficult. All parents – birth or non-birth – may suffer from a postpartum disorder and may benefit from mental health counseling.

Postpartum Depression & PTSD Virtual Check ins

Mother with child

For parents who experience a traumatic childbirth or the loss of a child, developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression can be common. Even with normal childbirth, many parents develop postpartum depression or increased anxiety. A postpartum disorder can happen after the birth of any child – regardless of if it's your first born or your last.

Studies show that treatment is extremely effective for postpartum disorders, yet hard to get with a newborn at home. Because of this, Central Iowa Psychological Services offers virtual perinatal consultations – or telehealth "check ins" – for parents so postpartum counseling can be set up and received from the comfort of home, with your newborn and/or partner nearby.

Getting started

Our team of psychologists, nurse practitioners, licensed therapists, and other behavioral health providers are specialized and trained to help all birth and non-birth parents receive the treatment they need during the perinatal period. To get started, simply request an appointment for a virtual postpartum mental health check in using the button below, during which our providers can help determine and schedule additional treatment directly if needed.

Please note, while we attempt to schedule as quickly as possible, request forms submitted outside of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm will receive appointment responses during business hours.

If you have additional questions, please call us at 515-233-1122.

Contact Our Postpartum Counseling Providers

Please reach out to Sarah Crouse with any questions or to hear more about our team.

Sarah Crouse

Sarah Crouse, MA, T-LMHC

In my practice, I believe in the importance of connection, vulnerability, acceptance and a shared goal for growth.  As a therapist, I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, stress and major life changes.  Working with perinatal disorders, including supporting mothers through pregnancy and postpartum life, is an area that I specialize in and enjoy working with.  I also enjoy working with adolescents and young adults as they navigate major life stressors and changes.

In my training, I have completed a Master’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and am working towards a Perinatal Mental Health Certificate (PMH-C). I look forward to working with you!