Becoming new parents or adding a new child to the family has a deep impact on the life of the couple relationship. The postpartum period can be seen to include the three years after the baby is born. These first three years for new parents are especially delicate. According to Dr. John Gottman of the Gottman Relationship Institute, the highest rate of divorce is three years after a baby is born. Couples are often challenged with how to support each other in their different roles as new parents or parents adjusting to an another child. Sometimes anger and resentment and loneliness build barriers that seem insurmountable.
Also, negative or ambivalent feelings about parenting may arise for parents associated to their own personal history in their family of origin.
Therapy can help the postpartum couple work with the deep issues that might be interfering with their closeness as well as how to support each other and to find the time to nurture their relationship.
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