Clinical Social Worker
Official "Ask the Expert"
Gretchen Mallios is the Board President of Postpartum Health Alliance, a San Diego based non-profit. Since 1998, PHA has served women, their families and their care providers, by providing support, information, resources, and referrals related to pregnancy and postpartum depression, anxiety and other perinatal related disorders. In addition to serving on the Board of PHA, Gretchen is a Certified EMDR Therapist in practice in Mission Valley. She specializes in maternal mental health, parenting issues, early childhood mental health, attachment, and trauma.
Episodes for this expert
Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of great joy, unfortunately, at least one in ten pregnant women suffers from bouts of prenatal anxiety and depression. What typically triggers these feelings, and how do you know when extra support is needed?
Sometimes parenting doesn’t turn out the way we planned. We may envision our birth plan unfolding perfectly, followed by days, weeks, months or years of complete happiness as we watch our children grow. But reality can look much different. What happens when our expectations aren’t fulfilled? How can that lead to depression and fears of failure as a new mother?
After you have your baby, you may be experiencing a wide range of emotions. If you’re not feeling completely elated shortly after the birth of your baby- don’t worry, that can be completely normal. So, what are the common symptoms and how do you know if your condition is more severe?