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Birth of a Parent

Most classes and books for expectant and new parents focus on pregnancy, childbirth, and baby care, but not on how life may change when they become parents and how those changes can make them feel.   Parenthood is a role that often is romanticized and thought of as something that happens naturally, not deserving of contemplation or preparation.  While parenthood can be a wonderful experience, it also can be very challenging at times.

Kathryn L. Bleiberg, Ph.D. developed and provides this 1 ½ hour workshop for men and women who are interested in learning how their lives may change and how to manage those changes.   The principles and strategies discussed by Dr. Bleiberg derive directly from Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), an evidence-based, time-limited treatment that has been shown to be effective in treating mood disorders related to pregnancy.

Topics addressed include:

  • How becoming a parent affects how one thinks and feels about oneself
  • The potential impact of becoming a parent on relationships with partners and others
  • Strategies for effectively managing the transition to parenthood
  • Depression in men and women during the postpartum period

Dr. Bleiberg is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she has a private practice, teaches and consults in the Payne Whitney Women’s Program.   She has expertise in the evaluation and treatment of depression related to pregnancy, the postpartum period and pregnancy loss and works with individuals and couples.

For more information and to register for the seminar, please contact Dr. Bleiberg at 646-962-2823 or via email: klb2003@med.cornell.edu.

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