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  • Neurofeedback, Depression and Pregnancy


    It’s not uncommon to get a call about neurofeedback from a woman concerned about depression and pregnancy. Some common questions are:

    • Will the medications harm my baby? (This requires a medical consult. If you have this question, it may be helpful if you can find a doctor who specializes in prenatal medication. If you are in the New York area, contact me and I can give you a name or names.)
    • Does my being depressed harm my baby?
    • How can neurofeedback help?

    Being in this situation can feel like being between a rock and a hard place. If this is you, you may be concerned about the effects of medication on the developing fetus and concerned about the effects of having a depressed mother during pregnancy and after delivery. There is a third option.

    Neurofeedback, depression and pregnancy

    Usually people who contact me when they want to have a child are hoping to reduce or eliminate some or all of the psychotropic medications they are taking. (Of course, that needs to be done in conjunction with their physician and a thorough evaluation of pros and cons.) If less medication or the elimination of one or more medications is desirable, it is often possible to achieve these goals through neurofeedback training.

    bigstock_Happy_Parents_Holding_Their_Ne_4538662Interestingly, I and many other NeurOptimal® trainers hear regular reports that the end result is “an easy baby.” It’s also very nice for would be mothers and new mothers to have some care that is for them.

    These are some of the ways neurofeedback can be a helpful part of pre-conception and pre- and post-natal care.

    Please post comments or questions here or you are welcome to email me confidentially.

    Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
    New York Neurofeedback