Lorissa Eichenberger, MFT, PMH-C, associate director of The Center for Postpartum Family Health, talks about traumatic birth and supporting the mental wellness of mothers and their families. How does a mother know she needs help? How does she know she has experienced a traumatic birth? What are some of the obstacles our society tell us about mothering? And much more.
Lorissa Eichenberger received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2010. A self-described “birth nerd,” she began her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her first of four children. As new parents without family locally, it was a struggle for her and her husband to find resources for mental health support following a traumatic birth. So, Lorissa joined local birth/breastfeeding groups, and she subsequently attended trainings for doula and lactation support to further enhance her professional capacity as a therapist. Lorissa then chose to specialize her practice and focus her passion by supporting the mental wellness of mothers and their families in the Greater Houston area. Lorissa is a member of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), the Houston Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (HAMFT), and the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (TAMFT). She is recognized by Postpartum Support International as a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist (PMH-C) with advanced training and experience working with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). She periodically speaks with local moms’ groups and presents at international conferences each year on PMADs.