Jenny Greenbaum, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor specializing in children and families coping with the challenges of pregnancy and the postpartum period. Jenny holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She obtained her formative experience working with autism spectrum youth and with parents coping with childhood illness. She completed her Masters level internship at The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County where she conducted group and individual therapy for adults with PTSD and trauma disorders. She then began work as a Multi Systems Therapist at Child Guidance Resource Centers helping families and other service providers combat juvenile delinquency. Her most recent work has been in trauma and victims services, women’s issues and with LGBTQ populations. She maintains a strong focus on empowerment while using holistic techniques that emphasize healing. Jenny is the creator and managing director of the PPSC Internship Program, developed to promote academic awareness and clinical support for maternal mental health issues.
Women are rarely given the space they need to heal after the pregnancy and birth experience. We may not be encouraged to ask for what we need or to draw on the support we want. The messages we receive from well meaning family members or media can, at times, feel judgmental and harmful. It can be easy to lose your sense of agency and self in the process of taking on a role you’ve never tried. You are becoming a new person! Loved ones might be very focused on the baby and may mistakenly neglect your well being or invade your space. Today’s culture places high expectations and demands on women and minimizes the need for self care. Because the pregnancy and birth experience is so extremely unique for every woman, it’s important that women have a unique space to explore this new role and decompress from the pressure.