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Going International with Perinatal Psychology Specialist Paula Queiruga


Paula is a licensed psychologist in Argentina, specializing in perinatal psychology. She’s at present dwelling in Virginia, and heading again to Buenos Aires in September. 

Spring Well being has given Paula a possibility to develop her attain by working with LATAM purchasers throughout the globe. Amy Cirbus, Head of Scientific Content material at Spring Well being, linked with Paula to speak about her love for the sphere, how she manages difficult conditions, and what working with purchasers in a number of international locations has taught her. 

Amy: What introduced you into the psychological well being area?

Paula: I’ve at all times been an excellent listener. I’m enthusiastic about studying how we are able to act and react, and the influence that random conditions can have in our lives. On prime of that, I like making an influence in somebody’s life by guiding them and being a assist once they want it. 

Amy: Perinatal Psychology is such an attention-grabbing specialization. How did you get into that space?

Paula: I began my profession in 2002, supporting members of the army and their households by offering testing and therapy providers. Then, I had a private life occasion happen that uncovered an enormous gap in being pregnant and postpartum assist. 

I didn’t need deployed girls and households to ever need to really feel like they have been coping with being pregnant alone. So, I shifted my focus and have become a Perinatal Psychologist.

I’ve been working within the NICU and OB/GYN for eight years now, offering psychological well being assist for girls by hospitalizations and experiences of grief, postpartum stress dysfunction, and despair. 

Amy: What do you discover most difficult concerning the work?

Paula: Each shopper and scenario might be difficult, however for certain I might say that going into an working room to assist a lady giving beginning to a stillborn child or figuring out that her child goes to die quickly is de facto exhausting.

However, when purchasers name me after a number of years to inform me they’re okay and say thanks, it’s an endorphin injection. 

Amy: It feels just like the phrase “difficult” doesn’t fairly describe it. How do you deal with your individual psychological well being?

Paula: I attend remedy frequently and am energetic in a number of sports activities. I take pleasure in spending time with my household, protecting in contact with pals, and touring.

I additionally get excited concerning the work I’m in a position to do. I keep linked with colleagues, I seek the advice of frequently, and attempt to be as inventive as I can.  

Amy: You reside and work in several international locations and cultures. How has this influenced your work?

Paula: Residing for some time out of the country and having the possibility to journey around the globe impressed me to not take something as a right. Each individual has their very own story and their very own specific viewpoint. 

I’ve discovered and brought issues with me. I’ve developed respect and curiosity for cultures apart from my very own. It’s deepened my empathy and talent to know individuals by their very own lens, inside their very own tradition and private expertise. 

Amy: What are you trying ahead to in your profession?

In my expertise working in hospitals, I’ve seen that psychological well being just isn’t at all times prioritized. I wish to make an influence and alter that. 

Our emotional well being must be valued equally to our bodily well being. I do know I’m on the best path. I’m going to proceed to be one of the best skilled I might be, finding out and dealing to develop applications for each pregnant girl. 

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