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Postpartum Depression Bookshelf

For some women, the "baby blues" evolve into postpartum depression, a condition that affects between 10 to 15 percent of all new mothers; and some estimates run even higher. Symptoms range from moderate to debilitating, and they can begin within a few days after giving birth, or not be experienced until several months have passed.

If you're struggling with these feelings, or if someone you love is, we hope you'll find help within StorkNet's Postpartum Depression Cubby. But PLEASE, do not hesitate to contact your careprovider at any time your feelings overwhelm you. There is help for you! The following books are strong recommended as well . . .

What Am I Thinking? Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression
by Karen Kleiman, MSW
Paperback, 148 pages, published March 2005 by Xlibris Corporation

Synopsis:What Am I Thinking contains essential information for a woman and her family who plan on having another baby after a previous experience with postpartum depression. As these women know, planning another pregnancy can be a process filled with profound anxiety, indecision, fears, and self-doubt. Filled with self-help strategies, current treatment recommendations, and practical advice, this book offers women the hope, confidence, and support they need to make this journey in spite of their anxiety. A StorkNet Recommended Book. Please read our review of this book in the StorkNet Bookshelf and check out our guest interview with Karen Kleiman.

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This Isn't What I Expected: Recognizing and Recovering from Depression and Anxiety After Childbirth
by Karen R. Kleiman MSW and Valerie Davis Raskin, MD
Paperback, 297 pages, published September 1994 by Bantam Books

Synopsis: A major addition to both maternity and psychology literature, here is a guide to self-help and professional treatment of postpartum depression--one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses. The authors debunk the myths surrounding PPD and provide compassionate support and solid advice for women with PPD. A StorkNet Recommended Book. Please read our review of this book in the StorkNet Bookshelf and check out our guest interview with Karen Kleiman.

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The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression
by Karen R. Kleiman MSW
Paperback, 149 pages, published by Xlibris Corporation, 2001

Synopsis: Karen Kleiman, M.S.W. has written The Postpartum Husband, a hands-on guide with straightforward, supportive information and specific recommendations, to help partners deal with the impact of depression after the birth of a baby. A StorkNet Recommended Book. Please read our review of this book at the StorkNet Bookshelf and check out our guest interview with Karen Kleiman.

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Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
by Brooke Shields
Paperback - 240 pages, published May 2006 by Hyperion

Synopsis: In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery. When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed-a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

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Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression
by Marie Osmond
Paperback, 320 pages, published May 2002 by Warner Books

Synopsis: After giving birth to her seventh child (four of her children are adopted), Marie became increasingly depressed. One night, she handed over her bank card to her babysitter, got in her car, leaving her family and husband, and drove north-with no intention of returning until she felt she had resolved this crisis. After she went public with her own experiences with PPD on Oprah and Larry King Live, the response was overwhelming. Now, Marie shares with readers the fear and darkness of the depression she overcame, and, in collaboration with the doctor who helped her through her ordeal, offers the methods she learned for treating PPD. Please read our review of this book at the StorkNet Bookshelf.

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Rebounding from Childbirth: Toward Emotional Recovery
by Lynn Madsen
Paperback, 166 pages, published September 1994 by Bergin & Garvey

Synopsis: Few women planning a pregnancy or anticipating childbirth would dispute that the safe birth of a healthy child is their primary concern. Even when this happy outcome is achieved, however, the process of childbirth itself can wreak havoc on a woman's emotional and physiological well-being--especially when unforeseen medical complications change the expected course of labor and delivery. Rebounding From Childbirth shows how traumatic childbirth forces a woman to suddenly relinquish cherished hopes for her experience of actually becoming a mother. Amid the joys of a healthy baby, the mother's feelings of anger, grief, failure and disappointment often get scant attention from family, friends and medical personnel.

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