So, you're having a baby. Nausea and labor pains are temporary, but the emotional imprint of pregnancy is long lasting. You've heard that 10 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression, but how do you fit in with that number? Ellen Sue Stern helps women prepare for the dramatic range of emotions during and after pregnancy. Her book, Expecting Change: The Emotional Journey Through Pregnancy helps women understand that pregnancy is more than just having a baby.
Based on her highly successful "Expecting Change" workshops (an arena for expectant mothers to share their emotional experiences), Stern's book offers realistic perspectives and information that pregnant women often feel but usually do not address. These include:
- It's Absolutely, Definitely Positive! Delivering your special news to family and friends.
- You're Pregnant-But Why? Understanding the motivation behind your pregnancy.
- Is Three a Crowd? Exploring sex and sexuality.
- Facing Your Fears. Coping with doubts about motherhood and birth.
- Postpartum: The Bridge Finding support and surviving the blues.
- From Woman to Mother Changing your identity, relationships, profession, lifestyle, and values.
"After facilitating the 'Expecting Change' workshops for over 20 years, I found the physical aspects of pregnancy were always well-known, but the emotional experience was often overlooked," states Stern. "Using the workshops as a guide, I created a book that helps expectant mothers understand the doubts, fears and elations of expectancy."
Ellen Sue Stern has over half-million books in print. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including American Baby Magazine, Parenting, Woman's Day, Self, Working Woman, Cosmopolitan, New Woman and Marie Claire.
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