Favorite Books for New Parents
There is a great older book called Women’s Moods (see Resources) and I strongly urge the expectant moms and dads I work with to read it (you can find other good books and web resources listed on our website and below). I also encourage people to read Karen Kleiman’s books (also in Resources below) because this is her primary specialty and her information is expert, extensive and helpful.
We Can Address Postpartum Depression Successfully
I hope we can talk more openly about the reality of postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders (PMADs) – and that they are treatable and can be managed successfully. Awareness of PPD does not mean we should give up or even hold back our elation and joy over a new baby. We just need to be aware that sometimes, new mothers may struggle with real depression, and those who do need greater awareness and support. PPD is an underserved health issue that we need to know about and address in healthier ways.
We can make life better for people with postpartum depression, just by understanding some basic information about it, and being willing to help loved ones with PPD find the care and attention they need.