Resources

Hotline

There is a 24/7 hotline for women and their families to answer questions and provide referrals to therapists and psychiatrists, 1-866-364-MOMS


Websites

Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Dads

Postpartum Stress Center

Chicago Family Picnic

Fussy Baby Network

A supportive community also exists on Twitter. Search for #ppdchat to connect with other moms and resources.


Video

In this video by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Dr. Katherine Wisner, internationally-recognized perinatal mood disorders expert and past president of The Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health, discusses the distinction between ‘Baby Blues’ and Postpartum Depression.


Books/articles

Conquering Postpartum Depression: A Proven Plan for Recovery by Ronald Rosenberg, James Windell, and Deborah Greening

Down Came the Rain by Brooke Shields

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts by Karen Kleiman and Amy Wenzel

Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigating Postpartum Disorders by Susan Benjamin Feingold, PsyD

Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety by Linda Sebastian

Perfect Mothers Get Depressed by Kimberly Thompson, Ph.D.*

Postpartum Survival Guide by Ann Dunnewold, Ph.D., and Diane G. Sanford, Ph.D.

Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek their Help by Karen Kleiman, M.S.W.

The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman, M.S.W.

This Isn’t What I Expected by Karen Kleiman, M.S.W., and Valerie D. Raskin, M.D.

Could Yoga Lessen Postpartum Depression? from Brown University news online

The following are articles that we like and that we offer to women in our groups:

1. A Simple Breathing Exercise to Calm Your Mind & Body

     Help for calming anxiety

2. An Introduction to BBB for our Members’ Partners

For partners to read before the couples’ session or to better understand what     happens in BBB groups.

3. Becoming the Boss of Your Mood

    Various strategies to help you cope with anxiety and depression.

4. Being Your Honest Self

    Advises new parents to worry less about being judged.

5. Dealing with Anxiety

A really helpful article with numerous strategies for decreasing anxiety, obsessive thoughts and a sense of doom.

6. Exercise as a Treatment for Depression in New Mothers

This article also presents research on exercise being as effective as medication in the treatment of depression.

7. WHY????

    Factors contributing to the development of perinatal mood challenges.

8. Father’s Postpartum Depression

Describes the symptoms and gives the incidence of this newly understood condition.

9. Fathers and Depression after the Birth of Their Baby

A discussion of how new parenthood affects men and why treatment is so essential.

New Articles

Getting Better

   How you will know when you are getting better and not to panic over setbacks.

   Our Mommy Problem

   An amusing look at how society imposes a new identity on women who become mothers.

   Perinatal Mood Disorder Fact Sheet from Postpartum Support International

   Facts and statistics about Perinatal Mood Disorders.

   How Other Cultures Prevent Postpartum Depression

   Discusses social supports in place for new mothers in other societies.

   The Only Baby Book You'll Ever Need

   A reassuring look at the truth that there's more than one right way to raise a child.

   Walk Hard. Walk Easy. Repeat.

   Getting the most out of your walk in a short period of time.

    Walking!

Tips on how to motivate yourself to walk.

What Postpartum Moms Really Need

How poorly American culture supports new mothers during this enormous transition.

What 5 Ways to Stop Worrying About What Everyone Thinks of You

 

*Praeclarus Press


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