Books and Articles — Postpartum Depression

Books for Adults

Bennett, ShoshanaBeyond the Blues: Prenatal and Postpartum Depression
Huysman, ArleneA Mother's Tears: Understanding the Mood Swings That Follow Childbirth
Kleiman, KarenThe Postpartum Husband - Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression
Kleiman, KarenThis Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression
Misri, SheilaShouldn't I be Happy: Emotional Problems of Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Placksin, SallyMothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings and Needs After childbirth A Resource and Support Guide
Roan, Sharon L.Postpartum Depression - Every Woman's Guide to diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Shields, BrookeDown Came the Rain

Articles and Other Resources

Looking after New Mothers, by New York Times. New York Times, June 19, 2014.  “A dozen states have laws that encourage some form of awareness and education about postpartum depression. In three of those states--New Jersey, Illinois, and West Virginia--screening is required by law. Should screening for postpartum depression be mandatory? How can those suffering be assured of treatment?”

Thinking of Ways to Harm Her, by Pam Belluck. New York Times, June 15, 2014.  “Postpartum depression isn't always postpartum. It isn't even always depression. A fast-growing body of research is changing the very definition of maternal mental illness, showing that it is more common and varied than previously thought. Scientists say new findings contradict the longstanding view that symptoms begin only within a few weeks after childbirth. In fact, depression often begins during pregnancy, researchers say,and can develop any time in the first year after a baby is born.”

Suppressing Positive Emotions Can Lead to Postpartum Depression, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, April 30, 2014.  “New research discovers that the suppression of positive feelings can play an important role in the development of postpartum depression. Investigators believe this finding has implications for the treatment of depressed mothers.”

Depression risks increase for young dads, by Michelle Healy. USA Today, April 14, 2014.  “Becoming a dad can be emotionally tough for any guy, but especially for young, first-time fathers. A new study finds that the first five years of parenthood — key attachment and bonding years for a child — may be the riskiest for young dads when it comes to developing depression. Symptoms of depression increased on average by 68% over the first five years of fatherhood for men who were around 25 years old when they became fathers and lived with their children, according to the study published online today in the journal Pediatrics.”

Higher risks among perinatal women with bipolar disorder, by Brown University. ScienceDaily, February 24, 2014.  “Women with bipolar disorder often struggle with the illness during and after pregnancy. A new study finds that they were significantly more likely to face important psychiatric and childrearing challenges compared to women who were seeking treatment for other psychiatric disorders. The findings indicate the importance of properly identifying the disorder and developing specific treatments for women during and after pregnancy, the lead author states.”

Maternal Depression May Affect Infant Development, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, December 05, 2013.  “New research finds that depression among pregnant women may have an impact on their developing babies. Experts have observed that children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves — presumably a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. These children also display alterations in the amygdala, a brain structure important for the regulation of emotion and stress.”

Rep. Ellen Story calls Miriam Carey death 'wake up call' on postpartum depression, by Anne-Gerard Flynn. The Republican, October 05, 2013.

Why Maternity Leave Is Important, by Meredith Melnick. Time Magazine, July 21, 2011.

Mothers with breastfeeding difficulties more likely to suffer postpartum depression, by Tom Hughes. UNC Healthcare, July 19, 2011.  “A UNC study finds that women who have breastfeeding difficulties in the first two weeks after giving birth are more likely to suffer postpartum depression two months later compared to women without such difficulties.”

Incontinence May Increase Risk of Postpartum Depression, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, June 21, 2011.  “A new Canadian study discovers that women with urinary incontinence after giving birth are almost twice as likely to develop postpartum depression as those without incontinence.”

Time to focus on sad dads, by Tara Parker-Pope. New York Times, March 17, 2011.  “Much is known about postpartum depression in women, but now researchers are calling attention to the plight of depressed fathers.”

Bush Recollection Puts Spotlight on Miscarriage, by Benedict Carey. New York Times, November 09, 2010.  “When a middle-class woman miscarried in postwar America, doctors often whisked the fetus away as if there were no loss of life at all, only embarrassment; women whispered about it between themselves but hardly ever discussed it openly.”

Postpartum Depression Can Be Serious, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, October 27, 2010.  “According to researchers, maternal postpartum depression can have serious adverse effects on the mother and child relationship, resulting in an environment that can disrupt the infant's development.”

New moms, dads show increased depression risk, by Amy Norton. Reuters, September 14, 2010.  “Nearly 14 percent of moms developed depression in their baby's first year, which is in line with rates of maternal postpartum depression found in past studies. Nearly 4 percent of fathers also developed depression in the first year after a child's birth.”

New mothers get enough sleep, just not good sleep, by Amy Norton. Reuters, August 30, 2010.  “Researchers from West Virginia University in followed a group of new mothers and found, on average, the women got just over 7 hours of sleep a night during their babies' first four months. But the study found that sleep is also frequently disrupted with the women typically being awake for a total of two hours a night which was worrying as sleep problems and exhaustion may contribute to postpartum depression and impact work performance.”

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