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Another Twinkle in the Eye: Contemplating Another Pregnancy after Perinatal Mental Illness. Elaine Hanzak, $48.95

Every year thousands of parents suffer from mood disorders related to pregnancy, birth, and/or postpartum — Perinatal Mental Illness. It follows that at some point affected parents are likely to ask the question 'Do I/ we want another baby?'

The decision to have a child is one that is rarely taken lightly. When a previous pregnancy/early parenthood has resulted in maternal and/or paternal mental illness, then making a conscious decision to have another baby is even more challenging. This guide will support parents and professionals in that decision-making process, and in planning for another pregnancy and the postnatal period if the decision is yes. It will also consider the implications of deciding not to have another child.

Another Twinkle in the Eye is the essential guide for anyone contemplating pregnancy after perinatal mental illness.


Anxiety in Childbearing Women: Diagnosis and Treatment. Amy Wenzel, $43.50

Nearly all new mothers experience some apprehension about the transition to parenthood, but some women's symptoms reach the point of meeting diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder. Indeed, new research suggests that in the perinatal period — which includes both pregnancy and the first year postpartum — some types of anxiety are more common than depression. This book describes the various ways in which perinatal anxiety is expressed in women, as well as approaches for assessment and treatment.

The first half of the book describes the five main types of perinatal anxiety — worry and generalized anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, panic attacks, social anxiety and childbirth-related fear and trauma and presents a biopsychosocial model. The second half of the book covers the assessment and treatment of perinatal anxiety, including pharmacotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychoeducation, and self-help resources.

This volume will be a tremendous resource for clinical psychologists, counselors, physicians, midwives, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, and others who work with pregnant and postpartum women, as well as researchers and graduate students in any of these fields.


Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety, Revised Edition. Shoshana Bennett & Pec Indman, $22.95

BEYOND THE BLUES contains up-to-date information about risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mood disorders in pregnancy and postpartum. Straightforward yet compassionate, it is an essential resource for anyone working with pregnant and postpartum women.

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Birth Crisis. Shelia Kitzinger, $36.95

One new mother in twenty is diagnosed with traumatic stress after childbirth. In Birth Crisis, Sheila Kitzinger explores the disempowerment and anxiety experienced by these women. Key topics discussed include:

  • increasing intervention in pregnancy
  • the shift in emphasis from relationships to technology in childbirth
  • how family, friends and professional caregivers can reach out to traumatized mothers
  • how women can work through stress to understand themselves more deeply and grow in emotional maturity
  • how care and the medical system needs to be changed.

Birth Crisis draws on mothers' voices and real-life experiences to explore the suffering after childbirth which has traditionally been brushed under the carpet. It is a fascinating and useful resource for student and practicing midwives, all health professionals, and women and their families who want to learn how to overcome a traumatic birth.


A Breastfeeding-Friendly Approach to Postpartum Depression. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $19.95

When new mothers gets depressed, health care providers are often quick to suggest that they stop breastfeeding. This advice is often contrary to what mothers want to do and these mothers may experience weaning as another significant loss. The truth is that stopping breastfeeding is often completely unnecessary. Mothers can continue to breastfeed while recovering from depression. In fact, recent studies have shown that breastfeeding can aid in their recovery.

A Breastfeeding-Friendly Approach to Postpartum Depression is the first volume that specifically supports the depressed, breastfeeding mother. Written in an accessible, easy-to-read format, A Breastfeeding-Friendly Approach to Postpartum Depression combines recent scientific research with practical suggestions to help health care providers assist in womenís recovery from depression while honoring and supporting the breastfeeding relationship. Video links and assessment tools are also included. If you want to support breastfeeding mothers, this volume is a must for your library.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Perinatal Distress. Amy Wenzel & Karen Kleiman, $63.50

Countless studies have established the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for many manifestations of depression and anxiety. In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Perinatal Distress,Wenzel and Kleiman discuss the benefits of CBT for pregnant and postpartum women who suffer from emotional distress. The myths of CBT as rigid and intrusive are shattered as the authors describe its flexible application for perinatal women. This text teaches practitioners how to successfully integrate CBT structure and strategy into a supportive approach in working with this population. The examples used in the book will be familiar to postpartum specialists, making this an easily comprehensive and useful resource.

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Depression In New Mothers: Causes, Consequences and Treatment Alternatives, 3rd Edition. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $75.50

Depression is the most common complication of childbirth and results in adverse health outcomes for both mother and child. It is vital, therefore, that health professionals be ready to help women who have depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder in the perinatal period.

Now in its third edition, Depression in New Mothers provides a comprehensive approach to treating postpartum depression in an easy-to-use format. It reviews the research and brings together the evidence-base for understanding the causes and for assessing the different treatment options, including those that are safe for breastfeeding mothers. It incorporates research from psychoneuroimmunology and includes chapters on:

  • assessing depression
  • mother-infant sleep
  • traumatic birth experiences
  • infant temperament, illness, and prematurity
  • childhood abuse and partner violence
  • psychotherapy
  • complementary and integrative therapies
  • community support for new mothers
  • antidepressant medication
  • suicide and infanticide.

This most recent edition incorporates new research findings from around the world on risk factors, the use of antidepressants, the impact of breastfeeding, and complementary and integrative therapies as well as updated research into racial/ethnic minority differences. Rich with case illustrations and invaluable in treating mothers in need of help, this practical, evidence-based guide dispels the myths that hinder effective treatment and presents up-to-date information on the impact of maternal depression on the mother and their infants alike.


Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood. Karen Kleiman & Amy Wenzel, $69.90

This book addresses the nature of the intrusive, negative, and anxious thoughts pregnant and postpartum women can experience. It provides answers to the women who seek information, clarification, and validation and is a useful resource for healthcare professionals who work with them. It is a resource for consumers and clinicians who confront these negative cognitions by outlining what these thoughts are, why they are there, and what can be done about them. The compassionate tone of the book aims to inform and reassure, and is written by two clinicians who have established themselves as leading experts and authors in this specialized field.

The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care: a Guide for Postpartum Doulas and Caregivers. Salle Webber, $29.95

THE GENTLE ART OF NEWBORN FAMILY CARE is a complete manual for the aspiring professional doula, and for anyone helping a family after the birth of a child. It is offered with an attitude of reverence for new life, a willingness to offer service, and an understanding of the importance of the quality of a baby and mother’s earliest experiences.

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The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters. Diana Lynn Barnes & Leigh Balber, $42.50

New and expectant parents need support and confidence. The Journey to Parenthood is designed to provide that. It assists in exploring and analyzing thoughts and feelings about childbirth and being a parent. This book is about being realistic. It draws on the experiences of many parents from a wide range of backgrounds, to look at the different perceived expectations and cultural pressures imposed on new and expectant parents. It is full of helpful guidance to lead parents towards discovering the role that is right for them. Highly recommended for parents, health and social care professionals, therapists and counselors.


Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health: a Guide for Health Professionals and Support Workers. Jane Hanley, $67.00

Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health focuses on how women and families suffering from perinatal mental illness can be supported by a wide range of practitioners. Based on the skills of attentive listening, it is designed for use by health professionals and support workers concerned with maternal mental health and the mental health of the family.

With chapters focused on listening to mothers, fathers and infants and paying attention to cultural diversity, Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health builds on the knowledge that many professionals working with new mothers already have about perinatal mental health. It focuses on developing the skills needed to put this knowledge into practice and includes case examples and follow-up activities throughout.


Postpartum Depression: a Guide for Front-Line Health and Social Service Providers. Lori Ross, Cindy-Lee Dennis, Emma Robertson Blackmore & Donna Stewart; $22.95

Postpartum Depression: a Guide for Front-Line Health and Social Service Providers provides practical advice for social service, community and health care workers who may have contact with women experiencing postpartum depression (PPD). Based on clinical experience, current research and best-practices, the authors provide a unique perspective on what front-line workers can do to understand, recognize and support women who may be suffering from PPD. Some of the questions answered in this guide include:

  • What is PPD, what causes it, how common is it and what are the risk factors?
  • Why does PPD often remain undetected?
  • What can front-line workers do to prevent or detect PPD in the women they work with? What can they do to help?
  • How is PPD assessed and treated?
  • How does PPD affect a women's partner, children, family and friends?
  • What self-care strategies can be recommended?

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The Postpartum Effect: Deadly Depression in Mothers. Arlene Huysman, $22.95

The past decade has seen strides in the diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression. Yet the most tragic of these cases — the filicides and suicides that spark tabloid frenzy — continue to be horribly misdiagnosed. Dr. Arlene Huysman, drawing on decades of clinical work, here describes the postpartum effect, the missing key to treatment.

Dr. Huysmanís book is designed to educate the general public, and to serve as a tool in the care providerís hands. In The Postpartum Effect the author records anonymous first-person testimonies from mothers who were tempted to harm their children. She constructs a profile of mothers at greatest risk of the disease. All leading up to the central question: What drives a mother to the ultimate travesty? Dr. Huysmanís measured, empirical approach is a plea for understanding.


Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: a Clinician's Guide. Cheryl Tatano Beck & Jeanne Watson Driscoll, $163.95

Designed for clinicians delivering postpartum care, including physicians, midwives, OB-GYN nurse practitioners, and women's health practitioners, this text overviews the six different mood and anxiety disorders that may present during a woman's postpartum year. Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders focuses on assessment, screening tools, diagnosis, treatment, and implications for practice, and includes case studies to integrate the process.


Supporting Postnatal Women into Motherhood: a Guide to Therapeutic Groupwork for Health Professionals. Lynn Bertram, $49.50

This book describes setting up and managing a discussion group for new mothers to provide support and introduce women to others at the same life stage in a safe environment. It shows how facilitating this structured activity can be positive and empowering for all concerned. It is practical and stimulating reading for everyone involved professionally with postnatal women. Contents include:

  • Background and preparations for a postnatal group
  • The world of motherhood
  • Maternal health
  • Planning the group
  • Managing the group
  • Expectations and reality Roles of motherhood
  • Changes in relationships
  • Parenting style
  • Focus on feelings
  • Building self-esteem

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Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek Their Help. Karen Kleiman, $76.50

This book provides a comprehensive look at effective therapy for postpartum depression. Using a blend of professional objectivity, evidence-based research, and personal, straight-forward suggestions gathered from years of experience, this book brings the reader into the private world of therapy with the postpartum woman. Based on Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral theories, and on D.W. Winnicott's "good-enough mother" and the "holding environment" in particular, the book is written by a therapist who has specialized in the treatment of postpartum depression for over 20 years. Therapy and the Postpartum Woman will serve as a companion tool for clinicians and the women they treat.


Traumatic Childbirth. Cheryl Tatano Beck, Jeanne Watson Driscoll & Sue Watson, $76.90

Postpartum depression has become a more recognized mental illness over the past decade as a result of education and increased awareness. Traumatic childbirth, however, is still often overlooked, resulting in a scarcity of information for health professionals. This ground-breaking book brings together an academic, a clinician and a birth trauma activist. Each chapter discusses current research, womenís stories, the common themes in the stories and the implications of these for practice, clinical case studies and a clinicianís insights and recommendations for care. Topics covered include: mothersí perspectives, fathersí perspectives, the impact on breastfeeding, the impact on subsequent births, PTSD after childbirth and EMDR treatment for PTSD.

This book is a valuable resource for health professionals who come into contact with new mothers, providing the most current and accurate information on traumatic childbirth. It also presents mothersí experiences in a manner that is accessible to women, their partners, and families.

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Complete Booklist

Another Twinkle in the Eye: Contemplating Another Pregnancy after Perinatal Mental Illness. Elaine Hanzak, $48.95

Anxiety in Childbearing Women: Diagnosis and Treatment. Amy Wenzel, $43.50

Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety, Revised Edition. Shoshana Bennett & Pec Indman, $22.95

Birth Crisis. Shelia Kitzinger, $36.95

A Breastfeeding-Friendly Approach to Postpartum Depression. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $19.95

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Perinatal Distress. Amy Wenzel & Karen Kleiman, $63.50

Depression after Childbirth: How to Recognize, Treat and Prevent Postnatal Depression. 4th Ed. K.Dalton, $50.95

Depression In New Mothers: Causes, Consequences and Treatment Alternatives, 3rd Edition. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $75.50

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood. Karen Kleiman & Amy Wenzel, $69.90

The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care: a Guide for Postpartum Doulas and Caregivers. Salle Webber, $29.95

The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters. Diana Lynn Barnes & Leigh Balber, $42.50

Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health: a Guide for Health Professionals and Support Workers. Jane Hanley, $67.00

Non-Pharmacologic Treatments for Depression: Evidence-based Support of Omega-3s, Bright Light Therapy, Exercise, Social Support, Psychotherapy, and St. John’s Wort. Clinics in Human Lactation, Volume 1. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $20.95

Parental Psychiatric Disorder: Distressed Parents and their Families. Michael Gopfert, et al $93.95

Post Partum Depression and Anxiety: Book & Facilitator Package. Pacific Postpartum Support Society, $58.00

Post Partum Depression and Anxiety: Reference Manual for Telephone Support Volunteers. Pacific Postpartum Support Society, $58.00

Postpartum Depression and Child Development. Lynne Murray & Peter Cooper (Eds), $35.95

Postpartum Depression: a Guide for Front-Line Health and Social Service Providers. Lori Ross, et al, $22.95

The Postpartum Effect: Deadly Depression in Mothers. Arlene Huysman, $22.95

Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: a Clinician's Guide. Cheryl Tatano Beck & Jeanne Watson Driscoll, $163.95

Supporting Postnatal Women into Motherhood: a Guide to Therapeutic Groupwork for Health Professionals. Lynn Bertram, $49.50

Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek Their Help. Karen Kleiman, $76.50

Traumatic Childbirth. Cheryl Tatano Beck, Jeanne Watson Driscoll & Sue Watson, $76.90

Understanding Postpartum Psychosis. Teresa Twomey, et al, $91.95

When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women. Penny Simkin & Phyllis Klaus, $46.95

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