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After the Stork: the Couple’s Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Postpartum Depression.Sara Rosenquist, $25.95

Having a baby is one of the most dramatic transitions you will ever make, both opening you to the greatest love you can experience and setting in motion a rollercoaster of emotions you never before thought possible. These feelings are affected significantly by psychological and social factors-in fact, studies reveal that nearly as many new fathers as new mothers exhibit symptoms of postpartum depression.

Written by a clinical psychologist specializing in postpartum depression, After the Stork clearly explains this often misunderstood condition and offers a revolutionary approach to stopping depression in its tracks. You'll discover powerful tools for addressing the sleep deprivation, financial tensions, and stress that can cause depression to take hold, and finally be able to make more room for experiencing the joy of welcoming a new child into your life.


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.

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A Deeper Shade of Blue: a Woman's Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in Her Childbearing Years. Ruta Novacs, $32.00

Depression affects women almost twice as often as men, with about one in four women suffering from it at some point in her lifetime. While depression may strike at any time, studies show that women appear to be particularly vulnerable during their childbearing years. This comprehensive and empathetic book confronts the seldom-talked-about issue of pregnancy-related depression, identifying symptoms, treatments, and cures for this constellation of serious, under-diagnosed, and surprisingly common emotional conditions. 

Straightforward, honest, and sensitive, A Deeper Shade of Blue speaks directly to women at risk of or suffering from depression within the context of childbearing and provides the information they need to get the best care, during pregnancy and beyond.


Double Time: How I Survived — and Mostly Thrived — through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins. Jane Roper, $28.99

Jane Roper never expected she’d have twins — or that they’d be such a spirited twosome. She didn’t expect that finding the right balance of work and home would be so tricky. And she certainly didn’t expect to grapple with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder during her daughters’ toddler years. But she also didn’t anticipate how much joy, laughter, and self-discovery motherhood would bring.

Full of warmth, honesty, occasional advice, and a generous helping of humor, DOUBLE TIME is a smart and engaging account of the first three years with multiples, and a refreshingly candid and vulnerable look at clinical depression.


Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression. Brooke Shields, $21.00

When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter to the world, her joyful expectations were quickly followed by something unexpected — a crippling depression. In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled a condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression. Ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

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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.

Expecting the Unexpected: an Honest Look at Miscarriage, Postpartum Depression, and Motherhood. Amy Kim, $22.75

Amy Kim believed that having a baby would be one of the most exciting and happiest experiences in her life. But she never could have predicted having to endure a miscarriage and postpartum depression, in addition to the many other obstacles inherent with motherhood.

Join Amy on her sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, and always relatable journey through motherhood. Experience with her the ups and downs, and the need to laugh at herself and her situation as she learns to embrace her new identity as a mother.


Hillbilly Gothic: a Memoir of Madness and Motherhood. Adrienne Martini, $19.99

"My family has a grand tradition. After a woman gives birth, she goes mad. I thought that I would be the one to escape."

So begins Adrienne Martini's candid, compelling, and darkly humorous history of her family's and her own experiences with depression and postpartum syndrome. Martini delves unflinchingly into her own breakdown and institutionalization and traces the multigenerational course of this devastating problem … She also weaves in the stories of other women, both contemporary and historic, who have dealt with postpartum depression in all its guises, from fleeting "baby blues" to full-blown psychosis … New mothers and those who have struggled with parenthood — whether or not they dealt with depression — will find affirmation in this story of triumph, of escape from a difficult legacy, of hope for others, and of the courage to have another baby.

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It’s Not Forever, DVD. Families Matter Calgary, $46.95

Postpartum depression affects up to 13% of mothers. This DVD helps mothers and their families understand what postpartum depression is, and that they are not alone. This DVD offers the stories of people affected by postpartum depression, and how they found their way through.


Overcoming Baby Blues: a Comprehensive Guide to Perinatal Depression. Gordon Parker, Kerrie Eyers & Philip Boyce, $29.95

A practical guide to the depression suffered by many women both during pregnancy and after the baby is born, with advice on identifying the symptoms and seeking the right help, for both women and their partners.


Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: a Self-Help Guide for Mothers, 7th Edition. Pacific Postpartum Support Society, $23.00

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, 7th Edition, has sold over 30,000 copies to date. This is a practical guide for mothers who are experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety. The book is based on the experiences of thousands of women and describes what has helped them get through this difficult time.

Simple, straight-forward, and supportive, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, 7th Edition is a valuable tool for parents, caregivers, family, and friends.

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Postpartum Depression Demystified: an Essential Guide for Understanding and Overcoming the most Common Complication after Childbirth. Joyce Venis & Suzanne McCloskey, $20.95

Postpartum depression is the most common complication women experience after childbirth. Yet this serious mood disorder, characterized by sadness, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and guilt, insomnia, and thoughts of harming the baby or oneself, continues to be widely misunderstood and frequently misdiagnosed. In Postpartum Depression Demystified, renowned PPD authority Joyce Venis and Suzanne McCloskey, both PPD sufferers themselves, turn their combined experience and expertise into an insightful and supportive guide for everyone living with and seeking to understand this condition.


The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression. Karen Kleiman, $23.95

This hands-on guide includes straightforward, supportive information and specific recommendations to help partners deal with the impact of depression after the birth of a baby.


Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression During Pregnancy. Shaila Kulkarni Misri, $21.00

It should be a time of joyous anticipation — the happiest time in a woman’s life. But for many women, the joys of pregnancy are clouded by feelings of fear, sadness, and confusion. Dr. Shaila Kulkarni Misri, a leading reproductive psychiatrist, draws on her twenty-five years of clinical practice and research to offer hope, help, and healing–as well as a provocative, myth-shattering examination of a subject that has too long been shrouded in darkness.

Pregnancy Blues lifts the veil on this heartbreaking — and very treatable — illness, examining the key social and biological factors that can come together during pregnancy to create a climate in which depression and anxiety thrive, as well as offering the many effective treatments that are available. Discover:

  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression–and know when to seek help
  • The role of female hormones: why women are more vulnerable to depression than men
  • How depression can “hide” behind physical complaints, such as back, stomach, or even chest pain
  • The unspoken connection between infertility and depression
  • The antidepressant controversy: the facts on specific drugs, their safety — and when medication is the right choice
  • Breastfeeding and medication — the risks and benefits

A work of daring and compassion, Pregnancy Blues challenges the underlying traditions and beliefs surrounding pregnancy and motherhood–and explores how those misconceptions have led to the drastic under-diagnosis and under-treatment of depression during pregnancy. A must-read for women and those who love them, Pregnancy Blues is at once an extraordinary roadmap to healing and an eye-opening report on a medical issue that no woman can afford to miss.

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The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions. Kevin Gyoerkoe, Laura Miller & Pamela Wiegartz, $30.95

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook provides proven-effective strategies drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for keeping anxious thoughts at bay and getting back to the productive and positive thinking you've been missing.


Pregnant on Prozac: the Essential Guide to Making the Best Decision for You and Your Baby. Shoshana Bennett, $18.95

PREGNANT ON PROZAC spells out the possible risks of anti-depressant use by expectant or new mothers, as well as the lesser known but no less serious risks to both baby and mother from untreated depression. Taking a pull-no-punches, and yet nonjudgmental approach, Dr. Shoshanna Bennett addresses:

  • The controversy — does the media exaggerate the risk?
  • The experts — finding and gathering your medical support team
  • Alternative treatments — acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, nutrition …
  • The myths — do pregnancy hormones protect women from depression?
  • FAQs — will I be able to breastfeed? Will I pass depression (or OCD, or anxiety) on to my child?
  • Communication — how to talk to family and friends about this issue

This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression, 2nd Edition. Karen Kleiman & Valerie Raskin, $21.00

One in seven mothers suffers from a disorder on the postpartum depression spectrum; another 20–30 percent of them deal with above-average anxiety. THIS ISN'T WHAT I EXPECTED has become the go-to resource for postpartum depression. This second edition has been updated in an effort to help women and their partners sort through all the noise and myths to focus on getting the help they need. Dr. Valerie Davis Raskin and social worker Karen Kleiman offer their expertise in this guide to self-help and professional treatment for one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses. They provide compassionate support and solid advice for mothers with post-partum depression and the partners who can help them through it.

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Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage After Postpartum Depression. Karen Kleiman & Amy Wenzel, $50.50

Postpartum depression is hard on a marriage. In their private practices, authors Karen Kleiman and Amy Wenzel often find themselves face-to-face with marriages that are suffocating, as if the depression has sucked the life out of a relationship that was only prepared for the anticipated joy of pending childbirth. What happens to marriage? Why do couples become angry, isolated, and disconnected? TOKENS OF AFFECTION looks closely at marriages that have withstood the passing storm of depression and are now seeking, or in need of, direction back to their previous levels of functioning and connectedness. The reader is introduced to a model of collaboration that refers to eight specific features, which guide postpartum couples back from depression. These features, framed as “Tokens,” are based on marital therapy literature and serve as a reminder that these are not just communication skill-building techniques; they are gift-giving gestures on behalf of their relationship. A reparative resource, TOKENS OF AFFECTION helps couples find renewed harmony, a solid relational ground, and reconnection.


Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women's Stories of Trauma and Growth. Walker Karraa, $27.50

Transformed by Postpartum Depression is a poignant tale of 20 women’s journeys through postpartum depression, the trauma it creates, and the growth that they experienced as a result. Shocked by the severe and sudden onset of symptoms, these women described the failure of care providers to screen for or treat depression. Battling postpartum depression, including thoughts of suicide, these women fought to do whatever it took to recover. Remarkably, they discovered that not only had they healed, but they had grown in extraordinary ways and were ultimately thankful for the personal growth experienced through the trauma of postpartum depression.

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When the Bough Breaks: a Documentary about Postpartum Depression. $34.95

When The Bough Breaks is a feature length documentary about postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.  Narrated and Executive Produced by Brooke Shields, this shocking film uncovers this very public health issue which affects one in five new mothers after childbirth.

The film follows Lindsay Gerszt, a mother who has been suffering from PPD for six years. Lindsay agrees to let the cameras document her and give us an in depth look at her path to recovery. We meet women who have committed infanticide and families who have lost loved ones to suicide. When The Bough Breaks takes us on a journey to find answers and break the silence. 


When Postpartum Packs a Punch: Fighting Back and Finding Joy. Kristina Cowan, $21.50

When Postpartum Packs a Punch offers solace to mothers who have faced traumatic birth and perinatal mood disorders. Stigma silences women, and blinds those on the sidelines. Stories of others’ struggles are an antidote for stigma, because they let others know that they’re not alone.

Kristina Cowan describes her own experience with traumatic birth and postpartum depression, and weaves it together with accounts from other parents. Representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives and underscoring the prevalence of mood disorders after childbirth, these narratives serve as a balm. They help heal and stir hope. And they show how an overcoming spirit can fight terrors of the mind — and win.


Why Perinatal Depression Matters. Mia Scotland, $16.95

You have probably heard of postnatal depression, but did you know that most cases of postnatal depression actually began in pregnancy? And did you know that postnatal depression is not caused by women’s hormones gone awry — that men are suffering postnatal and perinatal depression in larger and larger numbers too? This is why “postnatal depression” has now been renamed “perinatal depression”(‘peri’ means around, as in the word “perimeter”).

Why is the seemingly joyful event of new parenthood causing so much suffering? Depression seems to be related to the stresses that a modern couple undertakes when they have a baby. The lack of support, lack of celebration, overload of expectations, overwhelming responsibility, isolation, judgment, blaming by the media, tiredness, mixed messages, confusion, high expectations and lack of tender loving care serve to eventually break parents and their relationships. And when we break parents, we break a baby. Babies are our future, and if we break a baby, in the long run, we break society. Postnatal depression takes a high toll on society. Dealing effectively with perinatal depression is about valuing love, connection, calm and stillness, over and above productivity, achievement and acquisition.

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Complete Booklist

After the Stork: the Couple's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Postpartum Depression.  Sara Rosenquist, $25.95

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

A Deeper Shade of Blue: a Woman's Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in Her Childbearing Years. Ruta Novacs, $32.00

Double Time: How I Survived — and Mostly Thrived — through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins. Jane Roper, $28.99

Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression. Brooke Shields, $21.00

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

Expecting the Unexpected: an Honest Look at Miscarriage, Postpartum Depression, and Motherhood. Amy Kim, $22.75

Hillbilly Gothic: a Memoir of Madness and Motherhood. Adrienne Martini, $19.99

It’s Not Forever, DVD. Families Matter Calgary, $46.95

Overcoming Baby Blues: a Comprehensive Guide to Perinatal Depression. Gordon Parker, Kerrie Eyers & Philip Boyce, $29.95

Postpartum Depression Demystified: an Essential Guide for Understanding and Overcoming the Most Common Complication after Childbirth. Joyce Venis & Suzanne McCloskey, $20.95

Post Partum Depression and Anxiety: a Self-Help Guide for Mothers, 7th Edition. Pacific Postpartum Support Society, $23.00

The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression. Karen Kleiman, $23.95

Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression During Pregnancy. Shaila Kulkarni Misri, $21.00

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions. Kevin Gyoerkoe, Laura Miller & Pamela Wiegartz, $30.95

Pregnant on Prozac: the Essential Guide to Making the Best Decision for You and Your Baby. Shoshana Bennett, $18.95

This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression, 2nd Edition. Karen Kleiman & Valerie Raskin, $21.00

Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage After Postpartum Depression. Karen Kleiman & Amy Wenzel, $50.50

Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women's Stories of Trauma and Growth. Walker Karraa, $27.50

When the Bough Breaks: a Documentary about Postpartum Depression. $34.95

When Postpartum Packs a Punch: Fighting Back and Finding Joy. Kristina Cowan, $21.50

Why Perinatal Depression Matters. Mia Scotland, $16.95

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