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Postpartum books that I have found to be helpful:

New Book:
"What Am I Thinking: Having a baby after postpartum depression",
written by Karen Kleiman, MSW, and available in early 2005, offers valuable advice and support for this insidious disease that afflicts 15-20% of all women after the birth of a child. Author Karen Kleiman is a licensed clinical social worker, author of The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression (Xlibris, 2001) and co-author of This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (Bantam Books, 1994). What Am I Thinking? is available at,, For more information on PPD, or to contact Karen Kleinman, MSW, please call the Postpartum Stress Center at 610-525-7527 or visit their website at

Women's Moods,
by Deborah Sichel, M.D., and Jeanne Watson Driscoll, M.S., R.N., C.S. (Best descriptions of a variety of perinatal mood disorders that I have found.)

Surviving Post-Natal Depression, by Cara Aiken (Contains first-person accounts of PPD.)

Beyond the Blues, by Shoshana S. Bennett, Ph.D. and Pec Indman, Ed.D., MFT (Very good, basic handbook; excellent list of resources.)

Life After Birth,
by Kate Figes (An honest look at postpartum adjustment.)

Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression, by Marie Osmond and Marcia Wilkie

The New Mother Syndrome, by Carol Dix

Perscription for Nutritional Healing, by James F. Balch MD and Phyllis A Balch CNC.

Related books that I recommend:

The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued.
by Ann Crittenden

Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think And Feel, by Jean Kilbourne (This is so much more relevant to mothering than you might initially think.)

The Portable Pediatrician For Parents, by Laura Walther Nathanson (Took this with us on every trip for three years.)

Baby and Child Care - Focus on the Family (Another good basic book on children's stages and health.)

The Girlfriend's Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood, by Vicki Iovine

The Mask of Motherhood: How Becoming a Mother Changes Everything and Why We Pretend It Doesn't, by Susan Maushart.

Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood, by Camille Peri (Ed.), Kate Moses (Ed.), Daphne Marneffe, and Anne Lamott.

The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond, by Patricia Evans

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