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Postpartum Depression, Anxiety and Adjustment Support

Online Resources
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Postpartum Support International (PSI)  is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. They also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover.

Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement (POEM)  is the Ohio Coordinator of Postpartum Support International (PSI), the leading authority on perinatal mental health.

PPMD Online PPD Support Group  is devoted to mothers and families affected by Postpartum Depression. Provides information, helpful advice, and caring support through a PPD List (email group) and a chat room.

The Center for Postpartum Heath addresses the physical, mental, and emotional needs of pregnant and postpartum women and their families, facilitating the transition from pregnancy to parenthood.

Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP), a group of trained parent volunteers, offers numerous programs to help parents and families thrive with their new children. PEP believes that there is no one right way to parent. Your confidence in being a parent will increase with the knowledge that other parents, through PEP, are there to help you. (They have a 24 hour hotline.)

Postpartum Dads  is a website intended to help dads and families by providing firsthand information and guidance through the experience of PPD. This site also includes information and resources that can be used by professionals to assist families dealing with PPD.

The Postpartum Stress Center, LLC specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety disorders. In addition to this specialty the PPSC offers a full range of general counseling services to any individual or couple seeking support

Pregnancy Info. Net  This link is to an article concerning pre-natal mood disorders, which occur in 15% of pregnant women.

Placenta Benefits  Placenta encapsulation is a process that freeze dries and encapsulates the placenta for ingestion by the mother. Please don't think we're crazy! This has proven to reduce the incidence of mood disorders in new mothers. The placenta contains hormones as well as stress regulating chemicals that, when absent, make it much more difficult for the new mother to return to her normal body chemistry. Just think about it!

La Leche League International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

M.O.P.S. Mother's of Preschoolers  is an organization designed for mothers with children under school age. MOPS is dedicated to the message that "mothering matters" and that moms of young children need encouragement during these formative years

StrollerFit is a great workout for you and baby to help lift you out of PPD. Meet other moms or join a playgroup. One free class if you mention you heard about them from our website.

Printed Resources

This isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Post Partum Depression
by Karen Kleinman
A guide to self-help and professional treatment of Postpartum Depression – one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses. The author debunks myths around PPD and provides compassionate support and solid advice for women with PPD.

Beyond the Blues
by Shoshana Bennett
This book contains information on the risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders in pregnancy and postpartum. Straightforward yet compassionate, it is required reading for all who work with pregnant and postpartum women, as well as those who are suffering from mood disorders during pregnancy and after the birth of a child.

It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown and a Much Needed Margarita
by Heather Armstrong
A brave, cautionary tale about crossing over that line to the other side (the parenting side), where everything changes and it only gets worse. But most of all it’s a celebration of a love so big it can break your heart into a million pieces. Heather tells, with trademark wit, the heartfelt, unrelentingly honest story of her battle with postpartum depression and all the other minor details of pregnancy and motherhood that no one cares to mention.

Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood
by Adrienne Martini
Martini's book traces her family history of madness, depression, and suicide-- all frequently following motherhood. Her stories range from Texas to Upstate New York. Never self-pitying, never describing her struggle in beatific terms, Martini's book is at once gritty and sympathetic to the generations of women who variously went mad, disappeared, were exiled, and died from an unrecognized disease that was categorized as a failure rather than a legitimate disorder.

Women's Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain and Emotional Health
by Deborah Sichel and Jeanne Watson Driscoll
A Woman's biology is seemingly invisible to many psychiatrists, psychologist, OBGYNs and other physicians. The authors have crafted a book that should open the eyes of health care professional and patients alike.

The Freedom From Depression Workbook
by Les Carter Ph.D and Frank Minirith M.D.
A 12 part plan to define and identify depression, understand mental and physical factors of depression, and develop keys to lasting change. No matter what your concerns, this workbook will help you peel back the layers of your situation and develop keys to lasting change.

The New Mother Syndrome
by Carol Dix

Train you Mind, Change Your Brain
by Sharon Begley

The Brain that Changes Itself
by Norman Doidge, M.D.

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