When a newborn child is placed into its mother's arms the joy is indescribable; finally, after all those months of anticipation and trepidation the child lies cradled in her arms. Beneath that portrait of perfection lie all the raging hormones associated with pregnancy and the body's adjustment to nursing and caring for a baby, not to mention the emotional component, which is off the charts. For all too many women, though, the period following the birth of a child can bring on a darkness, a deep depression made all the worse by societal expectations once your child is born you will feel nothing but relief and joy.
For too many, this is the furthest thing from the truth.
Laura Rude's Creating Postpartum Wellness addresses this serious condition in a caring and thorough manner, raising awareness of what constitutes more serious depression that needs intervention, as opposed to the normal exhaustion and bleary-eyed overwhelming state all parents pass through as they adjust to life with a newborn.
Her book helps guide women, and those who care for them, through the options for treatment as well as providing good, sound medical advice on basic self care as a means of helping mothers along. The information is thorough, including everything from potentially helpful changes in diet to suggestions on how to choose a therapist.
Rude's tone is understanding, gentle in a way those suffering from the often-brutal reality of depression will likely find encouraging. The breadth of her research, as well as her suggestions as to methods of helping alleviate the condition, is impressive; it's obvious she's done her homework. I cannot imagine a more comprehensive treatment of the topic, nor one written so well. I would have no hesitation suggesting this book to anyone suffering from postpartum depression, or, actually, depression in general.
- File Size: 1196 KB
- Print Length: 223 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938686365
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Aviva Publishing; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CLLA9J8