Postpartum Health Resources

There are many fine books and Web sites available on the subject of postpartum depression. Here are a few that we recommend.

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Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan

Pregnancy and childbirth are generally viewed as joyous occasions. Yet for numerous women, these events instead bring anxiety, depression, and emotional distress. Increased interest in risk reduction and early clinical intervention is bringing reproductive issues to the forefront of women’s mental health.

The scope of Women’s Reproductive Mental Health across the Lifespan begins long before the childbearing years, and continues well after those years have ended.

Empirical findings, case examples, and dispatches from emerging areas of the field illuminate representative issues across the continuum of women’s lives with the goal of more effective care benefitting women and their families. Chapter authors discuss advances in areas such as fertility treatment and contraception, and present current thinking on the psychological impact of pregnancy loss, menopause, cancer, and other stressors. These expert contributors emphasize the connections between an individual’s biology and psychology and cultural expectations in shaping women’s mental health, and the balance between a client’s unique history and current clinical knowledge clinicians need to address disorders. Included in the coverage:

  • The experience of puberty and emotional wellbeing.
  • Body image issues and eating disorders in the childbearing years.
  • Risk assessment and screening during pregnancy.
  • Normal and pathological postpartum anxiety.
  • Mood disorders and the transition to menopause.
  • The evolution of reproductive psychiatry.

A reference with an extended shelf life, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health across the Lifespan enhances the work of researchers and practitioners in social work, clinical psychology, and psychiatry, and has potential relevance to all health care professionals. Purchase now on Amazon by clicking here. 


Cover of book Journey to ParenthoodThe Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters
Dr. Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD. and Leigh G. Balber

Pregnancy is the perfect time for expectant parents to run through a “psychological dress rehearsal” of what life may be like once the baby is born. The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters answers questions and debunks some of the myt


Online Resources

Los Angeles Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
Established in 2007, the Task Force is a volunteer network of over 30 individuals representing more than 15 public, private and community agencies whose mission is to remove barriers to improve prevention, screening and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in Los Angeles County.

Postpartum Support International
Dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders with the goal of increasing awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women face around the child-bearing years. The organization provides resources, referrals and online support.

California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative
The Collaborative was formed in September 2011 with a mission to bring stakeholders together to exchange ideas, identify barriers and opportunities and form collaborative relationships to increase and improve maternal mental health awareness, diagnosis and treatment in California and beyond.