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Recommended Books

Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, 2005 By Brooke Shields (available at the Ottawa Public Library)

Shields’ is at first joyful at the birth of her baby girl, Rowan. However, she is soon overcome by crippling postpartum depression, a condition that leaves her all but incapable of looking after the child. The ultimate message is that the many millions of women suffering symptoms like hers are not alone, as evidenced by the numerous stories of similar experiences and messages of support Shields has included here.

Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression, 2002 By Marie Osmond et al. (available at the Ottawa Public Library)

Postpartum depression is an infrequently discussed illness; this book, which includes the advice of Dr. Judith Moore and the spirit of Marie Osmond, opens up a forum for women who are trying to cope with this difficult condition.

This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression, 1994 By Karen Kleiman and Valerie Raskin

A thorough description of postpartum emotional problems and their treatment can be found in this book, which includes a very valuable chapter on how husbands can help their wives when postpartum depression overcomes them.

Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression, 2003 By Shoshanna Bennett (available at the Ottawa Public Library)

An easy to understand manual for understanding postpartum depression and its treatment options.

Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, 1998 By Linda Sebastian

This book has been written by an experienced psychiatric nurse and offers an explanation of PPD basics for those who are starting without any prior knowledge of the condition.

The Postpartum Husband, 2001 By Karen Klienman

Postpartum depression affects your spouse too. This book offers information and supportive advice for the partners of women with postpartum depression.

Postpartum Depression for Dummies, 2007 By Shoshanna Bennett (available at the Ottawa Public Library)

This book can help you begin the process of determining what’s going on with you and give you a better idea of where you fall so that you can get yourself into proper treatment right away.

Postpartum Depression Demystified: An essential guide for understanding and overcoming the most common complications after childbirth, 2007 By Joyce Venis

Renowned PPS 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 Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book, 2006 By Sandra Poulin (available at the Ottawa Public Library)

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety By The Pacific Postpartum Support Society

Recommended Websites

Well Informed Sites – The Parent Resource Centre is located here in Ottawa. On their website you will find information on various groups and signs and symptoms of postpartum depression. There is also information on parenting issues and programs available throughout the city. – This is the Pacific Postpartum Support Society, located in Vancouver, B.C. They publish the book “Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: A Self Help Guide”. This site offers such information as signs of postpartum depression, personal stories, resources and support offered as well as a specific section for dads. – The Postpartum Stress Centre is based out of Pennsylvania. There is information here for professionals, mothers and even partners who are looking for ways to understand and support their partners who are experiencing postpartum depression. – This website for Postpartum Support International offers information on how to educate, advocate and provide support for maternal mental health worldwide. – This website, which is affiliated with Postpartum Support International, is designed for dads, by dads who have successfully supported their partners through postpartum depression. It offers resources such as Dads Dealing with Depressed Partners and Depressed Dads. – This is a Canadian website based out of London, ON. It offers tips and practical information to fathers on how they can support their partner who is experiencing postpartum depression as well as offers them guidance on how to cope with the day-to-day stress of having a new baby.

Chat Forums and Discussion Boards – This is a Canadian website that consists of chat rooms and message boards on various issues and topics, including one dedicated to postpartum depression and anxiety. – This site offers parents numerous message boards on many parenting issues, including one on postpartum depression located in the Mind & Body section. They even have an “Ask the Expert” section which allows you to ask questions to a number of different medical and child care experts, including an expert on postpartum depression. – Based on the magazine, this site contains a lot of past articles on different topics that are very informative. Articles are sorted and include helpful topics on PPD as well as some in “just for dads”. This site also offers links to other websites and discussion boards. – This is the PPD Online Support Group based out of Washington. It offers visitors numerous ways to communicate via discussion boards and peer support email lists. It also offers resources such as books and websites and information on PPD for both moms and dads.

Sites with Resources – A great site for ordering books online to avoid duty and customs charges. Located in Toronto, this site offers a great list of books discussing postpartum as well as self care methods to help mothers with postpartum depression and anxiety. – Located here in Ottawa, this agency offers respite care for children 6 weeks to 5 months so you can give yourself a break. They also offer numerous parenting classes and groups on a variety of topics throughout the year.

Other Resources for Information and Support – This is an American Non-Profit site with information on a variety of mental health issues around child birth for women. – A great website started by three stay-at-home moms which offers support and education to both mothers and fathers. Monthly articles about isolation, postpartum depression and more found in their “What About Me?” section. – This site for the Centre for Postpartum Health, based out of California, offers many resources such as articles, interesting websites and information regarding PPD. – This is a medical doctor’s site. It is quite informative regarding symptoms and different forms of postpartum depression and also has a lot of information on a variety of other women’s issues.

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