Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Postpartum Survival Guide (a review)

The Postpartum Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Postpartum Depression The Postpartum Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Postpartum Depression by Paul Meier

Eighty percent of all pregnant women struggle with depression during or after their child’s birth. But there is good news about postpartum mood disorders—they are almost 100% treatable. In the definitive guide to postpartum depression, written from a Christian perspective by a team of experts including best-selling author and popular psychologist Dr. Paul Meier (Happiness Is a Choice), The Postpartum Survival Guide explains why this depression occurs, who’s at risk, how to treat it, and where to find God in it all. Coauthor Lynne Johnson, RN, provides a woman’s perspective on the issues of motherhood and depression. Using real-life stories and practical advice from medical professionals, The Postpartum Survival Guide offers hope-filled solutions that will help new mothers enjoy this special time in their lives. Plus, it also contains helpful resource for fathers, family members, friends, pastors, counselors, and medical practitioners.

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
What an incredible resource. This book is written to pregnancy soon to be mothers, fathers, other friends and family of pregnant mothers and more. Coming from so many different angles this is a book that shows that some postpartum depression can be completely normal and it is how you handle it (and not ignore it) that really matters. In my opinion there are some things that I am hesitant to agree with in manners of breast feeding and such, but I can understand where the authors are coming from in making their point. I have also found that where some things I was adamant about my decision, from reading their psychological medical point of view, I can now see how a different decision or an open minded scenario might be preferable to every one's health. I truly feel that reading this book has been a benefit to my pregnancy and suggest it to others to read as well.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (May 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414312830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414312835
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches

6 comments and creative thoughts:

Lindsey said...

Sounds like a good book! Sometimes you have a certain idea about how things should go BEFORE you have a baby and then you have a baby and all that goes out the window, lol. But truly, when it comes to breastfeeding and issues like that (cosleeping, etc), it's all about you and your baby and nobody can tell you how to raise her because they haven't met HER. lol You'll know her better than anyone.

Anyway.... wow, where did all that come from? lol Well, I worried a LOT about doing everything "right" and then I realized (after too much worry and stress) that every baby has their own special way to be handled... some babies might be okay with not so much of a schedule, others might need a schedule to be happy.

Okay really done now, lol. Great review!

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Thanks Lindsey, advice from other Mamas is always welcome here. :)

Audra said...

Speaking of schedules, I had a friend... actually I take that back - a friend of mine's wife (long story - she didn't like me)decided when she was pregnant with her twins, that she was going to have this set schedule and on and on. I thought, "ok, you are expecting these two babies to do exactly what you think that should when you think they should..."

Of course, I'm not a mom, so what do I know. However, I was doubtful. Not really sure how that did go off for her.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

I'm so into letting this girl tell me what's what. I'm really glad that I can be home with her. Well, at least that's the plan. DH will get a job soon!!

Lynnette Bonner said...

Hi, I think I've met you over on Shelfari and the Historical Fiction Group. I see you are expecting and just wanted to drop in to say congrats! When are you due?

(I was Googling for "Historical Christian Fiction" today and stumbled onto your blog. It looks great, so now I'm a follower! :))

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Yup, I started the Shelfari one and the Goodreads one and I'm there from time to time (never enough!). I'm so glad you found me here! I hope that I can provide some good recommendations from time to time.

Baby girl is due in about 44 days, mid August. I'm so counting the days!

Thanks for the congrats!

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