An Open Letter to Postpartum Therapists Treating Women With Scary Thoughts

Women have been telling me, for almost 30 years, what they need, what they want, to help them recover. Most of what has been written in my books, came directly from their voices and their experiences. Postpartum women are very tuned in to what works, what doesn’t work, their sensibilities are often on hyper alert […]

10 Tips To Avoid Online Controversy

When you feel a strong emotional response to an offensive post or comment, keep these thoughts in mind: Take care of yourself by disengaging. Try to ignore the rants of others. Do not take any mean-spirited comment personally. Some people just like to agitate things. Think twice before responding. Then, think again. Then, wait. Do […]

Talk About Your Postpartum Depression

We hear a lot about postpartum depression these days. What it is, what it isn’t. Not everyone agrees on the definitions, even healthcare providers demonstrate variable degrees of knowledge in this specialized field. If you are pregnant or if you recently have had a baby, and are not feeling well, try not to focus on […]

This Isn’t What I Expected: Prologue

Prologue by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin   When we wrote the first comprehensive guide for postpartum depression, This Isn’t What I Expected, almost two decades ago, we surely hoped that things would be different by now: mothers wouldn’t feel so much pressure to be perfect, the link between hormones and postpartum depression would be well […]

10 Reasons Why You Should NOT Suffer in Silence

Every time there is media attention to postpartum psychosis, I am approached by journalists with the same question: Does this attention help get the word out, or does it make it worse for postpartum women? It does both. Recently, there seems to be better, more responsible, well-researched attention placed on postpartum tragedies, in particular, naming […]

Rant Alert: How Doctors are Still Getting it Wrong …

I truly believe most doctors really do care about their patients. I sincerely hope this is, at least in part, the reason they made the decision to go into medical school. I also believe, or hope to believe, that most doctors are  continuing to educate themselves about prenatal and postpartum depression. Why is it, then, […]

The Postpartum Stress Center: Our Core Values

PPSC Core Values Provide excellent clinical service at all times. Study and execute current best practice recommendations. Return all phone calls before the sun sets. Schedule client as soon as possible. Educate healthcare providers with state-of-the-art information. Follow up with healthcare providers to ensure continuity of services. Act as liaison and client-advocate when there is […]

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