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The National Childbirth Trust - Postnatal Depression (National Childbirth Trust Guides) [Paperback]

Heather Welford
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15 Jun 1998 National Childbirth Trust Guides

A sensitive and practical look at all types of postnatal depression and what you can do about it.

There can be many reasons why more than one in ten new mothers experience post natal depression:
• a social and emotional response to becoming a new mother
• a lack of progesterone after birth
• depressive illness which may need prescription of antidepressants

Heather Welford explores, mostly from the sufferer’s position, exactly what PND is, why it occurs and what to do. An essentially practical and sympathetic book with useful case studies of mothers, family and friends throughout.

This is a book to cover each end of the spectrum from loneliness, extreme fatigue, frustration or lack of confidence to post-natal psychosis.


Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (15 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722536054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722536056
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Postnatal depression can come at a difficult time in a woman's life. It can have a number of causes. Some women will experience symptoms due feelings of extreme tiredness, lack of confidence, loneliness or frustration – others may have hormonal or other physical causes. This sympathetic book will answer your questions and help you seek support from those who can help.


When and why PND can occur

How to ask for help

Treatments available, including antidepressants and progesterone therapy

Helping your baby through a traumatic time

Advice for partner, family and friends

Supportive case histories

About the Author

Heather Welford contributes widely to pregnancy and childcare magazines and worked on the advice pages of Parents for 17 years. She is the author of many publications for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and 17 books on parenting


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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Helpful Thing Ever 13 Mar 2009
This book has to be the most sane, compassionate, understanding and helpful thing published on the thorny subject of postnatal depression (and it certainly beats a heck of a lot of non published sources of support too).

Welford, in typical sensitive, highly readable and occasionally humourous style, links together the voices of many women (and a few men too) in very varied circumstances. These snippets of stories provide empathy and understanding whilst sound referenced research backs them up. We learn of possible causes of PND as well as ways to survive it, and we receive hope for eventual recovery. The book is rounded off with the complete stories of four women and one man (the partner of one of the women.... and their versions of the same events are quite different), which is a nice touch.

One of the best things this book does is outline ways in which women can access support for themselves, sitting around waiting for someone to come to rescue you is not encouraged (though Welford is understanding of such a mindset which often accompanies depression - in one chapter she explains why sufferers of PND may prefer hiding at home to mixing with 'Chattering mums munching Flapjacks'). Lists of support agencies are tagged onto the back, phone numbers all probably out of date of course, but in the world of google that's not so much of a hindrance as it once was.

Welford doesn't mince her words, she talk about possible long term effects on the baby, and 'makes no apology'. Likewise, partners and wider family get a chapter. However since she explains the reasons for these effects she gives people a chance to attempt damage limitation, or to make good as the child grows older.
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