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Book Review - The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood

posted Feb 10, 2014, 6:24 AM by AndrewandSarah Witzel   [ updated Feb 10, 2014, 6:25 AM ]
            One of my favourite postpartum depression books is The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood by Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett (2nd edition, 2005). The author is an expert on maternal health (she is both a psychologist and lactation consultant). In this book, she discusses not only postpartum depression, but maternal stress, burnout, birth trauma, the challenges of parenting children with behavioral or health issues, and more.

One of my favorite things about this book is how much detail the author provides about various issues. In the chapter about fatigue, she discusses various causes of fatigue (besides just your child waking you up at night!) and practical solutions to improve your energy. In the excellent chapter on birth trauma, she describes factors that contribute to the experience of trauma, common symptoms, and suggestions for healing.

The author cites many studies in her book, but keeps the tone friendly and overall, the book is an easy read. The chapters are well-organized, making it simple to skim and skip to parts that are relevant to your situation (which is always handy when you have limited time to read!). The one downside of this book is that it doesn't really have any information geared towards partners or families, but there are other books and resources available that can fill that niche.

Whether you are currently experiencing a perinatal mood disorder or if you just want to learn more about maternal mental health, I strongly recommend this book. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has also edited and authored many other books and articles of interest if you wish to read more of her work.