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Postpartum Depression Handout

Easy Steps to a Safer Pregnancy - View e-book or Download PDF - FREE!
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.

Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy

These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.

Resources for the Postpartum Period

These books and support groups will be of interest to any pregnant woman or new mother, but especially to women experiencing postpartum depression or at risk of experiencing such depression.

Postpartum Depression

Depression After Delivery
PO Box 1282
Morrisville PA 19067
This organization provides information about PPD, supportive phone volunteers to talk with, and a list of experienced/sympathetic professionals in your area.

The following are clinics or counselors directly experienced in helping women with PPD. For more information about such clinics see Mothering the New Mother (see below).

Center for Postpartum Depression
2400 Chestnut Street, Suite 2203
Philadelphia PA 19103
Ricardo J. Fernandez MD
Duke Postpartum Support Program
Duke University Medical Center
PO Box 3812
Durham NC 27710
William S. Meyer, MSW
Mother Matters
Regional Center for Mother
and Child Care at Memorial Hospital
615 N. Michigan St.
South Bend IN 46601
Jeanette O’Dell, RNC, MS

New Motherhood

La Leche League
PO Box 1209
Franklin Park IL 60131
Breastfeeding support group
National Association of Postpartum Care Services
PO Box 1020
Edmonds WA 98020
Provides referrals to postpartum doulas who assist new mothers at home.
Mothers at Home
8310-A Old Courthouse Road
Vienna VA 22182
Supports mothers who choose to stay at home with their children.

Dealing with a Difficult or Traumatic Birth

Breastfeeding and Medications for Postpartum Depression

This topic is cutting edge and there’s not a lot of good information available. It IS possible to breastfeed and take certain anti-depressants or natural progesterone therapy, but this is not widely known, even among mental health professionals. SUDDEN CESSATION OF BREASTFEEDING MAY WORSEN DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS. Pursue correct information before making any choices. Also see Chapter 7 of the Postpartum Survival Guide, Dunnewald and Sanford.

Altshuler, Lori, MD et al. Pharmacologic Management of Psychiatric Illness During Pregnancy: Dilemmas and Guidelines. American Journal of Psychiatry 153:5, May 1996.

Contact these professionals for more information:

Lee Cohen, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston MA 12114
Katherine L. Wisner, MD, MS
Director of Women’s Services
Mood Disorders Program
Case Western Reserve University
11400 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
Cleveland OH 44106

VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean) and Cesarean Prevention

International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc.
1304 Kingsdale Ave.
Redondo Beach CA 90278
An excellent resource with a supportive, informative newsletter, The Clarion.

Birth Alternatives Respectful of Women and their Babies

This topic is especially relevant to mothers who are at risk of postpartum depression because the more interventive a birth a woman experiences, the more likely she is to be depressed. Choose a birth alternative that will empower you AND keep your baby safe.
Informed Homebirth/Informed Birth and Parenting
PO Box 3675
Ann Arbor MI 48106
Updated 6/9/97 by J. Griebenow
821 River Hill Drive
Richmond KY 40475

This Web page is referenced from another page containing related information about Postpartum Depression


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