Beyond the Blues contains the most up-to-date information about risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mood and anxiety disorders in pregnancy and postpartum. Straightforward yet compassionate, it is required reading for all who work with pregnant and postpartum women, as well as for those suffering before or after the baby is born.
“An indispensable guide to understanding and treating prenatal and postpartum depression. This book is a gift not only to healthcare providers but also to family and friends of mothers suffering from these devastating perinatal mood disorders.”
—Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN
Professor, University of Connecticut, School of Nursing
Coauthor of Postpartum Depression Screening Scale
“In Beyond the Blues, Bennett and Indman offer a compact yet surprisingly comprehensive manual on prenatal and postpartum depression. Readable and practical, they systematically address screening and assessment, finding a therapist, myths about nursing and bonding, and treatment. Interesting and helpful are suggestions for family and friends. For health professionals, there is detailed diagnostic and treatment information. Beyond the Blues is a quick read with an easy-to-handle format. Recommended for consumer health and health sciences collections.”
“This book will be of great help for both women and their health care providers, providing information on all aspects of depression in pregnancy and in the post-postpartum, including safety/risk of medication therapy.”
—Adrienne Einarson RN
Assistant Director, The Motherisk Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
“Take prenatal vitamins for the baby, but for the long-term health of the mother, this is a must read for both her and her doctor.”
—Timothy A. Leach, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
OB/GYN, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center
Prenatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are very common. In the United States alone, over 3.5 million women give birth each year. Since the rate of perinatal (pregnancy through the first postpartum year) depression is about 20 percent, at least 700,000 of these women will become ill. The rate of gestational diabetes is between 1 and 3 percent, and the rate of a Down syndrome baby occurring in a thirty-five-year-old mother is 3 percent. Curiously, screening is routine for these conditions, yet screening for perinatal depression—which occurs in 1 in 5 mothers—is not.
While working in our communities, we have been asked numerous times to provide simple guidelines for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Mothers and their partners have been asking the question, “Why is this happening to us and what can we do about it?” Many good books and journal articles have already been written on this topic. Our main goal is to summarize the most current research and information into a practical, easy-to-use format.
This book is not meant to be used as a replacement for individual counseling, group support, or medical assessment, nor do we intend it to be a comprehensive textbook. Beyond the Blues will provide critical information for providers and families. Our intention is to offer the most essential and up-to-date assessment, treatment, and resources possible.