mothers cry too

Mothers Cry Too

Quick Overview

In Mothers Cry Too, New Zealand psychiatrist Dr Sara Weeks, a leading expert in the field of maternal mental health, explains how to recognise and deal with a range of issues, from the 'baby blues' to more serious conditions.

Practical and supportive, Mothers Cry Too offers guidance for new mothers, and their partners and families, on how to cope with the demands of a new baby and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and other postnatal psychiatric conditions.

Dr Weeks demystifies one of the most common complications of childbirth, while sharing case studies based on more than 20 years' experience in counselling new mothers. Her helpful hints cover everything from exercise and diet to managing stress and the effects of sleep deprivation.

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Velda Raybone-Jones, Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Reviewed 22 January 2014.

Book Title: Mothers Cry Too

Author(s): Dr Sara Weeks is a Psychiatrist at Auckland DHB specialising in Perinatal Conditions

 Date published: 2013

  Suitable for: Pregnant women, post-natal women, fathers, whānau

 Problems addressed: Mood and anxiety issues in pregnancy and post. Also, information for fathers experiencing mood changes.

 Book Summary: This paperback explores many aspects of post natal depression, pregnancy anxiety, and related disorders. It has information for fathers who maybe experiencing some stress also. It is set out in manageable chapters with general points at the end of each chapter identifying ways to recover and when to seek assistance. It has a comprehensive glossary and index, details about emotions, medications and other therapies/intervention that may be helpful.

Strengths:

  • Easy to read
  • Well-presented that the reader can dip in and out of chapters easily
  • Practical and supportive
  • Includes father emotions
  • Demystifies post-natal depression and shares case studies based on real stories
  • Helpful hints at the end of each chapter
  • Includes information on cultural differences

Weaknesses: I couldn’t identify any weaknesses and therefore see it as having therapeutic value to women and whānau who experience mood or anxiety issues in pregnancy and post-nattily.

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