May is Maternal Mental Health Month so I decided to dedicate this issue of What Your Therapists are Reading to the topic of maternal mental health and more specifically perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This list is not comprehensive by any means. There are lots of great books written for both professionals and as self help. These are just a few that people have shared for this particular post. This list is meant for educational and informational purposes only. If you are in need of help please contact Postpartum Support International help line at www.postpartum.net
So what are your therapists reading when it comes to maternal menal health? It is impossible to think about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders without thinking about Karen Kleiman, LCSW. When asking for resources that other professionals use for this post, someone wrote “anything by Karen Kleiman”, which speaks to how important her work has been to this area of mental health. Karen Kleiman, LCSW has written several books for both professionals and those struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Instead of listing all her books, you can find them here. In her descriptions, she shares which books are for clients and which ones are for professionals. Below is one book that all professionals could benefit from reading. I personally am very grateful I had the opportunity to have attended her training, as she has been a gift to this field. Please check out her website www.postpartumstresscenter.com. Become familiar with all the work she has done for those struggling, training professionals and working to fight the stigma. You can connect with Jessica Fowler, LCSW at jlfcounselingservices.com
Although I normally share books, the reality is that most of us do not have a ton of time to read, either as a new parent or a therapist. So I thought I would also share two of my favorite podcasts. The first is Mom & Mind hosted by Dr. Kat Kaeni. Dr. Kat describes the podcast as “This podcast focuses on the Maternal Mental Health struggles related to becoming pregnant, being pregnant, birth and early parenthood. We talk about all of the stuff that you wish someone would have told you BEFORE you tried to be pregnant or have a baby. Postpartum depression is only part of the story.” The second podcast is birthful hosted by Adriana Lozada. Adriana shares that she “talks with pregnancy, birth and postpartum experts to distill that information down the relevent stuff. Think of us as your own specialized team of birth pros.” Both these podcasts cover much more than perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, but for the purpose of this post, one thing I love is that both are talking to experts in the field and sharing invaluable information.