My postpartum library is probably about two dozen strong now, ranging from first person stories like Brooke Shields book “Down Came the Rain” to the clinical like “Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspectives and Treatment Guide for the Health Care Practitioner” by Susan Dowd Stone.

The book I’m currently reading, and nodding furiously while I post-it mark and highlight things that ring true, state the unsaid, or make me want to jump up and down for the validation, is Karen Kleiman’s “Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek Their Help“.  If you’re treating parents experiencing a perinatal mood/anxiety disorder (“PPD”), I HIGHLY recommend reading this book.  It’s very readable and she does an excellent job of capturing the feelings new moms (parents) experience while navigating through the unexpected detour of “PPD”.  AND she does all of this within a clinician’s context. Reading this book feels as it would if you were sitting face-to-face in one of her training sessions [eta: or along side of her during a client session, with commentary].

Ms. Kleiman has been writing about “PPD” since 1994 and treating women with “PPD” for longer than that since 1988.  She lives in New Jersey and is the founder of the Postpartum Stress Center.