The Postpartum Husband

Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression

by Karen Kleiman


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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/22/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 149
ISBN : 9780738836362
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 149
ISBN : 9780738836355
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 149
ISBN : 9781469107240

About the Book

For too many families, the postpartum period brings unexpected pain and devastation when depression entered the picture. The anticipated joy and pleasure of parenthood is replaced with feelings of fear, sadness, anger, confusion and resentment.

Research has shown that supportive relationships during postpartum depression treatment is associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms.  When partners have the right information, they will not only gain a better understanding of the illness and its impact, they will also feel better themselves.  Furthermore, we know that this understanding and capacity for support is directly related to his wife's sense of well being and control.  In my first book, “This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression” (Bantam, 1994), we included a chapter for husbands, which turned out to be an invaluable resource for the partners of women suffering from PPD.  After receiving feedback from the families I treat, I was shown that husbands needed support and information that is distinct from what their wives were seeking.  “The Postpartum Husband” offers that information with its handy reference-style format and addresses specific questions that may arise throughout the course of the illness.  As the husband feels more in control of the situation and his wife feels understood and cared for, symptoms improve and recovery is augmented.


About the Author

Karen Kleiman, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder and director of The Postpartum Stress Center, has been counseling women and their families for over 25 years. She is author of “The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression” (xlibris) co-author of "This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression,"(Bantam). A native of St. Louis, MO., Karen has lived in the Philadelphia area since 1982 with her two children and her husband. After graduating in 1980 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with her Masters in Social Work, she began her practice as a psychotherapist, specializing in women's issues. In 1988 she founded The Postpartum Stress Center (www.postpartumstress.com) where she and her colleagues provide comprehensive treatment for reproductive mental health issues, specializing in the treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety.