- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 5, 2000

Books


"Sleepless Days: One Woman's Journey Through Postpartum Depression," by Susan Kushner Resnick, St. Martin's Press, 2000. Ms. Resnick, a Boston writer, chronicles her experience with the affliction in the months after her son's birth.
"A Mother's Tears: Understanding the Mood Swings That Follow Childbirth," by Arlene Huysman, Seven Stories Press, 1998. A psychologist explains how dangerous postpartum depression can be. This book contains a section on women who are depressed enough to kill their children.
"This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression," by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin, Bantam Books, 1994. This is a thorough book by a psychiatrist and a social worker.

Associations


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20090. Phone: 703/638-5577. Web site: www.acog.org. This professional group has literature about the signs and treatment of postpartum depression.
Postpartum Support International, 927 N. Kellogg Ave., Santa Barbara, Calif. 93111. Phone: 805/967-7636. Web site: www.chss.iup.edu/postpartum. This support organization can help women recognize signs of depression, recommend readings and refer to local support groups or to local support "buddies."
Depression After Delivery, PO Box 1282, Morrisville, Pa. 19067. Phone: 800/944-4773. Web site: http://infotrail.com/dad/dad.html. The nonprofit group provides support, education and referrals for women suffering from postpartum depression.

On line


These general parenting sites offer chats or bulletin boards devoted to postpartum depression:
IVillage's Parentsplace (www.parentsplace.com).
Stork Net Inc. (www.storknet.org).
Babycenter Inc. (www.babycenter.com).

Study


The National Institutes of Health is seeking women who have overcome postpartum depression to participate in a study of the affliction. If interested, call 301/496-9576.

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