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"Sara Rosenquist's take on postpartum depression is revelatory and full of hope. Her message is that what we believe shapes our biology as much as the other way around. With this new understanding, we can get back in the driver's seat. We can choose our behavior, make plans, and acquire healthy habits of body and mind. In doing so, we can shape our own mental health destiny."
—Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us

"There are few ambitious, successful, and comprehensive guides to postpartum depression for non-experts. Fortunately for us, Rosenquist opens a path for ordinary couples to self-heal. Using direct, lucid prose and everyday examples, the author identifies and provides ways to relieve the distress of postpartum depression. I admire this book for its brilliant melding of compassionate insight, fascinating research summarizations, and presentation of exercises, chapter-by-chapter, to restore a sense of well-being."
—Elaine Crovitz, Ph.D., emeritus faculty at Duke University Medical School

"After the Stork is a detailed and thoughtful guide to the challenges that new parents encounter as they make this major life transition. It offers a wealth of different practical strategies that can be used by parents to minimize or mitigate postpartum depression. Because it is so evenhanded and thorough in addressing issues that both mothers and fathers may face, it is a must-read for couples expecting or welcoming their first child."
—James F. Paulson, Ph.D., child and family clinical psychologist and associate professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School

"I am a female OB/GYN physician and a mother of four. After reading this book, I have insight that may help me not only be a better mom and wife, but also a better doctor. I appreciate Sara Rosenquist teaching us why depression can set in after having a child, but I also value her detailed steps and advice on how to prevent and overcome it. I will recommend this book to all my patients and friends."
—Andrea Lukes, MD, OB/GYN physician at the Women's Wellness Clinic in Durham, NC

"Books for professionals are often long on science and short on practicality, while those for non-professionals are often filled with advice not based on scientific facts. In After the Stork, Rosenquist has blended the best of both worlds. Professionals will learn about the daily realities of postpartum depression, and readers with new babies will not only get exceptionally sensible guidance, but will discover the science behind it in a format that is fascinating and easy to grasp. This is a must-read for those who care for new parents, and can serve as an invaluable roadmap for those who wish to prevent or overcome postpartum depression."
—John C. Linton, Ph.D., ABPP, professor and vice chair of the department of behavioral medicine and psychiatry at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Charleston, VA

"The information in After the Stork is empowering and practical, and offers couples and prospective parents a 360-degree view of the ways in which their lives will change, both positively and negatively, after the birth or adoption of their child. Not only does she offer them knowledge, which is potent in and of itself, but she provides clear and readily accessible exercises and strategies for proactively and reactively managing issues and problems that can-and will-arise in the postpartum period."
—Catherine A. Forneris, Ph.D., ABPP, licensed psychologist and associate professor of psychiatry at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Rosenquist has written an incredibly helpful and comprehensive handbook for couples entering into the new world of parenthood. She thoughtfully and honestly describes many of the challenges that couples encounter during pregnancy and postpartum, including postpartum depression. This workboook is an invaluable guide for couples willing to invest some time and energy into preparing for parenthood and the inevitable lifestyle adjustments that come along with it."
—Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, director of the University of North Carolina Perinatal Psychiatry Program

"In an age when pills are all too often relied upon as the first solution to life's difficulties, Rosenquist offers a refreshing, evidence-based, psychological approach to the serious problem of postpartum depression."
—Irving Kirsch, author of The Emperor's New Drugs

"Rosenquist has written an eminently practical book about depression, especially appropriate for men and women embarking on parenthood. She provides interesting scientific data about depression, case studies of parents struggling with postpartum depression, and explains the concrete, practical things readers can do to both prevent depression and to help treat it. Seldom do you see a mental health book that is so realistic, understandable, and scientifically interesting. From years of clinical practice, she shares simple approaches to help parents and anyone who struggles with depression."
—John F. Wilson. Ph.D., professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine

From the Publisher

In After the Stork, a cognitive behavioral therapist dispels the myths about postpartum depression and offers a powerful program mothers and fathers can use to prevent and treat it both before and after the baby is born.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572248637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572248632
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on March 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
I'd be very careful with this book. It can be very helpful to some and very damning to others. I wouldn't recommend reading it if you are already in the depths of depression. I would recommend doing some more research, talking about this book with your mental health care professional, and remembering that this woman does not know YOU or your unique set of circumstances. Not everything she says applies to everyone. I saw a woman who was an expert in her field on one of my unique illnesses, and after 50 min with her, I was suicidal for 3 days. Expertise in a topic doesn't mean expertise on you. I'm glad to see her address the issues of social factors in PPD but I heartily dislike her downplay of genetic factors and the inferences that biological response carries so little weight. She's gone too far in the opposite direction, in my opinion. But, since I am still in the throes of my third bout with PPD, and am bipolar (among other things) my reaction to this book may be biased. I don't own it, but I certainly would like to destroy my library's copy right now merely for its potential to do harm. Only because it has any potential to do any amount of good does this book rate any stars at all from me.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Dick on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
brief review--This book is cutting edge, not just for After the stork , but also for excellent help Before & During
the stork. Research reports that having kids is the single greatest stress on a marriage , especially the first child.

dr R. supplies vital , current , research-supported information , & how to use it to prevent & relieve parental disconnection & depression around becoming parents.

I'm suggesting The Peoples Pharmacy ( 91.5 FM Saturdays at 7AM & repeated Sundays @ 3PM ) have her as a guest to discuss her book & practice . I've been a clinical psycholigist in private practice for 4 decades , & always want folks to know re 1 of the relatively few genuinely helpful books & clinicians in our field.

She's a very well trained , experienced specialist in all aspects of Reproductive Health & Sex Therapy. Clients who live close to see her in her Chapel Hill, NC office will likely be quite pleased w/ her expertize & personal manner.

bob dick,PhD,AC ,CGP
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