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The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression 1st Edition
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A native of Saint 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 where she provides treatment for prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety. In 2009 New Jersey opened The Postpartum Stress & Family Wellness Center where they treat pregnant and postpartum women as well as children, adolescents and families.
In addition to her clinical practice, Karen provides specialized post-graduate training classes and inservices for healthcare professionals as well as consultation and supervision to therapists. She frequently lectures and continues to write on the topic of postpartum adjustment. Her work has been featured in local and national magazines, numerous radio shows, local and national television shows, "Inside Edition", The Oprah Winfrey Show and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.
Currently, Karen is affiliated with a number of on-line sites, where she writes articles, facilitates support chats and addresses concerns of postpartum and pregnant women. In addition to her work at The Postpartum Stress Center of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Karen maintains a general private practice where she treats individuals, couples and families.
Top Customer Reviews
Pec Indman Ed.D., MFT
author of Beyond the Blues, A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression
The author has an informative website that I would endorse, and the content of the book is appropriate in that format. It would make a good give-away pamphlet to families in treatment. As someone who truly is looking for practical solutions, however, I was disappointed that Postpartum Husband does not delve much deeper than, "Be patient and supportive."
And despite the title, the book gives surprisingly minimal attention to what a postpartum husband might do to take care of his own well-being while patiently supporting his emotionally struggling wife and fulfilling all of his other family and work obligations.
The book promises more than it delivers, which is unfortunate because there is a real need for advice directed to the practical-minded husband.
I place blame on the Website for posting this on their resources page, but I also have to put blame on the author/publisher of this book.
The book deals more with the husband and how he can be supportive of his wife while she's going through PPD. I'm not against such a book, but it is misleading.
Not to mention the book, as many reviewers have already pointed out, is nothing more than pages upon pages of bullet points. Nothing that goes into real depth.
With U.S. society wanting men to step-up and be real fathers, this book adds to my personal frustration of finding any real support in helping men/dads adjust and coup with pregnancy development and fatherhood.
How can we expect men to do their job properly when they don't have the resources to begin with?
Today, my wife is feeling better and we are enjoying our child and being parents. Thank you Karen, for writing this wonderful book. I highly recommend that this book, along with "this isn't what I expected" be on all new parents reading list.
I also suggest Beyond The Blues. I not only read this wonderful book by Shoshanna Bennett and Pec Indman, but was lucky enough to get therapy from Shoshana. She is a wonderful person and has a deep understaning of PPD and how it effects a family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing special. Just a more concise, easy-to-read summary of what I've read on the internet.Published 2 months ago by Russell
This book was recommended by a postpartum counselor during my wife's first journey through PPD. It's the best book I have found for husbands who are walking through this with their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jamieson Herman
This was so helpful for me. Bullet point for my husband. I could highlight things for him and give the even more condensed version of how to support me through PPD. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andrea Olson of Go Diaper Free
Every PPD husband must use this valuable resource. if you know if any woman walking through PPD, PLEASE give her spouse a copy of this,resource so he may understand how traumatic... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
Amazing book! Not only for husbands but women effected by post partum. Highly recmmend.Published 19 months ago by M & J
A bunch of bullet points. No flow, little empathy or sympathy. No attempt to guide how to make the marriage work after PPD. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Durrell fan
An eye opener for those who have no clue. Help not only the husband but other family members to understand.Published on August 1, 2013 by Roma
I read that book when I was depressed during my pregnancy. In a very simple and elegant way it explains the causes and consequences of depression for both husband and wife. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Xenia
If you are worried about postpartum affecting or is already affecting your family this is a great point form resource. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Jill