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One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My! by [Leung, Ivy Shih ]
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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Wendy N. Davis, PhD - Executive Director, Postpartum Support International
"One Mom's Journey to Motherhood is a wonderfully thorough and accessible treasure trove of research, compelling information, and encouraging advice. It is sure to become a favorite, like a great cookbook that you return to over and over, knowing that you'll find just what you want and references too! Ivy Shih Leung has written a thoroughly informed book with such a warm approach, it is easy for the reader to take in the solid information and the message of hope and recovery at the same time. Reading that Ivy has overcome her own struggles and written such a wonderful guide is in itself empowering and hopeful.  Every chapter is full of information, written with honesty, clarity, and perceptive suggestions. I am very careful about books to recommend to families and providers who want to learn about pregnancy and postpartum mental health; this is one book that I can recommend without reservation.  Ivy's background in biology, her careful research, and her strong spirit have worked together to create an insightful author, and we are all the better for it. Thank you Ivy for being such an inspiring advocate and sharing this contribution to the field of perinatal mental health!"
Katherine Stone - Author, Postpartum Progress Blog (
"The more women who speak out about their experience with postpartum depression, the more likely it is we will be able to eradicate the stigma that prevents new mothers from asking for help. I'm so grateful to Ivy for her courage and honesty, and the willingness to tell her story.  This book has the power to help another woman see that she is not alone."
Sonia Murdock - Executive Director and Co-founder, Postpartum Resource Center of New York
"Ivy Shih Leung's One Mom's Journey to Motherhood is a book women have been waiting for.  Ivy is a passionate advocate who honestly shares like a friend to educate and empower others through her deeply personal experiences of infertility, childbirth complications and postpartum depression.  Women on their own journey will gain hope and not feel so alone.  Healthcare providers will gain valuable insight too."
Mariann Moore, MSW, ACSW, LCSW - Executive Director, Hudson Perinatal Consortium, Inc.
"A heartfelt story of survivorship....compelling and practical. Every pregnant woman should read this book."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1880 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AbbottPress (November 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C1DXBE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ivy, as she says, gives us a picture of the "ordinary postpartum depression" experience. But her personal story is about so much more than postpartum depression.

I had a lot of emotions as I read her personal story and learned about her inner emotional life. I found out why she has a big heart and a willingness to reach out to others.

To me, Ivy's book is about how she solidified her sense of self and built a loving life with hard emotional work and maturation.

Her description of how her disease progressed is valuable information for other women and families who wonder if postpartum depression is even a real condition, let alone what it actually feels like.

She vividly describes her insomnia, anxiety, fear and deep depression.

Her description of her interactions with the medical community as her symptoms appear and then escalate is sad and maddening, as she is dismissed by annoyed doctors on call, patronized, misdiagnosed and incorrectly medicated. Women, take note.

Her story is also one of recovery. Ivy did not give up in her self-advocacy. She kept trying until she found the correct doctor who could help her help herself.

Today, Ivy is functioning as a professional, a wife and a mother. She does not suffer from depression, she fully recovered.

In this book, she bravely pulls back the curtain on her personal postpartum depression experience. In doing so, she chips away at the stigma associated with this disease. She helps other women and their families recognize the symptoms of this disease so they can help themselves and get the proper help.
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