The Darkest Days of My Life: Stories of Postpartum Depression (Hardback)
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The Darkest Days of My Life: Stories of Postpartum Depression (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 19/08/2002
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Having a baby is surely one of the pinnacle events of a woman's life, full of joy, serenity, and contentment--or so society tells a new mother, who thus finds herself ill-prepared for the exhaustion, boredom, and isolation that can follow childbirth. The resulting depression--how it is experienced, and how it might be relieved--is the subject of Natasha Mauthner's insightful and compassionate book, which recounts the stories of new mothers caught between a cultural ideal and a far more complex reality.

In Mauthner's interviews with thirty-five new mothers in Britain and America, we see how women contend with images of motherhood as a state of bliss for everyone but themselves. The British women tend to view their depression as a personal failure of strength; American women, as a result of hormonal fluctuation. But all vividly describe a similar state of paralysis and loneliness, with alternating love, resentment, and guilt toward their babies.

Most usefully, these women reveal the positive impact that other new mothers had on their depression. Far more important than their own family's support or understanding, the sense of not being alone in their trials emerges as a key source of strength and healing for women struggling with postpartum depression.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674007611
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm


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Mauthner...has collected stories of postpartum women's experiences over the last ten years. She includes interviews of women from the US and England, giving a more global perspective...Certainly it is timely...Mauthner does offer some advice for women experiencing postpartum depression. This advice includes the most frequent theme of the book: to realize the significance of interaction among postpartum women. The majority of all new mothers considered this the most important support they received as they experienced depression. - S. C. Grossman, Choice

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