4th Edition

Depression in New Mothers, Volume 1 Causes, Consequences, and Risk Factors

By Kathleen Kendall-Tackett Copyright 2024
    218 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Depression in New Mothers, Volume 1: Causes, Consequences, and Risk Factors provides a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to understanding symptoms and risk factors of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in perinatal women, which are common complications of childbirth.

    To effectively intervene, health professionals must be aware of these conditions and ready to identify them in mothers they see. Written by a psychologist and International Board–Certified Lactation Consultant, this fourth edition is expanded into two complementary volumes: the first focuses on causes and consequences of poor perinatal mental health, and the second, on screening and treatment. This volume integrates recent research on:

    • Feeding methods and sleep location for mother–infant sleep
    • Traumatic birth experiences
    • Infant temperament, illness, and prematurity
    • Violence, discrimination, and adversity
    • The dysphoric milk-ejection reflex (D-MER)
    • COVID-19, military sexual trauma, immigration/refugee status, and the impact of war, displacement, and terrorist attacks

    Depression in New Mothers, Volume 1 includes mothers’ stories throughout, which provide examples of principles described in studies. Each chapter highlights key research findings and clinical takeaways. It is an essential resource for all healthcare practitioners working with mothers in the perinatal period, including nurses, midwives, doctors, lactation consultants, and psychologists.

    Section I: Symptoms, Incidence, And Consequences. 1.Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Comorbid Conditions.  2.Incidence of Depression in New Mothers And Fathers.  3.Depression’s Negative Effects on Mothers.  4.Maternal Depression Negatively Affects Babies and Children.  Section II: Underlying Mechanisms.  5.Inflammation: The Underlying Mechanism for Postpartum Mental Illness.  6.Breastfeeding: Nature’s Method to Protect Mothers’ Mental Health.  Section IIII: Physiological Risk Factors.  7.Mother-Infant Sleep and The Effect of Feeding Method.  8.Estrogen, Progesterone, And Thyroid.  Section IV: Psychological Risk Factors.  9.Attributional Style, Self-Efficacy, Perfectionism, And Psychiatric History.  10.Violence Against Women.  Section V: Birth-Related Risk Factors.  11.Incidence, Symptoms, And Mothers’ Experiences of Traumatic Birth.  12.Pre-Existing Conditions and Objective Risk Factors.  13.Subjective Experiences and Postpartum Factors.  Section VI: Social Risk Factors.  14.Pandemic, Disasters, And Immigration.  15.Smoking, Maternal Age and Socioeconomic Status, And Maternity Leave.  16.Social Support.  Section VII: Infant Characteristics.  17.Infant Crying, Temperament, And Sleep.  18.Prematurity, Infant Illness, And Prior Infant Loss.  19.Epilogue. 


    Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board–Certified Lactation Consultant. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychological Trauma. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, the Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology and is a member of Postpartum Support International’s President’s Advisory Committee. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's health research, including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology. This is her 41st book.

    Just when you think Kathleen Kendall-Tackett couldn’t improve on her classic essential book, Depression in New Mothers, she had done just that. Her 4th edition is so comprehensive it is now split into 2 volumes. Her incredible expertise in perinatal mental health shines through on every page of this indispensable guide.

    Dr Cheryl Beck, Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut, USA.

    This deeply holistic handbook integrates mind, body, relationships, and global social factors relating to perinatal depression.  Each chapter blends quantitative research with narratives that seamlessly contribute toward understanding and knowledgeably supporting those affected.  Only Dr. Kendall-Tackett can cover aspects from physiology to human rights this coherently, while providing clinical takeaways to support praxis in any context where we care for childbearing people.

    Julia Seng, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, Co-developer, Survivor Moms' CompanionTM, Professor, University of Michigan, United States