4th Edition

Depression in New Mothers, Volumes 1 and 2 Causes, Consequences and Treatments

    378 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Depression in New Mothers, Volumes 1 and 2 provides a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to understanding the causes of postpartum depression, for assessing the different treatment options, including those that are safe for breastfeeding mothers, and to treating postpartum depression.

    Depression is the most common complication of childbirth and results in adverse health outcomes for both mother and child. It is vital, therefore, that health professionals be ready to help women who have depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder in the perinatal period. Written by a Board-certified Lactation Consultant, this thoroughly updated fourth edition is divided into two volumes focusing on causes and consequences, and treatments respectively. It integrates the latest international research on perinatal mental health and breastfeeding, including new findings from around the world including on the role of oxytocin in maternal mental health, the impact that violence, adversity and discrimination can have on mothers in the perinatal period, and the dysphoric-milk-ejection response. It includes chapters on:

    • assessing depression
    • mother-infant sleep
    • traumatic birth experiences
    • infant temperament, illness, and prematurity
    • violence, discrimination and adversity
    • psychotherapy
    • complementary and integrative therapies
    • community support for new mothers
    • antidepressant medication • suicide and infanticide.

    Rich with case illustrations and invaluable in treating mothers in need of help, this two volume set is an essential resource for all healthcare practitioners working with mothers in the perinatal period, including nurses, midwives, doctors, lactation consultants and psychologists.

    The table of contents for volume 1 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. 

    The table of contents for volume 2 Section I: Screening for Depression and Co-Morbid Conditions.  1.Screening: Rationale and Barriers.  2.Selcting Screening Scales: General Considerations.  3.The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).  4.The Patient Health Questionnaires.  5. Other Screening Tools.  6.Assessing for Symptom Severity, Maternal Suicide Risk, And Possible Infant Harm.  Section II: Complementary and Integrative Treatments.  7. An Integrative Approach to Treatment.  8. Nutraceuticals I: Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids.  9. Nutraceuticals II: Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Curcumin, And St. John’s Wort.  10. Exercise.  11. Bright Light Therapy.  12.Emerging Cam Treatments.  Section III: Community Interventions.  13. Social Support: The Foundation to Community Support.  14.Peer and Healthcare Provider Support.  15.Home Visiting, Education, And Infant Massage.  Section IV: Psychotherapy.  16.Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.  17.Interpersonal Psychotherapy.  18. Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma Treatment. Section V: Medications.  19. Overview Of Antidepressants.  20. Antidepressants for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women.  21. Atypical Antidepressants: Ketamine and Brexanolone.  22. Putting It All Together. 


    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.

    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

    In Depression in New Mothers, Vol II, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett provides a clear clinical context for the necessity of effective screening and assessment as the critical link to promoting successful treatment outcomes. She identifies the wide range of screening tools, their benefits and drawbacks, and current evidence-based treatments beyond just a pharmacological approach. This text is an invaluable roadmap for best practices in decision-making for the field of maternal mental health.

     Diana L. Barnes, Psy.D PMH-C 

    This book comprehensively overviews screening and treatment options for a woman experiencing perinatal mental health conditions. It covers evidenced-based complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies well. An amazing overview of psychotherapy as a  treatment and a review of medication options. A highly recommended informative book for practitioners in the field of perinatal mental health.

     Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, PMH-C, Certification and Training Director, Postpartum Support International