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The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook
The Guide to Surviving Your Emotions When Having a Baby

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ISBN 9780367699666
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
152 Pages 23 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Becoming a new parent is one of the biggest changes one can face in life. You are experiencing enormous changes biologically, hormonally, and emotionally. Your whole life may seem uprooted. It makes sense that you might be feeling significant mood changes as well. With 1/5 of mothers and 1/10 of partners experiencing depression and anxiety when having a baby, this workbook will remind you that you are not alone. It will empower you in managing your changing moods throughout your pregnancy and postpartum/postnatal recovery, helping explain what you are feeling and offering tangible skills that will help you feel better. 

This workbook is written with sleep deprived new parents in mind, providing helpful information in short, digestible segments intermixed with thought-provoking activities. You can pick it up and put it down, reading it on your timing, without the information becoming overwhelming. The workbook covers the entire range of mood symptoms, from the Baby Blues, to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and more. 

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook uses inclusive language and content applicable to all new parents. There are chapters dedicated to parents with babies in the NICU or with medical issues, the impact of mood symptoms on partners, and the impact of culture and identity on mental health. There is also a resource section with a wide array of support available to meet the needs of any parent. Adoptive and single parents, same-sex, BIPOC and gender non-conforming parents, as well as clinicians and birth workers will find this book to be an invaluable resource.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Helpful Information—Empowering You With Education  1. How to Get the Most Out of This Workbook  2. What’s Going on With Me? Breaking Down the Differences Between Baby Blues and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders  3. Learning More About Your Moods: No, Seriously, What’s Going on With Me?  4. Risk Factors and Screening: Why me, and What Next? Part 2:  Building Tangible Skills to Help You Weather the Storm  5. Sleep and Self-care: Tangible Ways to Climb out of the Black Hole  6. Attachment and Bonding: Creating a Secure Foundation With Your Baby While In the Middle of Your Storm  7. Mom Guilt and Other Mind Battles: How to Manage Your Thoughts, Moods, and Behaviors Using Cognitive Behavioral Skills  8. How to Manage Your Really Awful Thoughts: Name Your Dragon to Slay Your Dragon  9. Role Changes, Building Support and Improving Effective Communication Skills: How to Build and Strengthen your Village   10. Mindfulness, Meditation, Relaxation: How to quiet the storm within  Part 3: Additional Factors—All the Things That Can Pile on and Impact Your Mood  11. Embracing All of You: How Your Culture and Identity Intersects With Your Mental Health  12: How’s Your Partner Doing? (Yes, They Can Struggle Too!)  13: Crying, Low Sex Drive, Irritability and More: How Your Hormonal and Biological Changes Impact Your Emotions  14: A Tough Situation Just Got Tougher: How Parenting a Child With Health Issues or Disabilities Can Impact Your Mood  Part 4: What’s Next?  15: From Ambivalent to Terrified and Everything In Between: Creating an Empowering Postpartum Plan for the Next Pregnancy  16: So What Now? Treatment Options


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Bethany Warren, LCSW, PMH-C, is an experienced psychotherapist certified in both EMDR therapy and Perinatal Mental Health. She regularly provides trainings and lectures on women’s mental health and trauma. 

Beth Creager Berger, Ph.D., is a psychologist with over 20 years of experience specializing in anxiety disorders and Perinatal Mental Health. She frequently lectures to physicians and community groups about PMADs.


"Rich with practical information, The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook is written in a format accessible for even the most exhausted or distressed parent or partner. This indispensable workbook can be used independently or as a companion to psychotherapy. Warren and Berger have created an essential tool that’s long been missing in the toolbox for family well-being. Many thanks to you both for the support and assistance this book will provide!"

Pec Indman, PA, EdD, MFT, PMH-C; co-author of Beyond the Blues, Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

"The thoughtfulness and expertise in this workbook is unmatched. By combining necessary information and very usable skills in an easily accessible format, it will feel like having both brilliant psychotherapists right by your side. This is an essential addition to the much-needed resources for any pregnant or postpartum person, as well as for the clinicians who support them."

Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D., PMH-C; Mom & Mind podcast; Postpartum Support International executive board member-at-large

"This is an ‘Everything I needed to know about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS)’ guided self-help workbook for any woman who is pregnant, postpartum or wanting to learn more about PMADs. This workbook is also a wonderful tool for maternal mental health practitioners to use with their clients. With attention to special populations, it is inclusive and accessible to all women. It provides mothers the knowledge to better understand their affliction so they can start battling it successfully. It teaches women skills, so they not only survive their emotions when having a baby but thrive."

Alison Reminick, MD; associate professor of psychiatry; director, Women's Reproductive Mental Health Program, University of California, San Diego, USA 

"Although there are many wonderful books about postpartum depression, Bethany Warren and Dr. Berger have provided readers with the most comprehensive and current workbook on the market on how to manage struggles with pregnancy and postpartum mood disruptions. Their voices are relatable, their knowledge is vast, and they succeed in reminding the reader that they are not alone and can get better with the skills provided in this workbook."

Maria Henke Elswick, MD OB/GYN; maternal mental health specialist

"They nailed it. The impact of pregnancy and postpartum on emotions should not be overlooked and emphasis on mental health is paramount in recovery during the 4th trimester. Beyond addressing Postpartum Depression, Bethany and Beth help new parents navigate this difficult time by addressing important topics such as the entire range of mood symptoms a new parent might experience, how to interweave self-care in a feasible way, and the impact that having a baby and having depression, anxiety, and other mood struggles can have on a relationship. They make this workbook user friendly for hard working/sleep deprived new parents." 

Jay Goldberg, M.D.

"This is the book we’ve all been waiting for. Warren and Berger use their expertise to create the ultimate go-to bible on mental healing during pregnancy and beyond. Effortlessly, and with a warm and friendly style, they hew a mountain of research-informed methods into practical bite-sized chunks proven to help women on their path into motherhood. No mother or (maternal health therapist!) can afford to miss this valuable resource."

Dr. Sarah Simmons, Psychiatrist


"As an Ob-Gyn for over thirty years, I am so grateful to Bethany Warren and Dr. Berger for creating this much-needed workbook. The comprehensive and practical scope of this book is ideal for pregnant and postpartum women experiencing a wide spectrum of moods and emotions. I look forward to it helping many of my patients and their families."

Dr. Kirstin Lee, ObGyn


"This is a wonderful, rich and warm resource for women and professionals in the perinatal period.

The authors' warmth and compassion leaps from the page and the chapters are clearly defined and accessible.

I love the inclusion of prompts and sections to record thoughts and feelings which allow the reader to reflect and pause.This book covers so many issues that affect new parents and does not shy away from difficult topics or feelings. Highly recommended, I will be sharing it with the families I work with here in London, England!" 

Dr. Rebecca Moore, Consultant Psychiatrist, Co Founder of Make Birth Better