Monday, August 27, 2012

Alanis Morissette Opens Up About Postpartum Depression

It's great when celebrities open up about their experience with postpartum depression. As a performer, Alanis Morissette must be under an amazing amount of stress, and if even she is struggling with postpartum depression, it makes it a lot easier to make "normal" moms accept that they don't have to live with postpartum depression, there are so many resources where they can get help.
"The entertainment media world has exploded this week with news that singer Alanis Morissette struggled with postpartum depression."
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How Other Cultures Prevent Postpartum Depression

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett takes a look at how other cultures prevent postpartum depression.

"As citizens of an industrialized nation, we often act as if we have nothing to learn from the Third World. Yet many of these cultures are doing something extraordinarily right—especially in how they care for new mothers. In their classic paper, Stern and Kruckman (1983) present an anthropological critique of the literature. They found that in the cultures they studied, postpartum disorders, including the “baby blues,” were virtually non-existent. In contrast, 50–85 percent of new mothers in industrialized nations experience the “baby blues,” and 15–25 percent (or more) experience postpartum depression."

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