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Motherhood and Postnatal Depression


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Preface - 1.Introduction: From pregnancy to resolution from Postnatal depression - 2. Detection of postnatal depression - 3. Biopsychosocial theories and treatment options for postnatal depression - 4. "Kept in the dark": Childhood, pregnancy and childbirth experiences.- 5. Mothering alone: The adjustment to motherhood. - 6. "Postnatal": Trapped, alone in the dark -Womens's experiences of postnatal depression and drawings - 7. Living with uncertainty: The partner's experiences of Post natal depression- 8. Journeys to resolution - Postscript - Glossary of terms - References - Profiles and demographics of participants -Resources- Index

About the Author

Carolyn Westall is a parenting consultant for Peace of Mind Parenting Support which provides assistance to families who are struggling or need additional support with parenting. She is a registered nurse, midwife, and maternal and child health nurse who has facilitated postnatal support groups since 2001. For her PhD, Carolyn interviewed 33 women who resolved postnatal depression, and 18 partners; the research on which this book is based. She has one daughter and one son. Carolyn is passionate about trying to prevent postnatal depression. To follow this passion, Carolyn is setting up a charity, The Sue Evans Charity for Families. Sue was her sister who was tragically lost in the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, along with her brother in-law, Bob O'Sullivan, her nephew Jon LeGassick, and friends, Haydn McMahon and Kaya Mehmedoff, on February 7th, 2009. Sue wanted to help struggling families, particularly women in domestic violence situations and they were going to start a charity together before the bushfires. Sue's charity will assist families who are struggling, disadvantaged, isolated, or need additional support with the aim of preventing or reducing postnatal depression. Carolyn has published one chapter in a book: Gaining insight into women's knowing of postnatal depression using drawings (with Marilys Guillemin). In P. Liamputtong and J. Rumbold (Eds). Knowing differently: an introduction to experiential and arts-based research methods. (Nova Science Publishers, 2007). She has also published one journal article about postnatal depression: Childbirth and postnatal depression, Birth Matters (2002). Pranee Liamputtong holds a Personal Chair in Public Health at the School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Pranee has previously taught in the School of Sociology and Anthropology and worked as a public health research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Mothers' and Children's Health (now Mothers and Child Health Research), La Trobe University. Pranee's particular interests include issues related to cultural and social influences on childbearing, childrearing, and women's reproductive and sexual health. Pranee has two daughters. Pranee has published several books and a large number of papers in these areas. These include: Maternity and Reproductive Health in Asian Societies (with Lenore Manderson, Harwood Academic Press, 1996); Asian Mothers, Western Birth (Ausmed Publications, 1999); Living in a New Country: Understanding Migrants' Health (Ausmed Publications, 1999); Hmong Women and Reproduction (Bergin & Garvey, 2000); Coming of Age in South and Southeast Asia: Youth, Courtship and Sexuality (with Lenore Manderson, Curzon Press, 2002); Health, Social Change and Communities (with Heather Gardner, Oxford University Press, 2003). Her more recent books include Reproduction, Childbearing and Motherhood: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Nova Science Publishers, 2007); Childrearing and Infant Care Issues: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Nova Science Publishers, 2007); The Journey of Becoming a Mother amongst Thai Women in Northern Thailand (Lexington Books, 2007); Population, Community, and Health Promotion (with Sansnee Jirojwong, Oxford University Press, 2008); and Infant Feeding Practices: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Springer, New York, 2010). Pranee has published several research method books. Her first research method book is titled Qualitative Research Methods: A Health Focus (with Douglas Ezzy, Oxford University Press, 1999, reprinted in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004); the second edition of this book is titled Qualitative Research Methods (2005, reprinted in 2006, 2007, 2008); and the third edition is authored solely by herself (Qualitative Research Methods, 3rd edition, 2009). Pranee has also published a book on doing qualitative research online: Health Research in Cyberspace: Methodological, Practical and Personal Issues (Nova Science Publishers, 2006). Her new books include Researching the Vulnerable: A Guide to Sensitive Research Methods (Sage, London, 2007); Undertaking Sensitive Research: Managing Boundaries, Emotions and Risk (with Virginia Dickson-Swift and Erica James, Cambridge University Press, 2008); Knowing Differently:Arts-Based and Collaborative Research Methods (with Jean Rumbold, Nova Science Publishers, 2008); Doing Cross-Cultural Research: Ethical and Methodological Issues (Springer, 2008); and Performing Qualitative Cross-Cultural Research (Cambridge University Press, 2010). She is completing Focus Group Methodology: Principles and Practices for Sage, London, which will be published in late 2010.

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