Beyond the Baby Blues is a comprehensive Australian resource guide to perinatal depression and anxiety (PND). Readers will receive solid scientific advice combined with the experiences of individuals and families affected and the professionals who treat them.
The book includes the scientific explanation for PND an exploration of perinatal screening and the ideals and the realities of early parenthood. There is still a heavy stigma attached to perinatal depression in Australia compared to the rest of world. The authors want to increase understanding and open the conversation about depression during and after pregnancy so that parents do not suffer alone.
Caring professionals, family members and friends explain how they helped sufferers of depression, as well as how their caretaker involvement affected their own lives. Included are self-care strategies aimed to help parents take care of themselves and their families throughout the difficult first year of parenthood.
Beyond the Baby Blues is supportive and encouraging, deeply personal yet backed up with science and medical expertise.
Seana Smith is the author of Sydney for Under Fives and the co-author of The Australian Autism Handbook, Beyond the Baby Blues and The Superfoods Index. She studied Latin, Greek and Old and Mediaeval English at Wadham College, University of Oxford before coming to Australia and becoming a best-selling author and well-followed blogger on family and health issues. Read her writings at Hello Sydney Kids and Swim The World.