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Most people have heard of post-partum depression. What many people do not know is that anxiety and depression can be experienced during pregnancy, as well, and the impact can be both debilitating and devastating. This book is a unique combination of one woman's story of her struggle with perinatal distress and actionable advice from a professional in the field. Rebecca Fox Starr shares her personal story of marriage, motherhood, prenatal anxiety and depression, severe postpartum anxiety and depression, recovery process and hope for the future. Woven throughout the narrative, Dr. Amy Wenzel, a specialist in the field of Perinatal Mood Disorders, provides readers with clinical information and advice, addressing risk factors, warning signs, definitions and recovery options. Stories from other women who experienced prenatal anxiety or depression are included as well. No longer do women have to suffer in silence, question their symptoms, or try to hide their feelings. Here, readers will see themselves in the narrative and understand that the devastating effects of prenatal and post-partum depression can be confirmed, treated, and managed, giving them hope for a brighter future.

About the Author

Rebecca Fox Starr

Rebecca Fox Starr is a Philadelphia-based author, writer, blogger, speaker, and mental health advocate. She created her internationally-read blog, Mommy, Ever After, in 2010, following the birth of her first child. When she became pregnant with her second child in 2013, Rebecca suffered from prenatal anxiety & depression and subsequent severe postpartum depression. She decided to document her journey, in real time, in an effort to help others. Her two nonfiction titles, "Beyond the Baby Blues: Anxiety and Depression During and After Pregnancy" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) and "Baby Ever After: Expanding Your Family After Postpartum Depression" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) have helped women, sufferers, students, and practitioners across the globe. Her first children's book will be released by Familius in April of 2021. Rebecca writes candidly about her life as a mother, survivor, advocate, singer/songwriter, dance-partier and studded-shoe collector. Her story has been featured in The New York Times, HuffPost, on ABC News and in all forms of media across the world. Rebecca lives and writes with her husband, daughter, son and three dogs in the suburbs of Philadelphia. More about Rebecca can be found on her blog at www.MommyEverAfter.com and on social media outlets @rebeccafoxstarr.

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