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Postpartum Depression, with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #16

In this episode of the Birthful podcast, we focus on postpartum depression. As many as 1 in 5 moms will become depressed after having a baby. That’s a huge number, that unfortunately seems to be on the rise. I talk with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett about why postpartum depression happens, what it looks like, and what can be done about it.


To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.

 

What we talked about:

  • Why is there so much postpartum depression?
  • Finding support groups that really support
  • Online support for postpartum depression
  • Risk factors
  • Getting rid of the “super mom” trap
  • Newer treatments for postpartum depression
  • Key symptoms to watch out for
  • The benefits of talking
  • What do Omega-3 fatty acids have to do with postpartum depression?
  • It turns out that exercise can be as effective as a pill
  • Rewiring your brain: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Ways to help prevent PPD in the first place

 

Links to all the resources that Kathy mentioned, and more:

Kathy’s website and link to her scholarly articles:

 

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Courtesy of Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
About Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology. Her research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of maternal depression and the lifetime health effects of trauma. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 370 articles or chapters and is the author or editor of 24 books on maternal depression, family violence, and breastfeeding. Her most recent books include: Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014).

You can contact Kathleen through any of her websites (UppityScienceChick.com, BreastfeedingMadeSimple.com, KathleenKendall-Tackett.com, PraeclarusPress.com) or follow the conversation on her Facebook pages: facebook.com/kathleen.kendalltackett and facebook.com/PraeclarusPress

 

Adriana Lozada

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