About the Book

“One Mom’s Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!” is available for sale!  Please visit my Facebook author page for info on my book.  You can purchase via Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Or if you are an organization that would like to purchase in larger quantities, please send me a message via my FB author page, and I can arrange for you.  Here is the press release (that I’d written) and a touching book review written by Kathy Morelli, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Director of BirthTouch, LLC®.

I took my passion for and experience in written communications and creating tools to educate colleagues, streamline procedures, and reduce processing errors at work to writing my book, with the goal of:

1.  Sharing my experience so others would not feel as alone as I did when I was trapped in the dark PPD tunnel, not knowing what was happening to me and why.
2.  Sharing what I learned from reading around 20 books and countless articles.  The book isn’t just a memoir; it’s also a self-help guide that also touches on PPD basics (environment vs. heredity, risk factors);  tips for the mom, partner, friends and family; and how to get help.

3.  Helping to dispel motherhood myths that prey on the vulnerable emotions and weakened physical state of new moms.  Speaking of motherhood myths, I focus on seven PPD / motherhood myths in my book.  These seven myths, in my opinion, figure quite prominently when it comes to motherhood, especially first-time motherhood:

  • Pregnancy is always a smooth, easy, and blissful experience
  • Baby blues is the same thing as PPD
  • PPD is a make-believe illness
  • Loving your baby means never taking a break
  • Motherhood is instinctive and can be handled solo (aka the Supermom Myth)
  • All mothers fall instantly in love with and bond with their babies
  • Breastfeeding is instinctive

4.  Helping to spread the word that it really does take a village when it comes to raising a child, and mothering the mother is not a new trend of the “weak.”

If you are interested in writing a book about your PPD story but are unsure how to get started (or have some questions or would like some advice), please do not hesitate to drop me a comment below (or send me a message via my FB author page), and I will email you back and we’ll see what I can do to help you start your journey to becoming an author!

18 thoughts on “About the Book

  1. Hello Ivy,

    I hope you’re well.

    My name is James Withey, I live in Brighton in the UK and I run a website called The Recovery Letters which publishes letters from people recovering from depression, addressed to those currently suffering. http://www.therecoveryletters.com

    I live alongside major depression and after 20 years of working in social care I now work in a library and spend my time running the website and doing public speaking about depression and mental health. Amongst other places, I have been interviewed about The Recovery Letters on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 here in the UK.

    I have a book contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers http://www.thebookseller.com/news/jessica-kingsley-signs-recovery-letters-333366 to publish a book of current letters from the site alongside new letters. It will be published in the US and the UK in August 2017. I wonder if you would be interested in writing a letter? I really like your website and your writing on PPD; I am very keen on representing all types of depression and want to ensure we have compassionate voices about PPD. There’s no remuneration I am afraid but hope you still might be interested.

    If this sounds of interest send me an e-mail and I can tell you more, therecoveryletters@yahoo.co.uk. You can find The Recovery Letters on twitter @RecoveryLetters and on Facebook too.

    Very best wishes,

    James

    • Hi James, thank you so much for reaching out to me and for your interest in my writing. I would be very interested in participating but traveling at the moment. Will reach out to you shortly for more info.
      Best,
      Ivy

  2. Hi again, just checking to make sure you hadn’t emailed yet, haven’t received one yet and hoping you have the correct email address! Thanks in advance:)

  3. Your insomnia ppd blog hit so so close to home for me and I would be interested to get in touch with you via email to get more insight/hope.

    • Hello there-
      Just a quick note to let you know that I will be in touch with you soon. Turning in shortly and going to be running around tomorrow. Whereabouts do you live and are you being seen by a healthcare professional right now? If not, would you like me to find someone local who can help you get on track to recovery? How many weeks since you’ve had your baby?

      • Hey thanks for the reply, my story is a long one, starting in my last weeks of pregnancy (I had twins). I am currently on medication and working with a therapist, although the meds seem to be giving more benefits than the therapist. I am not out of the woods yet, and have had so much despair over the last month and a half. And I believe I’m slowly but surely getting better. Your blog is literally the first thing I read that hit the nail on the head, I didn’t realize I wasn’t alone! And I am located in Michigan, I’m hopeful I’m on the right road to recovery.

        • Hi again-
          I will email you tomorrow. I’m glad to hear you’re getting help. Recovery does take time. I was on Paxil for a full year because it took a while to wean from it. I’m really glad you found my blog because you can see from all the comments over the years that moms have left for me on postpartum insomnia. You can see from a lot of them that they were fearful they would never recover and that they were alone in their experience. But they did recover and they weren’t alone! You can see more mothers’ experiences and perhaps even share your story with others by joining the Postpartum Support Int’l closed FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/25960478598/. Stay strong!

  4. Ivy, because of your blog and related links to other bloggers and help-sites, I am miraculously “cured” of my current episode of PPD…you have removed the isolation and darkness I have felt for the past few months, the despair and fear of not ever being able to enjoy the role of being a mum again.

    You and all who share their experiences on PPD and hope to help others pull through this darkest journey are angels.
    Thank you and God Bless!

    • Hi Pam,
      I’m so pleased to hear my blog helped you feel less alone and helped in some way with your recovery. May I ask how long your recovery took and whether you also sought medical help to get better?
      Warmly,
      Ivy

  5. Ivy, thank you for this blog. I’m struggling through PPD now and was wondering if I could contact you to frame my own experience. Thank you for your consideration.

  6. I’m writing an ebook (which I’m going to serialise as a blog) about my experience of post partum psychosis. In fact it’s nearly finished. I’m trying to build an audience on twitter for when I launch the blog, do you have any tips on what I could do please?

  7. I have been on lexapro 20 mg for 12 weeks now and have slooowly been getting better but had panic attack at work today and took a Xanax. Very discouraged and scared. Can I talk with you? My number 586-468-6598. My email is lennyandchris@att.net

    • Hi Chris, sorry to hear about your panic attack. Have you spoken to your doc about this? What state do you live in? I will send an email later tonight as I am in transit right now.

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