Over nine years ago, my dear friend Walker Ladd, MFA, MA, Perinatal Mental Health Contributor for Science and Sensibility, Giving Birth With Confidence, and Midwife Connection, told me she was conducting a dissertation research study exploring transformational dimensions of postpartum depression (PPD). The study was part of the criteria to assist Walker in meeting the requirements of the Global Doctoral Psychology program at Sofia University. She asked me if I wanted to participate. She explained that participation would be a valuable contribution to a deeper understanding of the topic of personal transformation through the experience of PPD.
By December 2014, Walker turned her dissertation into a published book titled “Transformed by Postpartum Depression.” Just as the title suggests, this book focuses on the transformative power that women suffering from a postpartum mood disorder like PPD possess. It is a critical book that women suffering from PPD must have a chance to read. This book is exactly what I wish I could’ve found when I was sick with PPD and was desperately seeking other people’s stories but only found those written by celebrities, not of regular folks like myself.
It’s been nearly 16 years since I came out of that dark tunnel, but despite the number of years, the number of people treating women in a medical capacity that are uneducated about PPD still greatly outnumber those who are educated about PPD. This book should be mandatory reading for all individuals in the medical and mental health occupations who need to treat expectant and new mothers at any given point of their careers. It should absolutely be on the required reading list for medical/nursing schools!!!
I remember when I received a copy of “Transformed by Postpartum Depression” back on December 13, 2014 (12/13/14!). I was beyond thrilled for Walker. And I was deeply honored Walker had chosen to include me in her book.
Now, six years later, her second edition of the book is out!
I will never be able to fully convey how honored I truly feel for her choosing me (of all people!) to write a foreword for this new edition. I will also never be able to fully express just how much respect I have for Walker and gratitude for the amazing gift of a book–so intelligently-written, informative, inspirational, and fact- and research-filled– to help new mothers and their families. She worked so hard on the interviews and research to write this book, so let’s make sure people read it!
This book isn’t just one survivor’s story. It’s the stories of 25 survivors (5 new ones added to this edition). Twenty-six, actually, if you count Walker’s! Go get your copy today! At the very least, please be sure to share information about this book with others! Thank you!