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Published on July 13th, 2018 | by The Post Partum Stress Center

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A New Mother’s Dilemma: Does Asking Your Doctor for Help Make It Better or Worse?

As part of The Postpartum Stress Center’s #speakthesecret campaign, author and international perinatal expert Karen Kleiman teamed up with artist Molly McIntyre to create comic depictions of the unspoken emotions that often accompany motherhood. Recently, stories of misinformed and untrained healthcare providers misguiding, and even calling the police on, women with postpartum depression and anxiety have made the headlines (here is Jessica Porten’s story). When providers respond inappropriately, lives are disrupted and symptoms can escalate—and reading these news stories can cause other people struggling with postpartum distress to avoid speaking to their doctors out of fear of the possible repercussions. On the other hand, research has shown that an engaged, cooperative and straightforward discussion of postpartum depression and anxiety will reduce symptoms and is associated with a higher probability that the mother will follow through with getting help. The hope is that this comic will serve as a reminder to moms to express what they may need to say to their provider, and simultaneously provide a guide for providers to help patients struggling with postpartum stress find the help they need. 

Karen Kleiman, Founder and Executive Director of The Postpartum Stress Center

Molly McIntyre

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About the Author

The Post Partum Stress Center

Karen Kleiman is Founder and Executive Director of The Postpartum Stress Center, a premier treatment and professional training center for postpartum depression and anxiety, since 1988. Karen is the author of several groundbreaking books on perinatal distress and continues to advocate for better trainings and access to treatment for all maternal mental health issues. Find The Postpartum Stress Center on Instagram.

Molly McIntyre is an illustrator and comic artist living in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and young son. Her work has been featured in Bitch Magazine, Everyday Feminism, Scary Mommy, Psychology Today, and more. She is currently working on a collection of comics about new motherhood, titled Momzines.



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