Resources To Help
Women who experience postpartum difficulty without seeking treatment can affect the quality of not only themselves, but that of those around them...especially their baby. It is important that you talk to your OB/GYN or Family Doctor about any concerns that you may have so that the helping process can start. Although it takes a lot of courage to discuss, it will be well worth the risk. Options for treatment can include group therapy, individual therapy, and/or medication.
Texas House Bill #341 (also referred to by lawmakers as “The Andrea Yates Bill”) became effective September 1, 2003. For the first time ever, TEXAS OB/GYNs, hospitals, birth centers, and midwives are responsible for informing their patients of postpartum resources (IN WRITING) for behavioral health and parenting skills issues which may arise after having a child and keeping the information on file for three years. Your doctor SHOULD NOT be shocked or unprepared if you ask for help!
IT IS NOW THE LAW IN TEXAS TO OFFER HELP!!
San Antonio Counseling Specialists
The Postpartum Depression Center of San Antonio
& The Seasons of Life Counseling Center
Specializing in Women & Family Issues Across the Lifespan
Sue Clifford, LPC-S (Director)
Suzanne Davis-Thomas, LPC-S (Director)
1122 West Blanco Street, San Antonio, TX 78232
Office: (210) 497-0800
Fax: (210) 492-2630
United Way 24-Hour Help Line (210) 227-HELP (4357)
Lee Ann Goetsch, Doula
TEXAS: Outside of San Antonio Area
Social Support Group: Dallas Association for Parent Education (D.A.P.E.)
Telephone: (972) 699-0420 Contact: Sheila McComas
777 S. Central Building 1, Suite T, Richardson, TX 75080 USA.
The Postpartum Adjustment Support Group
Contact: The Woman's Hospital of Texas, Room 150 of the Education Department,
7600 Fannin in Houston
Telephone: Education Dept (713) 791-7593 or Sherry Duson (713) 506-2522
Professional Organization Web Sites & Support Forums
Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Stress Center
Online PPD Support Group
The Austin Center for the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
American Psychiatric Association
Families for Depression Awareness
Postpartum Education for Parents
eHealthMD: Depression After Delivery: How Can Partners Help Women Overcome Postpartum Depression ?
Books (Most recent list visit PSI)
1.Evaluation & Treatment of Postpartum Emotional Disorders by Ann Dunnewold, Ph.D.
2. Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Brooke Shields (2005)
3. When Words Are Not Enough: The Womans Prescription for Depression & Anxiety by Valerie Davis Raskin
4. Postpartum Depression: Every Womans Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, & Prevention by Sharon L. Roan
5. The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleinman
6. The Girlfriends Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood by Vicki Iovine
7.Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression by Marie Osmond, Marcia Wilkie (Contributor), Judith Moore (Contributor) Warner Books (2001)
8. Beyond The Blues: Prenatal and Postpartum Depression by Shoshana Bennett and Pec Indman; Moodswings Press (2002)
9. Overcoming Postpartum Depression & Anxiety by Linda Sebastian LPC (1998)
10. This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin; Bantam Books (1994)
11. What Am I Thinking? Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman (2005)
12. Sleepless Days : One Woman's Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Susan Kushner Resnick
Copyright 2005 Sue Clifford, LPC-S. All rights reserved.