After The Stork: The Couple’s Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Postpartum Depression is a book written for anyone getting ready to welcome a baby into the family.—regardless of whether you’re gay or straight, single or partnered, expecting or adopting, this book is for you. After The Stork aims to dispel the myths and empower contemporary parents to embrace this life changing transition with ease and joy.
Women have been having babies since the beginning of time, and we can safely assume that the hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy and childbirth have remained constant. Societies and cultures, in contrast, do change, waxing and waning throughout history. Why should we believe that depression (which is pathological) is a hormonal response to a normal biological event? To imagine that biochemistry alone can account for something as complex as how a couple adjusts to parenthood is like building castles in the sand, a fine idea that cannot hold up under the waves of evidence. This book argues that the first step in helping both women and men with PPD is to break the strangle-hold that this overly simplistic mindset has on the way we think about the postpartum period, and to look at the whole picture—including social, cultural, and lifestyle factors.