The Darkest Days of My Life: Stories of Postpartum Depression

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $23.66
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 59%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $23.66   
  • New (4) from $29.50   
  • Used (7) from $23.66   

Overview

Having a baby is surely one of the pinnacle events of a woman's life, full of joy, serenity, and contentment--or so society tells a new mother, who thus finds herself ill-prepared for the exhaustion, boredom, and isolation that can follow childbirth. The resulting depression--how it is experienced, and how it might be relieved--is the subject of Natasha Mauthner's insightful and compassionate book, which recounts the stories of new mothers caught between a cultural ideal and a far more complex reality.

In Mauthner's interviews with thirty-five new mothers in Britain and America, we see how women contend with images of motherhood as a state of bliss for everyone but themselves. The British women tend to view their depression as a personal failure of strength; American women, as a result of hormonal fluctuation. But all vividly describe a similar state of paralysis and loneliness, with alternating love, resentment, and guilt toward their babies.

Most usefully, these women reveal the positive impact that other new mothers had on their depression. Far more important than their own family's support or understanding, the sense of not being alone in their trials emerges as a key source of strength and healing for women struggling with postpartum depression.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Choice

Mauthner...has collected stories of postpartum women's experiences over the last ten years. She includes interviews of women from the US and England, giving a more global perspective...Certainly it is timely...Mauthner does offer some advice for women experiencing postpartum depression. This advice includes the most frequent theme of the book: to realize the significance of interaction among postpartum women. The majority of all new mothers considered this the most important support they received as they experienced depression.
— S. C. Grossman

Choice - S. C. Grossman
Mauthner...has collected stories of postpartum women's experiences over the last ten years. She includes interviews of women from the US and England, giving a more global perspective...Certainly it is timely...Mauthner does offer some advice for women experiencing postpartum depression. This advice includes the most frequent theme of the book: to realize the significance of interaction among postpartum women. The majority of all new mothers considered this the most important support they received as they experienced depression.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674007611
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,308,034
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Natasha Mauthner is Deputy Director of the Arkelton Centre for Rural Development Research at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)