postpartum depression booksPlease read the following message from Amber Koter-Puline, awesome Warrior Mom and blogger at Beyond Postpartum. She’s going to be leading Postpartum Progress’ new Warrior Mom Book Club. I’m so thrilled we’re going to be doing this thanks to her. Wahoo!!!!

I am super excited to be hosting a new feature at Postpartum Progress: the Warrior Mom Book Club. Even just since 2007 when I suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety, so much more information, education and just plain old sharing around women’s mental health has occurred. From books on personal accounts of postpartum depression to the plethora of rocking’ blogs written by Warrior Moms, we have no lack of reading material right at our fingertips.

I don’t know about you, but with so much out there I often have difficulty choosing what to read, especially since I’m a married WAHM of two young boys. I just don’t have time to keep up with all the blog posts, and my stack of books waiting to be read is enormous (both on paper and virtually on my Kindle list).

The Warrior Mom Book Club might be just for you if you enjoy reading a casual talk about what you’ve read, in the midst of your busy life. Since this is a new idea, there aren’t really any rules, and I’m sure the evolution around how we communicate with each other will be organic. We’ll just read books about postpartum depression and related illnesses — don’t worry, we won’t do too many because I know you probably have as little time as I do — and as a group we’ll do a review which I’ll write up for Postpartum Progress that everyone else here can read.

We’re going to begin with this awesome book that I read when my first son, who I call L1, was about two. I have been wanting to read it again since I had my second child. It’s called Hillbilly Gothic, by Adrienne Martini, and it’s funny, honest, deep and raw while still managing to be incredibly well-written and even educational at times. You can check it out on Amazon. Here’s their description:

Hillbilly Gothic, postpartum depression book

“My family has a grand tradition. After a woman gives birth, she goes mad. I thought that I would be the one to escape.”

So begins Adrienne Martini’s candid, compelling, and darkly humorous history of her family’s and her own experiences with depression and postpartum syndrome.

Whether you are currently suffering, a survivor of a perinatal mood disorder, or a caregiver, f you think you might like to take part in the Warrior Mom Book Club, please email me at atlantamom930 (@)  Once the details are worked out, we’ll also post more information here at Postpartum Progress and also on my blog, Beyond Postpartum. If you want to join us, please plan to have read the first chapter (or at least to have ordered the book) by mid-June.