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One Mom’s Journey to Motherhood

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, April 01, 2012 | 0 comments

One Mom’s Journey to MotherhoodIvy Shih Leung wrote a new book that bravely attempts to bust motherhood myths and the stigma that exists because of those myths—and the impact such myths and stigma have when it comes to societal perception of mental health issues during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.

An ordinary woman emerging from a life-changing experience, Leung has decided to make a difference in the lives of others by telling her very honest story about how postpartum depression (PPD) prevented her from fully appreciating her first few months as a mother – a time that society only characterizes as a happy one.

Ivy Shih Leung wrote her book based on what she was so desperate to find when she was suffering from PPD herself—comfort, hope of recovery, and helpful tips and facts to help validate that what a PPD mother is experiencing is a real illness with physical symptoms and needs treatment, just as any other illness like diabetes has physical symptoms and needs treatment.  

One Mom’s Journey to Motherhood provides a window through which readers can get a glimpse of Leung’s life before, during and after PPD, and how her life before PPD played a role, since both genetic and environmental factors can trigger it.

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Image: One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!, by Ivy Shih Leung. Publisher: Abbott Press (November 15, 2011)-One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!
by Ivy Shih Leung

-- Author Ivy Shih Leung shares her not-so-perfect road to motherhood in this book that is part memoir and part self-help guide, reflecting lessons learned in the form of helpful tips and information to empower readers on the biological and sociological roots behind postpartum depression (PPD).

She also seeks to raise awareness of the myths of motherhood and the stigma of PPD that contribute to the silent suffering of many mothers, as well as the importance of adequate social support in the early postpartum weeks.

A culmination of Ivy's frightening PPD journey and her emergence from it with a passion to learn more about perinatal mood disorders, this book is fueled with passion to help other women and their families, anger from the unnecessary suffering Ivy went through from the lack of information available to the public about PPD, her doctors' ignorance and lack of sensitivity, and public remarks like, There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

All of which shows there's still a long way to go in terms of educating the public about an illness that is suffered by one in eight new mothers.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 428 pages
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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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