Baby Ever After

Baby Ever After : Expanding Your Family After Postpartum Depression

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In Beyond the Baby Blues: Anxiety and Depression During and After Pregnancy Rebecca Fox Starr gives a candid account of her battle with prenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression. Rebecca's story has touched readers deeply and, as her own journey has continued, so has her story, having veered in an unexpected direction: the decision about a future baby.
What many people do not realize is that the idea of another pregnancy post-postpartum can be cripplingly frightening to a woman and her loved ones. Rebecca addresses this woefully in her first book, opening up about her sadness that her "shop is closed." Having a baby was an option taken off the table, for a reason completely out of her control.
Until it wasn't.
In 2017 Rebecca and her husband began exploring the idea of expanding their family, and, therefore consulted experts in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, perinatal mental health, fertility, adoption, surrogacy, and grief (in coping with the idea that, despite all of the options, the most sound of all could be to not have another child). Books on the topic of pregnancy after postpartum depression are scarce, making it difficult to find support or advice.
This book, anchored in Rebecca's story, offers an informative guide to the expert advice and insight, alongside current research, for women who want to explore pregnancy and other family expansion options after postpartum depression. With heartfelt stories, clinical data, and a consideration of the range of options and the emotions that along with them, Rebecca's book fills a gaping hole in an area that leaves too many women feeling abjectly alone.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 140 x 216mm
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1538127377
  • 9781538127377

Table of contents

Part I: A Hard Story
Chapter 1: My Shop is Closed
Chapter 2: Or is it?
Part II: A Hopeful Story
Chapter 3: Grand Re-opening
Chapter 4: Blueprints: Pregnancy After Postpartum Depression
Chapter 5: 24/7, 365: Adoption after Postpartum Depression
Chapter 6: Open for Occupancy: Surrogacy After Postpartum Depression
Chapter 7: How to Hang the "Closed" Sign: Choosing Not to Expand the Family After Postpartum Depression
Chapter 8. When You Leave the Door Ajar, the Weather is Always Windy: When You Just Aren't Sure
Chapter 9: Holding the Keys
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Review quote

Rebecca Fox Starr shares her intimate journey through severe postpartum depression related to childbearing and infertility, including voices from other moms when thinking about subsequent pregnancy. Her second book highlights the internal biological struggle of asking `maybe we can' balanced with questions about risks associated with medication regimens, adoption and possible surrogacy. A brilliantly written and straightforward lens of her internal journey to survive through two pregnancies while finding a way toward healing and health. -- Ginger Breedlove, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, March for Moms President, Author of "Nobody Told Me About That: The First Six Weeks" As a survivor and perinatal psychologist, I'm delighted that Rebecca has boldly broken new ground with Baby Every After. With beautiful detail, honesty, engaging scenarios and even humor, she sensitively raises the many valid options for families following postpartum depression, including surrogacy and choosing not to have another child. As a fellow advocate supporting whatever feels right for each survivor, I applaud Rebecca and her new book! -- Shoshana S. Bennett, PhD, Author of books including "Postpartum Depression for Dummies", Baby Ever After, above all else, brings dark things into the light. Starr offers women insight into the calculated risks of growing a family after depression, but also extends grace-filled permission to acknowledge every feeling in the process. Using both research and raw personal reflection, Starr presents a compelling battle between desire and reality, logic and emotion-ultimately landing in a place where every reader can relate, that of surrender. -- Ashlee Gadd, Founder, Writer, Podcast Co-Host, Coffee + Crumbs
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About Rebecca Fox Starr

Rebecca Fox Starr is an author, writer, blogger, mom, wife and mental health advocate. She created her internationally-read blog, Mommy, Ever After, in 2010, and her first book, "Beyond the Baby Blues: Anxiety and Depression During and After Pregnancy" was released in early 2018. Rebecca writes candidly about her life as a mother, survivor, advocate, singer/songwriter, dance-partier and studded-shoe collector. Her story has been featured in The New York Times, HuffPost, on ABC News and in all forms of media across the world. Rebecca lives and writes with her husband, daughter, son and two dogs in the suburbs of Philadelphia. More about Rebecca can be found on her blog at and on social media outlets @rebeccafoxstarr
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