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  • Published: 21 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781742539140
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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Mothers Cry Too


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In Mothers Cry Too, New Zealand psychiatrist Dr Sara Weeks, a leading expert in the field of maternal mental health, explains how to recognise and deal with a range of issues, from the 'baby blues' to more serious conditions.

A must-read for anyone affected by postnatal depression.
Postnatal depression (PND) affects 10 to 20 per cent of new mothers in New Zealand and can persist for months – even years – if not detected and treated. Yet many women suffer in silence.

In Mothers Cry Too, New Zealand psychiatrist Dr Sara Weeks, a leading expert in the field of maternal mental health, explains how to recognise and deal with a range of issues, from the 'baby blues' to more serious conditions.

Practical and supportive, Mothers Cry Too offers guidance for new mothers, and their partners and families, on how to cope with the demands of a new baby and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and other postnatal psychiatric conditions.

Dr Weeks demystifies one of the most common complications of childbirth, while sharing case studies based on more than 20 years' experience in counselling new mothers. Her helpful hints cover everything from exercise and diet to managing stress and the effects of sleep deprivation.



  • Pub date: 21 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781742539140
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Sara Weeks

Dr Sara Weeks is a psychiatrist specialising in perinatal conditions. She works in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand, and is lead clinician for Lotofale Pacific Island Mental Health Service with the Auckland District Health Board. She is also involved in research on postnatal depression in Pacific Island women, and teaches perinatal psychiatry for the Post-graduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland.

Since 2011, Sara has been a member of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health, and she has previously been an executive member of the Australasian branch of the Marcé Society – an international society for the promotion of mental health in women and families in relation to childbearing.

Sara has contributed to Little Treasures and Parenting magazines and appeared on television in New Zealand and the Pacific. She is a mother of three and grandmother of one.


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