Books That Made a Difference to Julia Ormond
By Ruta Nonacs, MD, PhD
This book demystified depression for me, and it helped me fathom why pregnancy and birth, things we traditionally understand as happy events, can trigger such devastating feelings in a mother. A lot of people spend a ton of time looking into birth classes, learning to breathe, and the rest of it, but I was shocked by what happened after I gave birth. I didn't have postpartum depression, but I do wish someone had said, "This is how tricky the recovery is.... This is how tired you're going to be.... Don't be thrown by the hormonal ups and downs."