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.
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 , DrShosh.com 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