Sarah Menkedick ¶ 6 DownloadOusly The book is riveting and powerfully written I would follow Sarah Menkedick s voice anywhere I think she has done something very important not just for women but for parents she is exploring the colossal change the human body and brain ndergo during pregnancy and birth and the wide wide range of crazy seeming thoughts and behaviors new mothers experience that are actually completely normal Even if proper treatment Is Needed These Thoughts And Behaviors Present No Risk To needed these thoughts and behaviors present no risk to infant I came away from the book shocked by my own misconceptions ingrained stigma and assumptions This is book that will help to break apart old ways of thinking about perinatal emotional distress It is a book that is desperately needed right now by mental health practitioners medical professionals and new mothers and fathers Within the first two chapters I couldn t stop exclaiming out loud how desperately necessary this book is Reading this book has been so thoroughly illuminating to my own experience giving birth twice in the United States within the past six years and so many times I felt like a weight being lifted off me as the details validated so many of my experiences The writer puts all the research and facts out there in an objective manner through clear and descriptive writing
only makes information so much powerful She is brilliantly able to weave hundreds of years of history into the present day times so precisely pointing out how we got to the place we are now and it just breaks through all the noise of amateur writing on the topic of motherhood The personal stories hadwhich only makes
Me Shedding Plenty Ofshedding plenty of again buried over the past six years on my journey as a mother This book is without a doubt helping me redefine and examine my identity as a mother in the most therapeutic manner And it is inspiring me to determine how to empower myself and all the moms with whom I wouldn t be able to survive This book does a great job of pointing out difficulties in the expectations of motherhood today In an effort to avoid all risks with our children are we placing too many rules on parents and diminishing the joy of the experience This book gives many examples of this pointing out the anxiety that result. Care and precious little time or support as they attempt to distinguish normal worry from debilitating anxiety This crippling state of madness though sometimes temporary is commonly left Dance With The Devil untreated and perhaps even dangerously treated as a taboo in our culture Drawing on extensive research countless interviews and the raw particulars of her own experience with anxiety writer and mother Sarah Menkedick givess a comprehensive examination of the biology psychology history and societal conditions surrounding the crushing and life limiting fear that. This amazing book did than anything I ve ever read on motherhood
to explain why I ve often felt so overwhelmed from day oneexplain why I ve often felt so overwhelmed from day one a
Mother Despite The Facts Thatdespite the facts that I always wanted to be a mother and 2 love my now 13 year old twins It also explained why so many other mothers of my generation act in what seem like crazily overprotective andor irrational waysThe roots of these things are complex We all know for example that maternal hormones make profound changes to a mother s body and brain But did you know that many of those changes are permanent And that if those changes are combined with a tendency Toward Anxiet Lots Of Interesting anxiet Lots of interesting and information a many things are beautifully expressed although I found the book a bit Smitten uneven Some parts seemed to have only the loosest connection to the topic there wasn t much practical advice and as someone who didn t experience postpartum mental issues I wasn t a fan of her argument that they are because you care and they make you a caring person I also got tired of the crunchiness persistent distrust of the medical establishment glorification of home birth a lengthy discussion of the author weeping while burying her placenta at the foot of a tree in a special family ceremony etc I still learned a lot so I consider it a worthwhile read I was excited to read this book after seeing a virtual author event with Sarah Menkedick hosted by Magic City Books in Tulsa She writes openly and with the backing of years of solid research to pull back the curtain that has long enshrouded motherhood in the US The content is heavy and definitely hit home for me personally It also holds encouragement for mothers who have been impacted by postpartum anxiety andor depression without any context or support for their experience It s eye opening and powerful I fully recommend it to anyone I ve had the opportunity to read an early version of this incredible book it is groundbreaking The author is looking at something people are only just becoming aware of the full range of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and the dangerous misunderstanding of thebiuitous PPD diagnosis The author interviews women who were misdiagnosed horribly mistreated and hospitalized errone. A groundbreaking exposé and diagnosis of the silent epidemic of fear afflicting mothers and a candid feminist deep dive into the culture science history and psychology of contemporary motherhood Fear among new mothers is a growing but largely nrecognized crisis In the months before and after birth countless women suffer from overwhelming feelings of fear grief or obsession that do not fall neatly within the outmoded category of postpartum depression These women are left isolated and captive fending for themselves with scarce resources for their. S and the loss of a carefree self It helped me to nderstand why I still fall into feeling the need to micromanage my children s lives even though they are in their 20s and 30s This is a must read that will help parents avoid losing themselves during parenthood This was fascinating but a bit neven There are parts that are just basic post partum issues which I found to Be Fairly Well Covered Areas The Parts That Were Most fairly well covered areas The parts that were most is when she tries to analyze motherhood anxiety as a way of dealing with a changing world I think this area is nder explored and I d like research here I mean with the vaccine wars covid homeschooling environmental threats etc that the way we mother has become a politica Very Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, useful book about the paralyzingly fear that is common after birth Good perspective about biology and evolution Removed a star for the obvious bias against birth interventions because as a person who has had a life saving and frankly wonderful C section I am very tired of the natural birth your body was made for this dogma that stigmatizes bodies that aren t capable I was lucky to read an early copy of Sarah Menkedick s Ordinary Insanity Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America In turn a lyrical memoir researched reportage and feministery into the anxiety of contemporary motherhood Menkedick s book explores the different ways fear is eroding maternal health in America By Lay My Burden Down using her own experiences and those of other moms she s able to highlight diverse topics like the difference in maternity care for people of color reproductive rights and reform movements the legacy of female hysteria and Overall Menkedick writes with the voice of an expert and an empath making her reader feel bothnderstood and empowered Outstanding work of journalism and creative non fiction Such insight into motherhood expectations healthcare worry cultural narratives about mothering and anxiety that doesn t perfectly fit into the right checkboxes for PPD and
therefore goes ndiagnosed Loved the personal profiles of real women agoes ndiagnosed Loved the personal profiles of real women a cast and their experiences Although I did not suffer from PPA or PPD I could really relate to a lot of what is in this book It is essential reading for our times. Is becoming the norm for so many Woven into the stories of women’s lives Menkedick examines factors like the changing structure of the maternal brain the ethically problematic ways risk is construed during pregnancy and the marginalization of motherhood as an identity asking how motherhood came to be an experience so dominated by anxiety and how mothers might reclaim it Writing with profound empathy visceral honesty and deep nderstanding Menkedick makes clear how critically we need to expand our awareness compassion and care for women's lives. .