As many as 50 to 75% of new moms experience a monumental shift in their emotions called the “baby blues” after delivery.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, up to 15% of these women will develop more severe and longer-lasting depression, called postpartum depression (PPD). But some believe the figures may be even higher — researchers have suggested as many as 50% of women with PPD do not report it.
In this episode, Dr. Walker Ladd, a thought leader in the field of maternal mental health for nearly two decades, offers a timely and critical look at the current state of maternal mental health in America and discusses the challenge paradigms of motherhood and mental illness. She even shares her past struggles with postpartum depression and how it inspired her to write, Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth.
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Bio: Walker Ladd, Ph.D., has been a thought leader in the field of maternal mental health for nearly two decades. Her writing and research challenge paradigms of motherhood and mental illness, using women’s stories to reveal the hidden truths and extraordinary dimensions of the lived experience of motherhood. Dr. Ladd’s personal experience with traumatic childbirth, breast cancer, postpartum depression, and major depressive disorder drives her passion for bold, soulful, and transformative work. Her much-anticipated Second Edition of Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth offers a timely and critical look at the current state of maternal mental health in America. She delves into the language of postpartum depression and argues that by changing the language, we change the meaning and thus, can relate to the real stories of women’s struggles and survival through the most common complication in motherhood.
She lives in Los Angeles and is the proud mother to her son Ziggy, a freshman at the Berklee School of Music, and her daughter Miles, a junior in high school with plans of becoming a comedian. Walker is a 16-year breast cancer survivor.
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