A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health was written by Dean Raffelock, a doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist; and Robert Rountree, M.D., a board-certified practitioner of family medicine.  This book does an excellent job of describing why women need to rebuild their nutrient reserves after pregnancy and it provides easy-to-understand details on the neurology of perinatal mood disorders.                   

Postpartum Depression for Dummies by Dr. Shoshana Bennett and Mary Jo Codey covers all aspects of PPD, from its history and origins to its effects on women and their families to the wide variety of treatments available—including conventional Western medicine, psychological therapy, alternative medical treatments, and self-care measures.   

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Antidepressants today top the list of drugs prescribed to women. But what happens when you add pregnancy into the mix? Pregnant on Prozac is the first guide to separate the myths from the facts.

“Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a gifted author, with a talent for delivering crucial information about depression and its treatment in a way that is easy to understand. Her book provides a navigation tool for women with depression to enter motherhood well educated and empowered about what they can do to help themselves and to get the help they need from others.”

-Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.




Prescription for Nutritional Healing was written by a wife/husband team.  She is a certified nutritional consultant; he’s an MD.  This book, in it’s 3rd edition, offers many topic headings and information on the nutrients that support healing of that ailment.  Readers can simply turn to topics such as “Schizophrenia”, or “Depression” to find a wealth of information explaining how nutrition impacts health.


101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health

Inside is Cheryl Jazzar’s chapter on the nutritional protocol used for over ten years by Postpartum Support of Oklahoma.  Read about the protocol and much more here.  One hundred of the world’s other leading health experts have joined together to give you proven and simple ways to improve your health. 


The Scientification of Love

Dr. Michel Odent’s research looks at love and birth as a continuum of our sexual life. He explores the role of oxytocin – ” the love hormone” in labor, birth and breastfeeding, as well as oxytocin’s role in the maternal-infant attachment process that forms the basis for all our relationships in life.  Odent shows that amino acids are precursors of neurotransmitters, and so illustrates the deep need for proper nutrition.  Our nutrition and birth experience help to dictate the kind of parents we will be and also our children’s parenting style.  Highly profound insights in The Scientification of Love!

Depression In New Mothers: Causes, Consequences, And Treatment Alternatives by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett includes discussion on the link between pain and inflammation to depressive symptoms.  Also listed are research articles showing the importance of diet, supplements and exercise to new mothers suffering with mood reactions.






Non-Pharmacologic Treatments for Depression in New Mothers (Clinics in Human Lactation) by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett dicusses evidence-based support of Omega-3s, bright light therapy, exercise, social support, psychotherapy, and the herb St. John’s Wort.  A must-read, this book is diligently referenced. Ms. Kendall-Tackett’s book is the most complete body of work to date on Omega-3 fatty acids and St. John’s Wort for treating maternal depression.  Read a free chapter here- Dr. Kendall-Tackett’s series on St. John’s Wort on Well Postpartum Weblog.


The Kitchen Shrink

Find some really valuable guidance about the connection between food and health and well-being. For Savona, you really are what you eat. In the first half of her book she looks at how both our body and brain are affected by what we eat. She discusses well-being generally, how mood, energy and concentration are all affected by blood-sugar levels, and why, for example, it can be so damaging to try to ‘cure’ tiredness with chocolate, coffee or other quick fixes. She addresses digestion and detoxification, energy and specific issues such as premenstrual problems, sleeplessness and depression. Most recipes are easy to prepare and unfussy, and Savona encourages adaptation and experimentation.


Mother Food by Hilary Jacobson is a unique healthguide, herbal, and cookbook for breastfeeding mothers, drawing on traditions from around the world. Focusing on pregnancy and the postpartum, “Mother Food” explores lactogenic foods and herbs and how they enhance milk production, prevent postpartum depression, increase energy, promote gentle weightloss and detox, and improve the mother’s and baby’s immune systems. Also, these foods affect a baby’s IQ, colic, allergy, and even her like or dislike of the taste of her mother’s milk. Expert opinions are reviewed and traditional systems of medicine are succinctly explained. Written in an easy-to-read style and replete with remedies and recipes, “Mother Food” is both practical and informative. Recommended by lactation consultants and approved by the La Leche League International Book Evaluation Committee, “Mother Food” has become a favorite of mothers who want to learn what they can do to optimize both the quantity and quality of their milk, while contributing to their own and their baby’s best health.

Many mothers experience enriched recovery and even vitality during pregnancy and postpartum by incorporating more raw, organic foods into their diets.  Over 150 pages and 80 Raw Organic Living Recipes that are all under 10 minutes and $10. Totally innovative, new recipes That are all unique, fast, easy, modeled to look and taste just like all of your favorite “cooked””baked””deep fried” comfort and junk foods but it is Raw Living Organic Bliss! It only looks and tastes like your favorite comfort and junk foods but is an adventure into “Super Foods”, high vibrational cuisine that will amplify your Yoga, Creativity, Beauty, Anti-Age You Naturally and Rejuvenate You!
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  1. […] The author, Stephanie Raffelock is the president of Sound Formulas, makers of very high-quality pre- and postnatal vitamins.  Her husband, Dr. Dean Raffelock authored A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health. […]

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