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What About Us?: A New Parents Guide to Safeguarding Your Over-Anxious, Over-Extended, Sleep-Deprived Relationship by [Karen Kleiman, Molly McIntyre]

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"Karen Kleiman’s wisdom about not only taking care of the mother and her well-being, but also her partner and their whole system at large, helps us all stay connected to our partners and loved ones during a tumultuous, life-changing, and potentially relationship-taxing time. . . . God bless Karen for her support in helping us all integrate every relationship within our 'new normal' as parents. Her humor, experience, wisdom, and insight are like a port in the most heart-spinning of storms."
-Alanis Morissette
 
"​​With its real-life illustrations and digestible sections,
What About Us gets straight to the heart of the matter, showing (not just telling) couples how having a baby impacts on their relationship, what’s really going on inside both of them, what the big issues are and how to get through this trying time together. Overwhelmed and sleep-deprived parents will see themselves in the pages and find reassurance that they’re normal, not alone and it won't last forever."
-Elly Taylor, perinatal relationship specialist, author and founder of Becoming Us.

"Parents often experience tension in their relationships after baby, but often have limited time to read about, reflect, and work through challenges. 
What About Us? is the answer parents have been waiting for. Through powerful, relatable visuals and Karen Kleiman's decades of experience working with families, partners now have an opportunity to see they're not alone and have a roadmap to move forward together."
—Stephanie Greunke, MS, RD, CPT, PMH-C

"Practical, entertaining, informative, consoling, and sometimes inspiring, "What About Us?: A New Parents Guide to Safeguarding Your Over-Anxious, Over-Extended, Sleep-Deprived Relationship" is essential reading for new (and not so new) parents struggling with a new born addition to their family."
- Midwest Book Reviews
 

About the Author

Karen Kleiman is a well-known international maternal mental-health expert with over thirty-five years of experience as a psychotherapist, teacher, and writer. As an advocate and author of several groundbreaking books on postpartum depression and anxiety, her pioneering work has influenced personal and professional populations within the perinatal mental health community for decades. In 1988, Karen founded The Postpartum Stress Center, a treatment and training facility for prenatal and postpartum depression/anxiety disorders where she treats individuals and couples.



Molly McIntyre is an artist, illustrator, and animator living in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. Her work has been featured in the upcoming Netflix series Worn Stories, the book Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts (Karen Kleiman, Familius), Bitch magazine, Everyday Feminism, Scary Mommy, and Psychology Today, and shown in exhibitions throughout the US and in Japan. 

 

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08WK8ZYZG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Familius (November 9, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 9, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 94835 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 128 pages
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Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW, founder of The Postpartum Stress Center, LLC (postpartumstress.com), and well-known, international expert on the topic of postpartum depression, has been treating pregnant and postpartum women and their families for over 34 years.

A native of Saint Louis, MO., Karen has lived in the Philadelphia area since 1982 with her two children and her husband. In 1988 she founded The Postpartum Stress Center, the premier treatment and professional training center for prenatal and postpartum depression & anxiety.

In addition to her clinical practice, Karen provides specialized post-graduate training programs and inservices for healthcare professionals as well as consultation and supervision to therapists.

Follow The Postpartum Stress Center on IG @postpartumstress

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5.0 out of 5 stars A validating book for parents or soon to be
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2022
I am not a parent yet, but I hope to be in the next couple years. I wanted to read this book to prepare and to keep for when I have kids.
This book is validating. It has many scenarios parents may encounter from not being able to get pregnant, a lot of pressure on dads to be “strong,” and how to handle boundaries with other people around your child.
The book is in a handwriting print, and it somehow feels comforting. It seems more personal and easy to read.
I will definitely keep this to refer back to when I’m a parent. It was helpful to read through this in hopes I can use some of these tools when I encounter the real-life scenarios.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read it in snippets
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2021
We don’t have any children yet, and I got this book in the hopes that it might be helpful to think through these things before we’re exhausted and overwhelmed. But my first night reading this book, on which I made it through page 83 (about halfway through the book), really just left me kind of overwhelmed and anxious about the idea of navigating pregnancy and childcare. Some of the comics seemed to depict conflicts I could easily see us getting into. I had to go communicate these feelings to my partner, who helped convince me that we’d be okay. Ironically, that’s kind of the theme of the book: that you need to communicate with your partner and make sure you’re taking care of each other and yourself, not just the baby.

I think maybe this book might be better treated as a reference book, where you just read through the section about whatever specific challenge is resonating with you at the moment — or at least read it in very small snippets, as probably makes sense in the life of a busy parent. The entire book is structured in little two-page snippets that you can read whenever you have a spare moment - and maybe reading too many snippets in one go is a recipe for getting overwhelmed.

The advice seems basically sound, though, even if it doesn’t contain anything that should be particularly earth shattering. Sometimes you just need someone to say it to you. And this book offers to fill that role. It wasn’t quite for us at our present stage, but we could see it being helpful to others. Just read it in snippets and ideally talk through the snippets one at a time with your partner, would be my advice.
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