Good Enough Is The New Perfect

The following interview with This Emotional Life contributor Dr. Jessica Zucker was conducted in support of the new book Good Enough Is The New Perfect by Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple. For more information on the book, visit

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Do You Have Baby Blues Or Postpartum Depression?

Concerned new moms often call me to ask, “Are my feelings normal or am I depressed?”  Here are two basic guidelines to help you differentiate between the Baby Blues and postpartum depression (PPD).

Baby Blues are totally normal and most moms (60-80%) experience them. On the other hand, PPD is a disorder.  As a matter of fact, postpartum depression is the most common complication associated with childbirth. One in seven new mothers experience this disorder.

Smaller Than Before: The Politics of Postpartum Bodies

A close friend of mine from graduate school was in town over the weekend, someone I hadn’t seen since I was mid-way through my pregnancy.  As we briskly walked toward each other, arms outstretched, brimming with wild enthusiasm about our long overdue rendezvous, Amalia blurts out from across the toddler trafficked park, “Oh my God, look at you, you don’t even look like you had a baby!  You’re sm

On Skipping Motherhood Perfection

Perfection is unattainable.

Striving for perfection can be a debilitating time suck that usually results in feelings of guilt, failure, or complete and utter dismay.

Maternal Self-Esteem

Body change is shrouded in fear.  Iconic female bodies are tiny, toned, tight, and most definitely without the permanence of stretch marks.  Pregnancy creates a cultural conundrum.  On the one hand, culture secretly (though not so quietly sometimes) mandates that wome

The Building Blocks of Connection

From Shelly J. Appet:

Question: “My son is 5 and I will be starting a job on Monday that is an hour and a half away, 11 hour days and 5 days a week. I feel horrible about this because of how much time I will be away from my son. I have him full time weekdays and every other weekend. I worry that I will lose that attachment that I already have with him and really want to know that he will be okay without having me around as much. Thank you!”

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance

Founded in1985, DBSA provides hope, help, and support through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services, programs, and resources when people need them, where they need them,

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Infant Massage USA

Infant Massage USA has Certified Educators around the country who provide classes for parents and their pre-crawling infants. During the 4-5 week course, parents learn

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