Recommended Books

Welcome to this research guide and list of recommended books! Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are a complex topic that includes anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy and adoption. Symptoms can be mild to severe and experiences are tremendously varied.

Recommended books focus on mood disorders during pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and with multiple births; all throughout the treatment timeline from diagnosis to treatment and self-care; and are intended for parents of all kinds, family members, providers, professionals, and anyone else in a support role.

This guide is organized loosely by genre. You can click the links below, or navigate via the drop-down tabs above.

Clinical Point of View includes evidence-based research, case studies, and implications for patient care. These books are geared more toward providers and professionals but may be useful for patients seeking care.

Memoirs and Personal Stories include autobiographical books and edited books with the stories of several veterans of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. These books are geared more toward people suffering from postpartum depression, but may be useful for providers and professionals seeking personal narratives to enhance patient care.

Self-Help and Treatment Guides are geared toward both parents and providers and professionals, and include guides to diagnosis, locating practitioners, and various treatments. These may be especially helpful for patients, providers, and professionals to create treatment plans together.

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Research Tips

To locate more books and other resources, you can search your local library’s catalog or browse the shelves.

For targeted searching, I recommend the following subjects:

  • Childbirth—Psychological aspects
  • Mental illness in pregnancy
  • Motherhood—Psychological aspects
  • Mothers—Mental health
  • Perinatal care
  • Postpartum depression
  • Postpartum psychiatric disorders
  • Pregnancy—Psychological aspects

If you are in a public library and want to browse the nonfiction shelves, I recommend heading to the following Dewey Decimal number:

  • 618.76 Puerperal mental disorders

If you are in an academic library and want to browse, I recommend the following Library of Congress ranges:

  • HQ755.7-759.92 Parents, Parenthood (including parent and child, husbands, fathers, wives, mothers)
  • RG551-591 Pregnancy
  • RG801-871 Puerperal State

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This resource guide was created by C. McNabb, MA, MLIS. For questions, comments, or to alert me to broken links, please email