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AUDIO: Mom's Health Matters, With Dr. Shosh - Episode #3

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She has appeared in CBS Early Show, ABC News, The Morning Show on Fox, to keep going and going and going. So Susan, welcome.

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
Hi, how are you, Shosh?

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
I am doing great, and we’re so glad to have you here on "Mom’s Health Matters," and we know we’ve talked earlier about the importance of treatment of this devastating disorder of postpartum depression, but I’d love for you to go into a bit more depth about actual treatments. Which is that, what are the treatment options for women when they know that they are suffering?

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
Okay. Well there’s a full range, and I am really glad you mentioned it, and please chime in because your book also does it, a fantastic and comprehensive job of covering all this. So if I leave anything out, please jump right in.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
I am going to start at the end of beginning social support. Social support is the most basic form of treatment that is available in your community. This can consist of a mom-to-mom peer support group or a support group that may be led by a mental health practitioner with the goal not being therapy, the goal being to connect women to one another so they can see how each other is dealing.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
So education and support, you would put really top on the list. Is that what you’re saying?

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
Absolutely. When I was in Hackensack, before women would be discharged from the hospital, I would go around and invite the new mom and their babies to come to a new mother’s group. It was just a socialization group. They could come, have a cup of coffee, have some cookies, talk to one another, because Shoshana, I have found that women sometimes just need to tell their birth story.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
And all of their stories are so unique. "This is what happened to me. This is how my child came into the world. This was what my experience was.

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