Upcoming title: When Postpartum Packs a Punch

Hey everyone, we are proud to announce our upcoming title When Postpartum Packs a Punch: Fighting Back and Finding Joy by Kristina Cowan. Make sure to join our mailing list for more updates.

When Postpartum Packs a Punch offers solace to mothers who have experienced traumatic birth and perinatal mood disorders, as well as a chorus of different voices—parents, experts, and researchers. All are singing the same song: while the U.S. has made strides in caring for new mothers, we still have far to go. Stigma silences women, and blinds those on the sidelines. Stories of others’ struggles are an antidote for stigma, because they let mothers know that they are not alone.

Kristina Cowan describes her own struggles with traumatic birth and postpartum depression. She weaves together her story with those of other parents, and uses these stories as a balm to help heal and stir hope. The stories represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives that underscore the prevalence of mood disorders after childbirth. They also show how an overcoming spirit can fight terrors of the mind—and win.


Kristina Cowan started writing when she was 5. Years later, she earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and these days she covers mental health and women’s issues. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two young children. When Postpartum Packs a Punch is her first book.


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