Postpartum depression is a very real and common thing post birth. Education on this condition is rare but it is out there. Karen Kleiman is the founder and director of The Postpartum Stress Center located in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. They were established simply to provide women who suffer from a range of prenatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders better understanding of these issues. The center assists both men and women as well as those in the LGBT community.
Karen Kleiman created the center in 1988 to help families understand postpartum depression and mood disorders following the birth of a child. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois of Chicago in 1980 and has been practicing clinical social work post-graduation. Kleiman creates and instructs courses and instructs a professional training course for any clinicians who show any interest in treating those with any kind of postpartum disorder. Kleiman has authored multiple books in her time as a postpartum expert, helping so many women, men, and couples overcome these types of mental disorders.
In 2003, Karen Kleiman was honored to receive the Jane Honikman award from Postpartum Support International, (PSI) for “outstanding contribution to the goal of increasing awareness of emotional health related to childbearing.”
The center focuses on helping others understand postpartum disorders but they also help focus people who are not suffering from it to cope with those who do. A simple text message will do to check up on an individual. Letting them know you are there for them is a huge step towards their recovery. The center hosts events to help others gain the knowledge of postpartum disorder and to help them understand that it is not just the “baby blues.”
Kleiman offers a wide range of articles and information for the women and men who truly need it. An article, “What it’s like to have Postpartum Depression in Rural America” has received positive feedback and shows people what it really means to have postpartum depression. The article discusses the truths and the views of these women.
Nowadays, there is more information regarding postpartum disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, psychosis, and issues surrounding new parents. The center offers the help that is needed for these people to get help with counseling, understanding their moods and how to control it, helping others with postpartum, and providing ways to help families come to terms with this disorder.
For more information regarding Karen Kleiman and her center, please visit The Postpartum Stress Center website.