Postpartum depression – the taboo illness


The Unprotected by Kelly Sokol

Book Review:  4 out of 5 star rating

Lara James hadn’t thought she wanted a child. She had a successful career and a loving husband. But all of that changes when her father dies and her maternal instinct sets in. Now she longs for a child more than anything else but her body doesn’t agree. She and her husband go through years of fertility treatments until they’re almost ready to give up, but then they’re blessed with the birth of a daughter, Auden. But as they say, be careful what you wish for. Auden never stops crying and Lara is losing her mind.

This is a brutally raw, honest book about motherhood. In fact at times I thought it might indeed be too raw and might be very discouraging to a young woman looking forward to having a family. But not all women experience postpartum depression and, while the book never actually named what was happening to Lara, it was quite obvious that she was not well and that more than a crying baby was bringing her down and causing such desperation in her. Since there is great shame attached to not being able to “handle being a mother”, many women try to hide their anguish and difficulties, much as Lara did. She looked around at other mothers and felt like there was something lacking in her. This is a very necessary book that was a tough read but I hope will encourage women who find themselves in Lara’s position to seek help. The author has written an emotional, heart pounding and brave book.


This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.


3 thoughts on “Postpartum depression – the taboo illness

  1. My daughter suffered from PND. It is a dreadful illness surrounded by stigma and confusion. (And in the uk at least, insufficient skills and resources available to the professionals involved.) Anything that raises the profile and brings it more into the public eye must be a good thing. You mention that PND isn’t specifically mentioned in the book; that’s a pity perhaps.

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    1. I’m really at a loss as to why they didn’t give the problem this woman was having a name. It could almost have been thought that this was just one woman’s situation and not something that can happen to others. Knowing about the illness, the reader understands what’s happening. But if the book wants to make people who are unaware knowledgeable, then I think it may have missed the mark by not naming PND.

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