Mother Mind Book

Mother Mind

A groundbreaking new book on the psychology of pregnancy & motherhood

Coming soon from Simon & Schuster

Mother Mind book
New mother's body

Just as What To Expect When You’re Expecting guides you through the physical changes of pregnancy and the postpartum...

New mother's mind

...Mother Mind is a guide to your shifting hormones, emotions, identity, and relationships.

Read the Author’s viral New York Times article.

Becoming a mother is a dramatic identity shift called “matrescence.” During this transition, many women find themselves feeling lost somewhere between who they were before motherhood, and the picture-perfect but unrealistic image of who they think they should be now. Too many women are ashamed to speak openly about the ups and downs of their experiences for fear of being judged. Many women worry that they are going crazy, or destined to be bad mothers, but they’re not.

As Reproductive Psychiatrists, we specialize in helping women navigate their emotions before, during, and after pregnancy. Our phones are ringing off the hook, but the majority of the women who call us don’t really need us. What they need is the truth about how their moods, hormones, and identities change during matrescence, together with some practical ways of helping themselves. We think that it’s time for women to stop feeling so guilty, disappointed, competitive, frustrated, ashamed, angry and afraid about their normal transitions to motherhood. That’s why we decided to write this book, an emotional guide from the first trimester of pregnancy, through the first year postpartum.

Meet the Authors

Catherine Birndorf, MD

Dr. Catherine Birndorf is the founding director of the Payne Whitney Women’s Program at The New York Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology, and founder of the Women’s Mental Health Consortium. She currently works as the Medical Director of The Motherhood Center of New York. She lectures internationally and serves on boards of several medical organizations including the President’s Advisory Council of Postpartum Support International. She has won numerous awards and published widely including her 2010 New York Times bestseller The Nine Rooms of Happiness.

Read more about Dr. Birndorf here.

Alexandra Sacks, MD

Dr. Alexandra Sacks is a Reproductive Psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. She trained at The New York Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center as the Benjamin Rush Scholar. She has specialty fellowship training from The New York Presbyterian-Columbia Women’s Program and The Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research where she serves on the Committee for Public Information and graduated from the Mount Sinai School of medicine via the "Humanities and Medicine" focus track. She has won numerous awards, lectures regularly and has published widely including her 2017 NYT article The Birth of a Mother.

Read more about Dr. Sacks here.

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