Depression is a common occurrence in new mothers. For some, "postpartum blues" can drag on for years; for others, stress can build into total burnout. The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood takes on the dark side of being a mother and teaches ways to cope. Chapters focus on how to deal with negative birth experiences, loss of intimacy, anger and feelings of being trapped. A special section looks at mothers who survived sexual abuse.Up to 40 percent of new mothers experience depression. This book is aimed at those women, their partners and the professionals who counsel them.