Motherhood, Mental Illness and Recovery

Stories of Hope

  • Nikole Benders-Hadi
  • Mary E. Barber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Working With Mothers and Children

  3. Voices of Mothers: The Journey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Anita Thomas
      Pages 121-125
    3. Angela D. Burling
      Pages 127-133
    4. Suzanne DuBois
      Pages 135-138
    5. Taressa Ingle
      Pages 139-142
    6. Maura K.
      Pages 147-150
    7. Amanda Stettenbenz
      Pages 151-154
    8. Jocelyn O’Connor
      Pages 155-159
    9. Jessica Melchick
      Pages 161-161

About this book


Despite the importance of regaining social roles during recovery from mental illness, the intersection between motherhood and serious mental illness is often overlooked. This book aims to rectify that neglect. A series of introductory chapters describing current research and services available to mothers with serious mental illness are followed by personal accounts of clients reflecting on their parenting experiences. One goal of the book is to provide clinicians with information on this seldom addressed topic, which they can then use to help patients who are struggling with questions and barriers in their attempts to parent. The inclusion of personal accounts of mothers on issues such as stigma, fears, and discrimination in the context of parenting with a mental illness is intended to promote the message of mental illness recovery to a larger audience as well. Finally, it is hoped that this handbook will help inspire more research on mothers with mental illness and the creation of more services tailored to their needs.


Motherhood Parenting Perinatal Mental Health Serious Mental Illness Severe Mental Illness

Editors and affiliations

  • Nikole Benders-Hadi
    • 1
  • Mary E. Barber
    • 2
  1. 1.Orangeburg Service Center Bldg 57, 1st FloorRockland Psychiatric CenterOrangeburgUSA
  2. 2.Rockland Psychiatric CenterOrangeburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01317-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01318-3
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