unnamedPraeclarus Press is pleased to introduce Women’s Health Today, where we shall share the latest research on all aspects of women’s health, including depression, trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), breastfeeding, and psychoneuroimmunology. There are so many new discoveries. Our goal is to make this information readable and useable. We hope that the information you find here enhances your life. At Praeclarus Press we are committed to excellence in all aspects of women’s health.

Sleep Awareness Month

Sleep is one of the key challenges for mothers and babies in the first year postpartum. Where should the baby sleep? When should a baby be sleeping through the night? Should mothers let their babies just cry it out? Everyone seems to have opinions about what mothers should do. And much of this advice is contradictory. Mothers are often confused. With that in mind, we want to provide information that is evidence-based so that mothers, and professionals who work with them, can make decisions with confidence. March is National Sleep Awareness Month, so with that, we will be sharing some of the great resources that are available on mother-infant sleep. We hope that you find these materials useful.

Black History Month

I’m often asked why we need to highlight health issues among African-Americans. The answer is simple: look at the numbers. On pretty much every health metric we can name, African-Americans fare more poorly than their White counterparts. Black mothers are more likely to die in childbirth. Black infants are more likely to be born prematurely, and have higher rates of SIDS. Black women and men have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

Why do we see these differences? From a physiologic perspective, there are a number of factors. Discrimination and historic traumas, structural differences in care, and the intersection of race/ethnicity with lower socioeconomic status. These issues must be addressed.

In spite of these challenges, there is a rich history and great strength, with intervention coming from within the African-American community itself.

Praeclarus Press commits to highlighting the health challenges and celebrating the strengths of the African-American community. Black History Month offers us an opportunity to highlight both.

Please stay tuned for more posts, webinars, and other information that you can share. By working together, we can make a difference.

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

kathleen-kendall-tackett-womens-health-todayDr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. She is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2016 Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division 56. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 400 articles or chapters, and is currently completing her 35th book, The Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical. Her most recent books include: Depression in New Mothers3rd Edition (2016, Routledge UK, in press), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2016, Routledge US, in press, with Lesia Ruglass), Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015, Springer, with Lesia Ruglass) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014, Praeclarus, with Wendy Middlemiss). Her websites are: 

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