Thursday, May 9, 2013

Postpartum Disorders Author Susan Benjamin Feingold and Storyteller Nili Yelin at Book Cellar May 24

Susan Benjamin Feingold, PsyD., author of “Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigating Postpartum Disorders,” will appear at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Friday, May 24, 2013, 7 p.m. Joining the author will be Nili Yelin, an award-winning children’s storyteller who will read a true-life account by a patient who emerged from “postpartum darkness” changed forever.

At the reading and signing event, Dr. Feingold will discuss the condition which affects 800,000 to 900,000 Americans each year.  “It’s the major reason some women are unable to find joy in becoming a mother,” she said. “But personal transformation can often follow our darkest times. This difficult experience is the ultimate challenge for change.”

Storyteller Yelin will be part of the program, Dr. Feingold said, “because I think it vital to share true stories of women who have emerged from postpartum disorders and who have learned to take control of their new lives.” While “Happy Endings, New Beginnings” includes many of these stories, Dr. Feingold said the appearance of Yelin, and her interpretation of the patient’s story, “will add interest and truth to the event.”

“Anna’s Story,” which Yelin will read, “is likely to be familiar to many women,” Dr. Feingold said. “She was successful and so busy that she never experienced the joy of the present moment. As we worked to reduce her symptoms of depression, anxiety, and sadness, we concentrated on ways to strike a balance in her life between work, family, and leisure.”

For her part, Yelin, who is known as The Storybook Mom, and is also Program Director of Terrific Tales, a literacy program for Companies That Care, said, “Anna’s story resonated with me. I experienced postpartum depression in my own life and I have workaholic tendencies. Her story is particularly meaningful.”

Dr. Feingold is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders. In addition to her book, which was published by New Horizon Press in February of this year, she also writes a blog:

For more information about the reading and signing, call The Book Cellar at 773-294-2665, or go to its website,


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