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A complete guide to rebuilding your health and reclaiming your energy for mothers of newborns, toddlers and young children. While postpartum depression has become a recognisable condition, THE POSTNATAL DEPLETION CURE is the first book to treat root causes of the baby blues, extreme fatigue, baby brain and other symptoms that leave mothers feeling exhausted.

Most mothers have experienced pain, forgetfulness, indecision, low energy levels, or some form of baby brain. And it's no wonder: the process of growing a baby depletes a mother's body in substantial ways. But with postnatal care ending after six weeks, most women never learn how to rebuild their strength and care for their bodies after childbirth. As a result, they can suffer from the effects of depletion for many years, without knowing what's wrong as well as getting the support and treatments that they need.


An excerpt from The Postnatal Depletion Cure: A complete guide to rebuilding your health and recaliming your energery for mothers of newborns, toddlers and young children by  By Dr. Oscar Serrallach

I have written this book to answer a question many women ask: “How do I get my life and myself back after becoming a mother?” How do you find the strength to deal with your needs when our society tells us to focus entirely on the needs of the baby, causing you to disappear into the shadows of your predestined role? This infant-centered focus is something I witnessed in my practice as a doctor and as a father watching my extraordinary partner, Caroline, struggle after the birth of our children. It has been consistently mentioned by almost every mom I’ve spoken to, in contexts that vary from energy to illness to time management to self-confidence.

This is a huge hole in our thinking and treatment of new mothers. Worse, it’s a hole that gets bigger and bigger because it’s not discussed from a medical point of view. Postpartum depression, yes. Postnatal depletion? Say what? There’s not even healthy dialogue around this concept, let alone healthy societal awareness and information.

What’s just as, if not more, important to note is that postnatal depletion doesn’t just affect new mothers—it affects all mothers. If a new mom isn’t allowed to fully recover from the demanding requirements of pregnancy and birth, the aftereffects can last for years. I’ve treated women who were still depleted ten years after their babies were born. And if you then take into account the stress and sleeplessness associated with raising tweens and teenagers, coupled with the hormonal effects of perimenopause and menopause, it can become a pretty grim journey if mothers aren’t truly supported and allowed to recover.


Dr Oscar Serrallach, MBChB FRACGP, is a dedicated practitioner in the field of maternal care. After training at Auckland Medical School he explored emergency medicine, psychiatry, Aboriginal men's health, addiction, nutritional medicine, herbalism and home birth, before setting up his groundbreaking health clinic near Byron Bay in New South Wales. Since 2010, Oscar has dedicated his work to the condition that he has identified as postnatal depletion. He has been championing the cause ever since, using the latest science in postnatal care, as well as traditional and integrative medicine, to provide hope and innovative advice for mothers who are feeling depleted months or years after childbirth. Oscar's initial studies in this field coincided with starting a family, which led him to consider the science through the particular lens of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, observing his own partner and many other mothers through his clinical work. Oscar's firmly held belief is that there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of mothers - when mothers are happy, healthy and rested, our families benefit, our communities benefit and society benefits. Oscar lives in Australia with his wife and three children. THE POSTNATAL DEPLETION CURE is his first book. Visit oscarserrallach.com

  • Author - Dr. Oscar Serrallach
  • ISBN - 9780733640322
  • Format - Paperback
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