As a clinician and writer who works with women and their burgeoning families around issues related to fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum adjustments I am continually learning more about the depth of the human psyche and the resilience of the human spirit. I am developing an article on prepartum depression and anxiety which explores the multifaceted vulnerabilities that can take center stage as a woman enters pregnancy. The ubiquitous pressures in our culture to be a "perfect" mother begin to take hold as one's belly grows and unsolicited feedback comes from every direction (i.e. media, family, friends). Anxiety and depression are expectable feelings as hormones emerge and the excitement, overwhelm, and identity shifts become palpable. Renowned psychologist Carol Gilligan wrote about the significant identity changes girls experience as they move into adolescents and how culture forces them to question their intuitive sense of relating with others and with themselves. Pregnancy seems to present another very important developmental crossroads in which many mothers-to-be begin to question their sense of self, their sense of intuition, and their sense of being. What can become problematic is when the feelings of anxiety and depression are greater than one's sense of internal resources and/or external support. Postpartum blues is estimated to impact about 80% of women. What do others think of this? How can culture support women and babies during this transitional milestone that is birth and the birth of parenthood?