Guidebook shows ‘Council of mothers’ can help improve adult life

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Deborah L. Bernal M.D. announces release of ‘Self-Mothering: My Mothers’ Council’

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Deborah L. Bernal M.D. brings forth a book that aims to counter the “superwoman syndrome” that some women are experiencing, especially in today’s modern society. According to Bernal, “Self-Mothering: My Mothers’ Council” (published by Balboa Press) is a self-help and self-improvement guidebook that explores how as adults, people need a council of mothers to help them develop as adults and heal from the wounds of childhood.

In the book, Bernal reveals her personal journey through the ebbs and flows, trials and tribulations, victories and defeats of her life while sharing the biographies of the people who have inspired her and those she considers her historical role models and personal mentors. Furthermore, she shows how their lessons have paved the way for her personal empowerment. She also shares how others can gather the counsel they need for self-healing, self-love and self-fulfillment from mothers in their own “Mothers’ Council.”

“The stress of multiple roles of women in modern Western society is devastating. Physical symptoms of stress include muscle tension, abdominal pain, muscle spasms or nervous tics, unexplained rashes, excessive sweating, difficulty sleeping, shortness of breath and waiting to exhale. It is too much; however, Superwomen still take care of everybody else before they take care of themselves,” says Bernal.

Bernal wishes to remind readers that “through this process of self-mothering, we can choose who motivates us and whom we want to emulate creating our own council of mothers; that can guide us to our destiny,” thus, reflecting the notion that “while it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a council to raise an adult.”

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“Self-Mothering: My Mothers’ Council”
By Deborah L. Bernal M.D.
Hardcover | 6x9 in | 244 pages | ISBN 9781504381680
Softcover | 6x9 in | 244 pages | ISBN 9781504381673
E-Book | 244 pages | ISBN 9781504382229
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Inspired by “Superwomen” patients during 30 years practicing medicine, Deborah Lee Bernal M.D. desires to transform patients self-sacrificing into self-care. A physician, specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (Physiatry), she is a medical director of WellSpan Physiatry. Dedicated to maximizing “Quality of Life,” function and independence in patients with temporary or permanent disability, Physiatrists treat acute and chronic pain, neurological and orthopedic disorders. Bernal integrates her wide experience and training in complementary and alternative medical techniques into her holistic medical practice. She has over 30 years’ practice in meditation, yoga and traditional cultural dance. Devoted to public service, family development and intergenerational communication of timeless wisdom, she develops innovative programs to educate, demonstrate and motivate health, wellness, and peak performance for patients, colleagues and the global community.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with the worldwide self-publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today.

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