This is very important to me, and many other women out there. I have suffered from PPD for over four years now, and am just now starting to feel a bit normal again. I have written about my experiences in great depth and detail within this blog, and I hope they help someone who has been feeling something similar. We all have unique stories, but none of us are alone. That is why what Katherine does is so important. It gets the word out about PPD, and brings awareness to everyone. Families will understand the symptoms, and mamas will see that there is nothing to be ashamed of. PPD is a mental illness that is treatable. You just have to take that step to seek help. You can do it. You have my support, 100%!
You Are Not Alone!!
Postpartum Progress is the most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. We’re listed #8 on Babble’s list of the Top 50 Pregnancy Blogs, have been among Psych Central’s “Top 10 Depression Blogs” for several years running, and were selected as Fit Pregnancy’s Best Advice Blog. We’ve been recommended by Health.com, Parenting.com, Scholastic Parent & Child, and many other media outlets, as well as by many of the top clinicians specializing in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Postpartum Progress offers the most comprehensive information available on the latest research, events and resources, as well as an unflinching look at what it is truly like to experience postpartum depression. We have a continuously-updated list of support groups around the country, stories from moms and fellow sufferers, and links to major support organizations and top treatment programs. Our readers include current sufferers, survivors, and providers from such institutions as Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins.
Katherine Stone is NOT a healthcare provider. She provides peer-to-peer support and information for educational, advocacy purposes only. Readers should consult their healthcare providers for individual advice regarding their own situation.
Postpartum Progress needs your help.
I write today because I’m personally asking you to support the work of Postpartum Progress. I know you have trudged the dark and lonely road of postpartum depression, either as a sufferer, a family member or someone who cares for new mothers.
I must tell you that nothing makes me more anxious or, quite frankly, sick to my stomach, as asking for donations. Well, one thing makes me sicker: the fact that today only 15% of all women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders ever receive professional treatment. This means that each year hundreds of thousands more women and their children may suffer from the negative effects of untreated PPD and related illnesses for the rest of their lives.
Postpartum Progress will change that with your help. We are developing a compelling national awareness campaign for postpartum depression, as well as new and improved patient education materials (the kind new moms won’t throw away!), and new uses of technology to reach suffering moms no matter where they are.
On October 5th, the day when more children are born each year than any other day, I am asking you to do one of three things:
1) Make a donation to Postpartum Progress. Any amount is welcome.
2) Ask at least 2 other people who love you and know what you went through – people who’ve come to know that postpartum depression is real and that all women deserve to have access to the best information and help – to make a donation today in your name.
3) Refer us to contacts at organizations that can help us with our work.
If you are financially unable to donate, send us your prayers or moral support so that we may find the right people to help us make major change.
Every single person who donates this week will be honored on our website (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). We are a 501c3, so your donation is tax-deductible.
Today’s the day. Please help us build stronger families, one mom at a time.