This blog was born as I was recovering from severe postpartum depression and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) triggered by the birth of my first son. He was my first miracle baby, who entered this world in really bad shape but made an amazing recovery. Focusing on all the good in my life was an important part of my healing process, but I also needed lots of clinical help, too. Eventually, I was able to have a second baby – my second miracle boy – whom I never thought I’d develop the courage to have. Now I have two healthy, active, wonder boys and an enthusiasm for life I didn’t know was possible during those really dark days.
One of my passions is helping other women shine. I’m particularly sensitive to those who have dealt with or are currently going through mental health issues related to pregnancy and birth. Weeks after my first child’s birth, during my eight-week check-up, I told my nurse practitioner that I couldn’t stop crying and thought something might be wrong. When I asked if there was a hotline I could call, she asked if I wanted to hurt my baby. I said no (what woman would risk saying yes, I wondered?). So, she said I’d be fine and to just read some parenting magazines.
It took a long time to get brave enough again to ask for help, but I am so grateful I found it. There are actually many wonderful resources out there now and so many women stepping up to reveal that they, too, suffered from perinatal mood disorders. Here is a list of places to start. I wish you well on your journey back to you.
WALL STREET JOURNAL: 2008 article for which I was interviewed
STAR TRIBUNE: Minneapolis paper asked me to write an account of my experience for their parenting blog, CribSheet. Reporter explains her experience, then click on link at top of page for mine.
BLOGS & ARTICLES
SCIENCE DAILY: Study shared in August 2012 edition reveals 1 in 3 postpartum women suffer from PTSD symptoms.
POSTPARTUM PROGRESS: Great blog by advocate and former PPD sufferer Katherine Stone.
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL: Advocacy organization with many resources
JENNY’S LIGHT: Nonprofit started by the family of Jenny, who lost her life in a battle with postpartum psychosis. Includes great list of therapists across U.S.
SOLACE FOR MOTHERS: Great resource on birth trauma
BOOK: Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Brooke Shields
BOOK: Inconsolable: How I Threw My Mental Health Out With the Diapers by Marrit Ingman