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Coping With Postpartum Depression

Warrior Moms Climb Out of Darkness And Fight Postpartum Depression And Anxiety

Farrah Alexander | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
Farrah Alexander

From her brown eyes to the occasional purple streaks in her hair, everything about Lucy McEwen looks bright. She's the type of person who seem to always be smiling sweetly, expressing care for others and fiercely loving her two small children. But there's another side of Lucy that her friends also know as an incredibly brave survivor of postpartum depression and advocate for other moms fighting the same battle.

How To Cure Your Postpartum Blues

HooplaHa | Posted 06.09.2016 | Women

The time after giving birth, known as Postpartum, is an extremely blessed and joyous time. While it is remarkable, for some moms it can be a tough transitioning period.

What I Wished I'd Had: Maternal Mental Health Screening

Laura G Owens | Posted 03.25.2016 | Parents
Laura G Owens

When I was pregnant nineteen years ago I wish my doctor had warned me I might be at risk for postpartum depression. Her words wouldn't have freaked me out, they would have helped me cope when the darkness did indeed hit.

MotherWoman Speaks Out About National Recommendations for Screening and Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents

At MotherWoman, we are very proud of being ahead of this national discussion on postpartum mental health and are working with leaders in this field nationally to bring this important issue to light.

A Successful Working Mother Battles Bi-Polar Disorder

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Women
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What...

Breaking the Silence For Mothers With Postpartum Depression

Beth Clark | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Beth Clark

My pain does not minimize your pain and your pain should not cancel mine out. Motherhood is hard. No more "but at least you have children," or "but at least they are healthy," or "but you will miss this stage."

When Mom's Depressed, What Happens To The Kids?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 11.13.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Mothers who experience depression and other forms of mental illness can't help what's happening to them, and surely they're suffering. The mentally ill often aren't capable of seeing the impact of their illness on others, so all-consuming it often is.

Creating a Safety Net for More Mothers in Massachusetts

MotherWoman | Posted 11.02.2015 | Parents

By Liz Friedman and Shelly Smith "When I had my baby two years ago, I remember feeling lost with no one there to understand what I was going through ...

It's Not Just Postpartum Depression

MotherWoman | Posted 10.18.2015 | Parents

I am struck again and again by how many families say they were not fully informed about the range of perinatal emotional complications that they may experience, even though these complications are known to be a common consequence of pregnancy.

My Postpartum Depression Journey

Amy Renken | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Renken

Do not be afraid to ask for help -- the sooner you do, the sooner you will be on your way to recovery.

Bringing Postpartum Depression Into the Light

MotherWoman | Posted 07.06.2016 | Impact

On June 29, communities from across Massachusetts met in Boston at the State House for Bringing Postpartum Depression into the Light: Decreasing Stigma, Supporting Families and Implementing Policy Change in MA, a day of awareness hosted by the MA Commission on Postpartum Depression (PPD).

Maternal Instincts

Allison Chawla | Posted 06.16.2016 | Parents
Allison Chawla

There is one thing I know for sure about being a mother, and that is what having maternal instincts really means. When I was pregnant, I envisioned what I believed motherhood would look like for me.

Integrating Women's Health Care for Maternal Mental Health

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Dr. Juli Fraga

A recent research study indicates that for women with the most severe symptoms, maternal depression and anxiety often begin during pregnancy not just after giving birth. Yet despite this staggering statistic, 70 to 80 percent of these women never receive treatment, because they are never properly identified and diagnosed.

Increase MCPAP Funding to 3.6 Million to Ensure Care for Mothers

MotherWoman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact

I write on behalf of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, representing over 1,800 pediatricians practicing across the Commonwealth.

A Lifeline for Pregnant Women and New Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Impact

The idyllic picture of a smiling nurturing mother, caressing her growing belly or loving her cooing adoring newborn, is not the reality for many women during pregnancy or the time following a birth.

Why Postpartum Depression Is a Feminist Issue

Maureen Shaw | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Maureen Shaw

Postpartum depression is deserving of attention and action from multiple communities, including the feminist community. We need to raise our voices to increase public awareness of the issue, so that women do not feel stigmatized, and demand availability and access to support services.

When Doctors Ignore Postpartum Depression

Marissa Kristal | Posted 09.25.2014 | Parents
Marissa Kristal

Weeks, months, even a year passed, and I did not feel like "me" again. In fact, by my daughter's first birthday, I didn't even know who "me" was. I knew who I used to be: a positive, cheerful, friendly gal who came alive when writing, being physically active, and spending time in nature.

From Dark to Light: Postpartum in Process

Eve Kagan | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Eve Kagan

You may pretend you are fine, functioning, because you are still able to sauté the garlic a perfect golden brown and vacuum the dog hair off of the Chinese rug and put on mascara and cut the baby's tiny fingernails without drawing blood. And yet, you are totally detached.

When the Bough Breaks

MotherWoman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents

My labor and delivery were less than ideal, but they were behind me. What I didn't know was that the nightmare was just beginning.

Piecing Myself Back Together

MotherWoman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents

By Kelly Coffey Motherhood: I don't know what my expectations were. The media paints a cute picture, but my life has certainly never been cute, so wh...

Treatment Works: Choosing a Therapist During Pregnancy or Postpartum

MotherWoman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW It takes a village to raise a family--and well-trained therapists are important members of that village. When I speak with ...

The Questions We Should Ask New Moms

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

For me, caring for a new baby varied from one hour to the next. I was learning to take it day by day. I loved my daughter, but found sleep deprivation, feeding and learning how to intuit and read my baby's cries overwhelming at times.

Losing My Mind: Thoughts of Hurting My Baby

MotherWoman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents

By Amanda Roberge This article first appeared on and is reprinted with permission from I can recall with great clarity the moment...

Listening Will Change Worlds: How to Birth Healthier Families

MotherWoman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW Listening will change worlds. Is this just the promise of an idealistic social worker? In some ways I fit that stereotype...

Why I'm Breaking Up With People Magazine

Anne Addison | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Anne Addison

I know (only from reading People) that Kim Kardashian had a "near-death" experience in childbirth. The last thing she should care about is impressing us with how she got her "body" back, when the truth is -- she never lost it in the first place.