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Postpartum Anxiety Might Be Even More Common Than PPD

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Parents

Jill Krause called her doctor, certain that she had cancer. It was about five months after she gave birth to her second baby five years ago, and Kraus...

You Can Help Bring Postpartum Depression Out Of The Shadows

Timoria McQueen | Posted 06.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Timoria McQueen

They feel like failures as mothers and in their relationships. They often feel no attachment to their children or to the world around them. They are h...

On Being a Bad Mom

Micah D.R. Bower | Posted 06.06.2016 | Parents
Micah D.R. Bower

Find your safe space, wherever or whatever or whomever that is, and rest there often. Voice your fears, concerns, failures (which are probably more like "failures"), frustrations, and angers. Say them out loud to someone who will listen without judgment. Don't let those things fester and rot inside your soul. Get them out and get on with your day.

My Pregnancy Nearly Killed Me: The Horror of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Christine Suhan | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Christine Suhan

My youngest is now two and a half years old and mothering him, and my two other boys, is the purest joy I have ever known. My first pregnancy was difficult. My second was debilitating. My third almost killed me, but I'd do it all again if it promised even a moment of the joy and love I find in them each day.

Moms Get Honest About Postpartum Depression In Powerful Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.04.2016 | Parents

For women struggling with postpartum depression, one of the most powerful tools is the knowledge that they're not alone. In an emotional new video fro...

How Moms Can Use Their iPhones To Join The Fight Against PPD

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.24.2016 | Parents

One of the biggest questions about postpartum depression (PPD) is what causes it. Why are as many as 1 in 7 mothers affected by debilitating, often lo...

Postpartum Depression Stole Two Months Of My Life

Ravishly | Posted 10.20.2016 | Parents

I looked at this tiny human and felt nothing. Absolutely nothing. No overwhelming joy at finally meeting this person I'd been so excited for in months prior, no lurking sadness about no longer being pregnant and relishing in those shared "inside mommy's belly" moments. Just... nothing.

The Haunting Realities Of Postpartum Depression, Illustrated

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents

"It felt like hopelessness, resentment and anger," wrote mom Michaela Ludwig of her postpartum depression. "I felt like I wasn't going to be a good en...

A Blood Test Could Show If A Woman Is At Risk For Postpartum Depression

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents

Postpartum depression affects nearly one fifth of women, but researchers haven't been able to single out those who may be particularly at risk, other ...

An Open Letter to Baby Number Two

Kimberly Zapata | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
Kimberly Zapata

There are days I think about you, baby number two. I wonder what sex you'll be and what color eyes you'll have, and I wonder if I will ever see them.

New Moms and Depression: Where to Go? What to Do? Whom to Call?

MotherWoman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents

Moms with postpartum depression cannot wait for care and treatment when faced with depression and other perinatal emotional complications. The impact on both Mom and her infant can be serious. But in Massachusetts there is a new model that is providing hope for these mothers and changing the landscape so that providers can provide the care that is needed.

How My Dreams of Blissful Motherhood Became a Nightmare

Susie Gamboa | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Susie Gamboa

About six weeks after I have birth, I started a rapid decline into a state of complete misery. I would stare at the blank wall, sometimes for an hour straight, listening to the negative thoughts circulating in my mind.

I Am the Right Mother

MotherWoman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Today I lead postpartum support groups, and thank goodness I have to be the group leader, so I can't walk out of the group and cry in the restroom. I must open up that old inner self to some more compassionate attitudes if I'm going to be of help to my fellow moms.

It's Not Just You: Creating Safe Spaces for Moms to Share

MotherWoman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents

Yesterday, a new mom said to me, "I love coming to your group. I'm sick of the baby books and people telling me what to do. I just want to come here a...

Postpartum Pleas: Calling for Help

MotherWoman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents

I found the Parental Stress Hotline number and finally had someone to talk to at 4:00 a.m. about noisy birds. I eventually found numbers for the Hadley-based group MotherWoman and MOMS Club in East Longmeadow, not to mention the number of a psychiatrist who prescribed me wonderful, wonderful drugs. The more I talked, the better I became.

MotherWoman Is Empowering Health Care Providers to Help Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents

Women have been suffering alone. For mothers, there is so much shame and stigma attached to a prenatal or postpartum struggle. It's the big secret -- the elephant in the room.

Catherine Pearson

Why So Many Women Don't Seek Help For Postpartum Depression | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents

Roughly four months after her first baby was born, Robin Farr noticed herself slipping, slowly, into a funk. "At the time, I didn't know what it wa...

My Truth About Postpartum Depression

MotherWoman | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents

By Stephanie Cannoe Looking back, I now see the debilitating depression I endured during my second pregnancy and after my son was born. For five mont...

Why the F**k Can't I Go to Sleep?: Pregnancy and Postpartum Sleep Issues

MotherWoman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW Go the F**k to Sleep, a book written in 2011 by Adam Mansbach, was an instant hit among parents, as was the recent blog pos...

5 Things Not To Say To A Woman With Postpartum Depression -- And What To Say Instead

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents

Postpartum depression, which affects an estimated 9 to 16 percent of new moms, is better understood than ever before, meaning there is more awareness ...

What The New York Times Got Right and Wrong About Maternal Mental Health

Seleni Institute | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

We are glad the Times is sparking a conversation about perinatal mood disorders and postpartum psychosis. We hope the conversation will evolve and accomplish two things.

The Parenting Fear I Couldn't Escape -- And Still Apologize For

Julia Fierro | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Julia Fierro

We laugh about it now. Still, I find myself apologizing now and then, despite the years that have passed, because I haven't completely forgiven myself.

I Am a Postpartum Depression Survivor

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents

I was isolated, but I tried to put on a good front. This made me feel even worse and perpetuated a vicious cycle of withdrawal and a feeling of failure. All these led me to believe I was a bad mother.

What Lady Mary Can Teach Us About Mental Health and New Moms

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Whether this complex fictional woman we have come to love is suffering from postpartum depression, as some speculate, or simply grief, I felt tremendous empathy for her and her infant son George.

Move, Breathe, Heal

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

by Kelly Coffey There was no darker period than the winter months following the birth of my second daughter. I experienced all the symptoms we've com...