One more thing: Relationships themselves can be transformed. No matter what the nature of our human relationships, we are transformed across generations, across the miles, around the world, connected in order to love and support one another on Father's Day and every week of the year in times of health or sickness.
The more time I've spent in the company of pregnant women and their partners, studying ethnographies of midwives, and hearing freshly trained doctors' accounts of delivery clinics in various parts of the world, the more I've come to understand that our collective birth narrative is by no means a universal one.
My greatest dream for the future is for an environmentally sound world. I wish for universal acceptance and understanding of all beliefs, religions and cultures. I want to envision the world in 2030 as a peaceful place, where individuality is embraced and people are not judged and persecuted for their differences.
Most mental health campaigns ask those with mental illness, one out of five Americans, to speak up and tell their story. #IWILLLISTEN asks people who do not have mental illness, four out of five Americans, to listen with compassion and patience when a friend or family member talks about his or her condition.
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.