For the love of mothers

05/04/2010 at 3:05 pm | Posted in PPD | 5 Comments

Postpartum Support International

This is a big month for warrior mamas.

With Mother’s Day as the launch pad, we’re out in full force trying to raise awareness of and support for women suffering from postpartum mood disorders.

Of all the stats out there, these are some of the most startling to me:

  • One in eight women experience symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety.
  • Postpartum depression doesn’t just affect the new mother, it affects the whole family.
  • Many women delay seeking treatment out of fear or lack of knowledge about postpartum depression and the many treatment options available.

You can help! Here are a few ways:

Become a fan of Postpartum Education and Support on Facebook. This is the group that played a HUGE role in my recovery, through the Moms Supporting Moms meetings. Consider making a gift. No amount is too small. We’re also on Twitter: @Moms4MomsNC

Check out Katherine Stone’s Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health on Sunday and leave a comment of support, hope, love. Yours truly is one of the contributors, and I couldn’t be more honored and excited.

Make a gift to Postpartum Support International.

Spread the word!

Reach out to a new mom you know. Bring the family dinner; babysit their other children or pets; come over and do laundry. A little gesture can make a BIG difference.

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  1. Thanks for the shout-out sister!

  2. Hi! I’m afairly new mommy blogger myself and wsa wondering how to get one of those badges? I’d also like to invite you over to my blog http://www.redheadlaw7.com and hopefully you’ll allow me to add you to my blogroll?

    Thanks a bunch

    Christine

    • 2010/05/07 at 6:57 pm | In reply to redheadlaw7.

      Hey Christine! I love your blog … after that first post about bacon, it’s safe to say I’m hooked. A bacon bra? Hello! 🙂 Feel free to copy the PSI badge right off my blog post. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi Ladies,

    As the co-creator of the California “Speak Up When You’re Down” campaign, I’d be happy to provide the information for ordering hard copy or for providing soft copies of the badges.

    Just for clarification, the campaign was created by the Junior League of Los Angeles (a volunteer, non-profit organization) as a result of the unanimous passage of ACR 105, which designates each month of May in California as “Perinatal Depression Awareness” month. We are not trained in the area of providing assistance for perinatal mood anxiety disorders,thus we link people and refer them to Postpartum Support International (PSI).

    The campaign has been wildly successful – beyond our imagination. It is being used by the American Congress of Obstetricians-Gynecologists District IX (California) and by Cedars Sinai Medical Center,to name a few.

    Just wanted to be clear about the origination of the campaign. Let me know how we can help spread the word!

    • | In reply to Julie Elginer.

      Julie — Thank you SO much for sharing this information! I assumed the campaign was a PSI initiative, and I’m so glad for the clarification. How awesome that what you started in California has spread across the country. Just awesome. Thanks again for stopping by! Suzanne


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