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Postpartum Depression: A Feminist Issue

Do not dismiss postpartum depression with a shrug and an eye roll, Ms. Albert.  It affects one out of every seven women.  Ms. Elisa Albert wrote a book After Birth that I will definitely not be reading.  Her main premise is that women do not have enough support for the choices that they are making. Show More Summary

The Secret Companion of Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period After Loss: Perinatal and Postpartum Anxiety

Birth trauma, you could call it that.  My first daughter was stillborn at full-term in December of 2012.  I went into labor and delivery that night expecting to soon meet my little girl only to be told by the doctor while sitting in front of a still and silent ultrasound that there was, “No heartbeat”. Show More Summary

Music as Self-Care

Music has always been a part of my life.  I realized the depth of my struggles through postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety when I could not recall the last time I played music.  I sang bedtime songs for my daughters, and that was the extent of it. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Moms: Postpartum Rage

I hid this side of my struggle with postpartum depression from everyone but my immediate family.  My postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety manifested itself in rage.  Postpartum rage made feel like I suffered from a split personality disorder. Show More Summary

The Truth About Postpartum Psychosis

These are the kind of posts we don’t like to write. But they are also the posts we must write because these situations carry the most potential for stigma and misunderstanding as they relate to the Perinatal Mood & Anxiety realm. A recent situation in Cincinnati is the reason for this post. Show More Summary

New Study: Postpartum OCD and New Mamas

The thoughts marched onto the battlefield when my daughter was less than a week old. They closed ranks around my brain and held on voraciously until they squeezed every bit of sanity out of me. Their arrows whizzed by, carrying horrid...Show More Summary

Breaking Down The Privilege of Me Too

This past week, I had the privilege of speaking about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders with the Moms’ weekly group I attend. It was a bit beyond my comfort zone as I am accustomed to supporting and disseminating information in cyberspace more than in person, something I hope to change this year. Show More Summary

What is postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD teaching me?

{The following is a guest post from Natalie} {photo credit – fotolia} The other day a friend told me that the Universe gives you the baby you need. She’d heard that from a friend who has a very fussy baby, who felt that he teaches her patience and understanding. Show More Summary

Announcing Warrior Mom Conference 2015 Speakers

With only 18 weeks until the inaugural Postpartum Progress Warrior Mom Conference, we’re excited to share our amazing line-up of speakers.  We’ll be announcing the conference agenda in the coming weeks, but just couldn’t wait to introduce...Show More Summary

Peer to Peer Support Proves Effective In Fighting Postpartum Depression

Those of us active in the PPD community have long hailed the benefit of peer to peer support when it comes to helping mothers combat postpartum depression and anxiety. Now a new study has been published which strengthens the claim that moms helping moms makes a difference. Show More Summary

Self Forgiveness in Healing

Most of us have heard that forgiveness is a healing step toward recovery. When we read these words, we think of applying the act of forgiveness to the people in our lives. But do we think about the character most central to our lives, and our healing? I’m talking about us. Show More Summary

Dear PPD & Gang — A Poem About Surviving Postpartum Depression

The Postpartum Progress Private Forum is a special place. Hundreds of moms come together online, day in and day out, to support one another through their battles with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The conversations there are uplifting and full of hope. Show More Summary

Connecting is Just the Beginning: How Blogging and Online Community Supported Me Through PPD

Today’s guest post is an excerpt from The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life—Online and Off by Sarah Granger. The summer of 2005 found me in a distressing place. I was on vacation in London with my husband—and was six months pregnant with my daughter—when I started experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions. Show More Summary

Mommy Shoes – Parenting While Recovering From PPD

Please welcome Mirjam Rose to Postpartum Progress today, as she shares her experience of parenting while recovering from PPD. Mirjam is an elementary school teacher and blogger who lives in the Netherlands with her husband and three children. Show More Summary

Mental Health After Postpartum

Mental health, after postpartum “ends,” becomes a rough path. The only thing rougher is trying to leave the path and walk alone. I don’t recommend trying to walk alone. I’ve been seeing doctors and therapists since I was twenty-years-old, and the darkest times in my life have been before therapy and between therapists. Show More Summary

Warrior Mom Conference Countdown

There’s nothing like connecting with another mom who has been through postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis, or has experienced any of these illnesses during pregnancy.  An instant understanding and sisterhood binds you together, as you share your story and recognize yourself in a kindred spirit. Show More Summary

Mental Illness Didn’t Crush My Dream of a Family

Photo Credit: carf via Compfight cc I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after experiencing two manic episodes in the same month, each requiring hospitalization. At the time I was devastated and felt as though my dream of having a family had been shattered. Show More Summary

Research uncovers various classes of PPD

Humans compare themselves to others around them. She has prettier hair. He has a nicer car. Why does she get the corner office when I have worked just as hard? Or the ever popular gym comparisons: I do the SAME exercises as her and yet, nothing. Show More Summary

How Women of Color Can Manage The Impact of Acculturative Stress and Discrimination During Pregnancy

Today I’m thrilled to have Dr. Lekeisha Sumner with us to share insight on two very common types of stress women of color may experience during pregnancy and tips on how we can manage both. Dr. Lekeisha Sumner, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified clinical psychologist with specialization in both clinical psychology and medical psychology. Show More Summary

Not All Situations Are the Same: My Four Stories

Trigger Warning: This post contains some references to miscarriage. Often, I find myself telling my story of life with and after Postpartum Depression (and Postpartum OCD, and Postpartum Anxiety, and Postpartum PTSD… darned comorbidity). Show More Summary

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