Hello and Welcome to my blog. I am glad that you are here.

I am a mom who has experienced Postpartum Depression/Postpartum Mood Disorder (PMD). I am now a Postpartum Depression Awareness & Support Activist.

I entitled my blog "It Takes A Village" in reference to the African proverb that is so commonly known. I feel very strongly that we as a society have set very high standards and expectations of new mothers to take care of their children on their own, without support or help after the first week or so.

I think we have it backwards: New Mom's need respite and support whether they are well or not. We need support and encouragement, and someone to relieve us so that we can get some sleep and time to rejuvienate.

My aim with this blog is to bring awareness to the world, and support to other Moms (and possibly Dads) that are going through this experience. I am passionate about reducing stigma as it creates the barrier that keeps women silent and suffering. I want Moms to feel safe enough to share their story and get the support and help they need to get better.

I encourage you, if you believe you may be experiencing more than the "baby blues" to seek out help. You will not be judged or criticized. The goal of all list here on this blog are to support you and help you heal so that you may live the life you dreamed of with your child.

This blog is a work in progress, please check in often to see more updates and new information!

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Wonderful Discovery

The waning moon shines brightly through my kitchen window. The sky is dark. My eyes are groggy. It is six in the morning on Good Friday, 2010. I slowly make a bottle for my son and wait for my body to wake up. Before I know it, the sky is light and the moon has faded into the atmosphere. I push the worrisome thoughts to the back of my mind and focus on the good in my life.

My journey so far with Postpartum Depression has taken me down many roads; terror, panic, anxiety, appetite loss, sleep deprivation, scary thoughts and bad dreams, gratitude, enlightenment, appreciation and joy. Did I really say joy? Wow! The joy, I just realized, is what I feel when I interact with my son and see total acceptance shine from his little Buddha face. This is a wonderful discovery!
(See "My Postpartum Story for more.)

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