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!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

We are NOT alone. (Support is Essential to Healing)

I just came back from my PMD support group. I missed the last two weeks and I am really really grateful that the program is available to me. Going in I was a mess, and coming out I felt the relief I had been seeking from my tumultuous emotions.  Solace can be found in sharing and support from other PMD Moms.

 We are all scared, we are all dealing with our postpartum depression alone four days out of the week. We have Doctors to visit, families to take care of, appointments to keep, houses to clean, events to plan, all the while dealing with insomnia, anxiety, bad dreams, guilt, anger, stress, sleep deprivation, and the infinity of our thoughts.

 I have had a very difficult week as all my emotions have exploded out of me all at once like a waking volcano. I felt angry, I felt sad, I felt frustrated, I felt scared, I felt anxious. I thought I was finally balancing out, but it seems this emotional purge has to take place first. UGH! I can't stop crying.

It is an uphill struggle and just knowing I am not alone is very comforting to me.

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