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, June 21, 2010

Releasing my Resistance

Friday, June 18, 2010

I have said that I am not one of those women who wants to be a Mommy 100%; to have it as my one and only focus in life. I am slowly adapting to being a Mommy and Being Me and realizing I can be both.

I am discovering that to have peace in my mind, I must surrender my labours of love for the time being and use that energy and focus on raising my son as my ONLY labour of love. I can no longer push against the current of my life. It just doesn’t work. Resistance is futile! LOL

“With Acceptance comes Peace”.  Accepting my role, my loss of free time, spontaneity and the list of many other losses, brings me to a level where I am not so angry, not so upset or frustrated. It takes a lot of practice and I am weaving in and out of a multitude of emotions every day.

My son is 6 months old now, and I am seeing the changes in him, and the changes in myself. I wonder at the miracle of him, as his personality and individuality develop more each day. He is a gift, my gift, and what more could I ask for?

So, I wish everyone at least two days in a row of happy, up days, and next week, three days in a row of joyous days and so on, until every day gives you a glow of peace within.

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