Nearly a year ago, Kristin Davis of the blog PPD Survivor and I first pitched the idea of writing an article about postpartum depression (PPD) for our alma mater’s alumnae quarterly magazine. Mt. Holyoke College (MHC) is one of the Seven Sisters, which were all at one point all-women’s colleges. MHC is still an all-women’s college. The other six colleges are Smith, Wellesley, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Radcliffe, and Vassar.
We are proud to say that the winter issue has just been published, and we are very excited about this opportunity to share our experiences with our fellow MHC sisters. We thought, what better way to reach such a large and international group of women regarding PPD–a condition that is experienced by one out of eight new mothers and yet is still so stigmatized, misdiagnosed, undertreated and misunderstood–than through the alumnae magazine that gets mailed out to all alumnae?
To view this article, of which Kristin and I are really proud and happy to have worked on together, please click here. It starts on page 12. There will also be a community board to enable alumnae to pose questions and have discussions on an ongoing basis about perinatal mood disorders. Such a great opportunity to empower and educate. I’m so pleased!
Many thanks to fellow alum Marg Stark who joined us in sharing her experience in this article. Thanks, also, to the editorial board of the Alumnae Quarterly for realizing the importance of this topic and working with us to make this article possible.