A very, very brief post tonight, as I wanted to share this article by my friend and Program Director of MotherWoman (MA), Liz Friedman who’d recently won for her submission to the TED Women Contest.
I’d like to highlight the following excerpt from the article:
It is one of the most incredibly well kept and unfortunately well kept secrets that we have about the postpartum period. We think it is all happy. We think that we will be joyful and supposed to be loving our experience as mothers. It is not the reality. One in eight mothers experiences postpartum depression.
The MotherWoman vision is to have a postpartum support group for every 2,000 mothers across the country. Their goal is to ensure no mother goes without the support they need to get through PPD. These are truly wonderful goals that are so desperately needed in our society today, due to our lack of a social support model that–with family living farther and farther apart, more and more women with careers and fewer neighbors being available to provide community support — used to be much, much more prevalent in this country. Not to mention our societal view–or myth, if you will–of the perfect, or super, mother.
Click here for more about MotherWoman, including its mission, philosophy, and Mother/Postpartum Support Groups.
Please go to my previous post on Social Support and why it makes such a difference for new moms to not only have adequate practical support but emotional support as well in the first postpartum weeks.
Brava, Liz! You and MotherWoman are such great inspiration for other PPD survivor mamas! Thank you for taking your own experience and wanting to make a positive difference for other mothers!