Ivy is a PPD survivor. She had her daughter in December 2004 and suffered from PPD about 6 weeks later. Fortunately, with the help of Paxil which she started taking in February 2005, her frightening experience came to an end 4 weeks later. Tom Cruise’s infamous rantings “There’s no such thing as a chemical imbalance” triggered an intense reaction and an overwhelming desire to tell him, and others like him, to “Shut up unless you’ve been through PPD yourself.”
Her passion to write a book about her own experience and provide advice to other women and their families was fueled with anger….anger from the unnecessary suffering she went through from the shameful lack of information available to the public about PPD, as well as her doctors’ ignorance and lack of sensitivity.
Due to complications from her delivery, Ivy had to have a partial hysterectomy and cannot have any more children. But she feels blessed with her sweet, beautiful and smart little girl whom she was fortunate to have after one failed pregnancy, one failed IVF cycle and a successful IVF cycle. Realizing the correlation between infertility and perinatal mood disorders, she occasionally blogs about infertility and failed pregnancies as well. After reading many books about PPD, she has learned alot about the biopsychosocial risk factors that trigger perinatal mood disorders. Childhood experiences–particularly those during puberty when a girl is particularly vulnerable thanks to hormonal developments, difficulties at home and difficulties at school–are key…..which is why she blogs about the challenges teenage girls face, including bullying (having been a victim of bullying herself).
Ivy has been a member of Postpartum Support International since 2006, and always looks for opportunities to raise public awareness via blogging, participate in fundraising events, and provide email/telephone support. Through this blog and her book, she hopes to reach as many women as she can. There is no reason for any woman to feel as alone and as scared as she felt while she was sick with PPD.
A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College with a BA in Biology, Ivy has been working full-time in the financial services sector ever since (interestingly enough). She lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She will be forever grateful to her husband for being so supportive during her struggle with PPD and with her book-writing efforts. He is a wonderful daddy.