A powerful video from non-profit organisation, Postpartum Progress, shows the different faces of postpartum depression from real women experiencing the illness. The collaborative effort between the organisation and Baby Rabies blogger Jill Krause, shows a group of mothers candidly sharing their experiences with postpartum depression with the aims of ending the stigma associated with perinatal mood disorders.
Krause has told The Huffington Post, “We are working to erase the stigma of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and to let people know where moms can start to find help.”
This video is incredibly important because it opens up the public discussion of postpartum mood disorders on a major scale and will hopefully encourage widespread discussion between mothers who were previously uncomfortable to do so.
The women in the video maintain that their feelings of despair and frustration are completely unrelated to their love for their children. They also all agree that they are better parents, not in spite, but because of their struggles.
As one mother states, “I am a good mother… even with postpartum depression.”
…because there is always #BeautyInTheMess
“Mom Is A Dirty Word”, a documentary by Samantha Rife which was previously discussed in this post, addresses the difficult balancing act that many new mothers are faced with. Rife examines the “Mommy Wars” argument of choosing to be a ‘stay-at-home’ mum and ‘career’ mum.
Due to disproportionate societal expectations of child rearing responsibilities for women and men, working mothers often face unnecessary pressures regarding their work-life balance, resulting in feelings of guilt and stress.
With her documentary, Rife aims to target the hypocrisies in American culture and public policy surrounding working mothers, with the aims of initiating governmental support for mums and families, such as, paid maternity leave and equitable business practices.
Fortunately, for expecting mothers in Australia, paid parental leave entitlements have been available since January 2011. The paid maternity and paternity leave scheme in Australia is government-funded, giving the main carer 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay at the National Minimum Wage. This scheme is incredibly helpful in allowing mothers to maintain their career and income whilst caring for their child, therefore aiding the difficult decision between returning to work and being a stay-at-home mum.