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
Continuing from yesterday’s post, Hayden Panettiere opens up about postpartum depression, this post is about PANDA: Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia, a great Australian organisation working towards providing support for those who are “concerned about how they or someone else if coping during pregnancy or after having a baby.” More information about PANDA’s services can be found here.
PANDA provides a free and confidential hotline with a desired outcome for each caller, whether they are currently pregnant or not, to receive support and an education about the condition that they and/or their loved one might be currently experiencing. Additionally, they aim to provide information about they caller may seek further ongoing support locally.
This sort of service is especially important in encouraging open and honest discussion about the common mental issues that are prevalent during and following pregnancy, ranging from general anxiety to postpartum depression.
We, at The Modern Motherhood Project, hope that providing a safe space for mothers and their partners to privately discuss these issues will encourage open conversation about them within the wider society, eventually reducing the stigma associated with perinatal mental issues.
Priceline and its Priceline Sisterhood Foundation campaign is doing great work with PANDA by donating profits from Sisterhood products to the organisation! Please get involved for a great cause!
For further information on PANDA’s work, please visit their official website here.
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