THE FACES OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

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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

MM

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PANDA leads the way in tackling perinatal depression

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Continuing from yesterday’s post, Hayden Panettiere opens up about postpartum depressionthis 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!

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For further information on PANDA’s work, please visit their official website here.

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Hayden Panettiere opens up about postpartum depression

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Pregnancy and childbirth have countless effects on the female body, many of which we are familiar with: weight gain, fatigue and painful breasts. However, we often largely ignore one of the major mental effects that is common amongst new mothers: postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is estimated to affect 16% of women giving birth in Australia. Furthermore, approximately 85% experience some type of emotional disturbance post-delivery. With nearly 1 in every 6 new mothers experiencing depression following childbirth, the topic is  shockingly neglected and under-discussed.

Societal expectations of motherhood as a exclusively happy experience result in the stigmatisation of postpartum depression and therefore, can cause feelings of shame in mothers who experience it. The lack of discussion of postpartum depression in the public sphere prolongs the vicious cycle, as awareness is lacking, particularly in realising how common this issue actually is.

In a recent interview on Live! with Kelly and Michael, American actress, Hayden Panettiere, opened up about her negative experiences following the birth of her child in December 2014.

“When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child. I want to injure or hurt my child. I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do.'” Panettiere stated.

“But you don’t realise how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”

Panettiere’s acknowledgement of her own experiences with postpartum depression has been important in creating mainstream and widespread awareness, particularly in addressing many misunderstandings surrounding the issue.

Healthy discussion about the prevalence, causes and impacts of postpartum depression are needed to destigmatise a condition that is all too common in modern motherhood. It’s important that we recognise and accept the wide spectrum of experiences, positive and negative, that are encompassed by motherhood. Because there is always #BeautyInTheStruggle.

MM