I am so honored to be included in this amazing group of mothers writing open letters about postpartum depression in honor of Mother’s Day 2010. One letter will be published every hour for twenty-four hours, and mine is already up!
I’m so glad you’ve decided to visit Postpartum Progress and check out the Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health. Today you will be reading a wide variety of letters from an amazing group of women. I hope you will find something inspiring or helpful in each and every one of them. (And if this is your first visit, and you’d like more general information about postpartum depression and related illnesses and how to get help for them, click here.) I also hope you will be sure to comment on the posts and thank these incredible moms for their courage.
Postpartum Progress, founded in 2004, is the most comprehensive peer resource available for pregnant and new mothers suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. It has been ranked as one of the top 10 mental health blogs on the internet by PsychCentral.com and Blogs.com and has been featured on Mamapedia, BlogHer, PBS’ This Emotional Life and Health.com among others.
Full Participant List:
- Melinda Roberts, author of the blog The Mommy Blog, named one of the top 50 mommy blogs by Babble.com, a regular contributor to Momversation.com and author of the book “Mommy Confidential: Adventures from the Wonderbelly of Motherhood”
- Meagan Francis, author of the blog The Happiest Mom
- Casey Mullins, author of the blog Moosh in Indy
- Blair, author of the blog Heir to Blair, an editor’s pick at thebump.com
- Sarah Visbeek, author of the blog In the Trenches of Mommyhood
- Allison McDonald, author of the blog No Time for Flashcards and contributor to FamilyEducation.com
- Ann Douglas, author of “The Mother of All Parenting Books” and “The Mother of All Baby Books”
- Victoria Mason, author of the blog The Mummy Chronicles
- Suzanne, author of the blog Pretty Swell
- Sera, author of the blog Laughing Through the Chaos
- Tamra, author of the blog Surprisingly Sane
- Julie Hersh, author of the book Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope
- Jessica Zucker, PhD, psychologist and contributor to PBS’ This Emotional Life
- Marlene Freeman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health
- Meeka Centimano, LCSW, social worker and founder of Postpartum Resource Center of Kansas
- Teresa Twomey, author of Understanding Postpartum Psychosis: A Temporary Madness
- Alison Palmer, RN, Elliot Hospital Postpartum Emotional Support Program (NH)
- Adrienne Griffin, founder of Postpartum Support of Virginia
- Alexis, author of the blog Depressions and Confessions
- Amber Koter, author of the blog Beyond Postpartum
- Ninotchka Beavers, author of the blog Cease Cows, Life is Short!
- Amy Gagliardi, MD
- Katherine Stone, author of the blog Postpartum Progress, guest editor on postpartum depression for BlogHer.com