My daughter was born August 3, 2015. When she was born, instead of those fuzzy feelings you see in the movie when they place the baby on your chest???? Yea, I didn't get that. Instead, I was facing the beginning of Postpartum Depression. It was awful. I felt no connection to my daughter, I had AWFUL thoughts about her, and I felt NOTHING like myself. I instantly knew something was off. I waited FOREVER to have this baby, and now I'm not happy? I couldn't bear that feeling. I immediately sought out help. I have been in therapy for the past 9 months, and while I have gotten better, I'm still not 100%. I work every day to push through this, and I finally have connected with my daughter. Unfortunately, there are moms out there who don't get the help they need, and this is when we see the awful tragedies. When you have these feelings of depression, and malicious acts towards your child, you feel embarassed, ashamed, and like you are not to fit to be a mother, and that other people will judge you. This needs to stop. And this is why I am doing this fundraiser, so that there can be more resources, and information for mothers all over the world (and their families), so when someone is faced with a maternal mental illness like postpartum depression, or OCD or postpartum anxiety, she doesn't have to hide in the dark. She can find the help she needs to Climb Out of the Darkness and into the joys of motherhood that every woman deserves to experience.
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