BENEFITING: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS
EVENT DATE: Jun 18, 2016
Some of you may know my story; many of you do not. Last year (Jan.2015) after pushing for 3.5 hours and fianlly having Michael via c-section, he was put into the NICU for jaundice and for a lesion on his head. We slept in his room for the next 4 days while they ran daily tests on him and had him hooked up to multiple wires. When we finally received the all clear to bring him home prefectly healthy, we were overjoyed. We were also stressed. As the days and nights SLOWLY dragged on, I knew that feeling disconnected from my family was not normal. I chalked it up to the baby blues until one night I thought of ending my life. I wanted Pete to find a better wife and mother for our family because I couldn't keep putting them through this. I was hospitalized immediately following that and stayed for 8 days. My transition back home included 'visiting' my family, but staying with my parents. It also included all day intensive outpatient therapy which slowly tapered down to a few days a week plus weekly support group help. All the while, I was seeing a psychiatrist who helped with the medication aspect. I am currently still on meds and seeing a therapist every other week. This journey has been long and grueling, but thank God I've been blessed to begin enjoying my son more than I ever thought possible. He is my light that brings me out of those dark places. The truly unfortunate part about all of this is that it never had to get to the point it did. I'm certainly not the first woman to ever experience post partum depression, and sadly, I won't be the last.
And how about some numbers, you say? Every year in the United States around 4 million babies are born to 4 million moms, and at least 15% of those moms will suffer from postpartum mood disorders. Every year Postpartum Progress will be more in need than ever for around 600,000 women who find themselves plunged in darkness and who have no idea why, or where to go for help. We exist because we know that without help the long-term health of both mom and baby is negatively impacted. We can prevent that.
Postpartum Progress’ Climb Out of the Darkness™ is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, postpartum bipolar disorder, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. Climb Out is held on or near the longest day of the year annually to help shine the MOST light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The event features mothers and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery. Funds raised support the 501c3 organization Postpartum Progress (http://postpartumprogress.org) We can’t wait for Climb Out of the Darkness 2015, to be held Saturday, June 18th at 9:00 am. Mark your calendars!