Post Partum Depression became my reality after both my children only I didnt know what to call it after my first child. I just assumed I was struggling with the depression I have had all my life but the symptoms were a little different. Lots of anxiety and overwhelmed feelings that I chalked up to being a first-time mom. Wrong. Unfortunately, this area of VA doesnt have great post partum support. You have to seek it out only to find you have to travel to northern VA for the appropriate type of counseling. And typically your OB/GYN isnt equipped to truly help....that 6 weeks post partum visit is more of a formality than a help. It is because of this that I became passionate about helping women find help before its too late. Too many women suffer in silence and there families suffer too. Its time to create an environment where women are safe and encouraged to share their stuggles and not be reported to CPS after a two minute conversation. Time to have information on warning signs readily available and counselors well equipped to treat women dealing with post partum depression. Please join me on my quest to create a better network of support for post partum mothers.
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