Did you know more babies are born on October 5th than any other day of the year? This simple fact is what inspired Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress to launch her first fundraiser on “Strong Start Day.”
Katherine suffered terribly from Postpartum Progress herself and wasn’t able to find many resources online, so in 2004 she launched Postpartum Progress. Over the last seven years it’s become the go-to site for mothers wondering if they are simply having the “baby blues” or something more serious.
Eventually Katherine took her site a step further and started the non-profit organization Postpartum Progress, Inc. With a group of inspired board members, she’s leading the charge to help women get the care they need by launching her first ever fundraiser. Yes, that means for the last seven years, Katherine has funded the entire operation herself.
When Katherine and I spoke about Strong Start Day, one of the things she told me is that she wants mothers to get information at the hospital about postpartum depression, along with the other take-home items and information they are given. I know I didn’t get any info at the hospital; did you?
Katherine organized over thirty bloggers to write about the launch today (yes, including me). In her own post today she said:
Every mother shares a common wish. It doesn’t matter what level of education she has, where she lives, her race or her religion: she wants desperately to be a good mom. Imagine then, that most important dream being dashed at the start. At a time when others celebrate new life, this mom is devastated, disconnected and afraid. Her symptoms can range from the inability to eat or sleep, to disturbing thoughts about harming her child, to numbness or feelings of unbridled rage, among others. She is unable to function on a daily basis. She is convinced without question that she has failed as a mother.
The only way to reverse that perception and get her new family off to a healthy, strong start is to treat her for the most common complications of childbirth: postpartum depression and anxiety. Except, she either doesn’t know she needs treatment or, if she does, she doesn’t know where to find it or doesn’t have access to it. Like the vast majority of other mothers with her condition, she won’t get the professional help she needs. She has no idea whatsoever that this could lead to health problems, including lifelong chronic depression, and that her baby is being affected negatively as well when it comes to his or her cognitive development, attachment and future psychological health.
Katherine is part of the Babble family (she blogs for Stoller Derby), and we here at MomCrunch wish her great success. Good luck, Katherine!