What Is A Warrior Mom?
We believe a key part of erasing stigma is replacing the image the public has in its mind of postpartum depression with a new one. We chose to take on pictures of bedraggled, murderous mothers portrayed continuously in the media whenever PPD is discussed by developing the empowering Warrior Mom logo. It was inspired by a statue on the grounds of the University of Illinois at Chicago that features a goddess protecting her baby and herself from a demon at her feet:
The Warrior Mom logo depicts a strong woman who does the best she can to care for herself and her baby, protecting them both by fighting her illness with treatment and support from others (the shield):
Many technologically-savvy survivors of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders now proudly display Postpartum Progress Warrior Mom “badges” on their own websites and blogs, that if clicked link back to the Postpartum Progress URL:
One wrote, after adding the Warrior Mom badge to her site, “I honestly never once thought of myself as a ‘Survivor.’ That perspective, that term, brings me a sense of peace I would have never, ever thought possible.”