Postpartum Progress News


Postpartum Progress Launches Spanish, Chinese & Black/African Diaspora New Mom Mental Health Checklists

September 2016 — Postpartum Progress has launched new versions of its New Mom Mental Health Checklist, a checklist used by moms and healthcare providers to help start a conversation about how the mothers are feeling, what symptoms they might be experiencing and what risk factors they have.  Therapists and hospitals all over the country are adopting it, and they have downloaded it thousands of times.

Our newest versions include the checklist for Black and African Diaspora women, and two new translated versions in Spanish and in Simplified Chinese. The translations were made with the support of a translation service recommended by the Office of Minority Health to ensure they were done according to the national standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS).

New Mom Mental Health Checklist – Spanish/Lista de verificacion para nuevas mamas pera obtener ayuda de saluda mental materna

New Mom Mental Health Checklist – Simplified Chinese/新产妇精神健康帮助核查单

Postpartum Progress Approved for a $15k Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute


imgresAugust 2016 — Postpartum Progress has been awarded a $14,995 Pipeline to Proposal – Tier 1 award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The contract is for a project entitled “Into the Light: Using Health Technology to Develop a Mother/Family Centered Peer Support Network.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. Today PCORI announced it has awarded funds totaling $688,000 for 46 projects through its “Pipeline to Proposal” Awards program. Postpartum Progress is one of only 9 national projects selected, with the remaining being local or regional in scope. These projects were approved for Tier I awards of up to $15,000 each to develop the capacity for patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders to participate in patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness (CER) research.

“The Pipeline to Proposal Awards program is a manifestation of PCORI’s commitment to the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders in all our research endeavors,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “It provides support to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to contribute to the field of comparative effectiveness research. We’re pleased to follow the awardees’ progress as they develop partnerships and begin to form research questions.”

Learn about all of the awardees in PCORI’s funding announcement here. More information on the Pipeline program is available on PCORI’s website.

This grant adds to Postpartum Progress’ growing program area of patient-centered, patient-driven research. This program area was launched in 2016 with the organization’s partnership on PPD ACT, the world’s largest genetic study of PPD, an ongoing research project.

4th Annual Climb Out of the Darkness® Reaches New Heights

Climb Out of the Darkness San DiegoJune 2016 — Postpartum Progress’ 4th annual Climb Out of the Darkness® was held on Saturday, June 18, in seven different countries to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and raise funds for the nonprofit. The event raised $350,000, a 45% increase over the previous year’s total, and attracted more than 4,200 registered participants, a 68% increase over 2015. Media coverage of the event, which included both national and local media stories, such as this video on BuzzFeed, reached 153 million total impressions. Also, thanks to the very hard work of Climb leaders and fundraisers, Postpartum Progress was able to make grants totaling nearly $20,000 to programs directly helping underserved women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The programs include, but are not limited to:

The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center in Ojai, California, which will be using the funds to help provide free in-person therapy to moms with maternal mental illness.

Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, which will be using the funds to cover cab vouchers and parking passes so low-income women can participate in its Perinatal Depression Outreach Program services. This is the only program providing free services to high-risk mothers in the Baltimore area.

First Connections in Needham, Massachusetts, which will be using the funds to expand outreach and provide support to additional communities, including those at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Heartsounds in Tucson, Arizona, which provides free home doula support to low-income mothers with infants.

Moms Bloom in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which will be expanding its Flourishing Families program to Lansing and training volunteers how to support local teen moms as well as African-American moms who are part of the Strong Start, Healthy Start Program.

Photo: Team San Diego 2016


Postpartum Progress Wins 2016 Iris Award for Social Campaign of the Year




iris-awards-winnersApril 2016 — Postpartum Progress won the 2016 Social Campaign of the Year at the Iris Awards, an annual recognition of individual achievements, collective creativity, and impactful work in parent blogging and social media. The Iris Awards were held on Friday, May 1 at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, CA. The organization won for its #meditateonthis social media campaign to combat stigma. Fellow nominees in the category were the social campaigns #LoveYourCurls by Dove, #TalkEarly by, #ParentingUnfiltered by Plum Organics, #WomenWhoDo by Vanity Fair and #HowWeFamily by Tylenol.

Postpartum Progress was also nominated in the categories of Game Changer of the Year, Philanthropic Work of the Year and Most Informative Content.

Photo: (l to r) Kristen Chase, Podcast of the Year; Jill Williams Krause, Blog of the Year; Katherine Stone, Social Campaign of the Year; Liz Gumbinner, Podcast of the Year, photo by Michael Cummings, Mom 2.0 Summit.



Postpartum Progress Partners with UNC, Apple on Largest Genetic Study of PPD
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March 2016 —  Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and the international Postpartum Depression: Action Towards Causes and Treatment (PACT) Consortium unveiled a free iPhone app to engage women in a genetics research study about postpartum depression (PPD). The study aims to help researchers understand why some women suffer from PPD and others do not – critical knowledge to help researchers find more effective treatments.

The ResearchKit app, called PPD ACT, surveys women to identify those who have had symptoms of PPD. The app also will invite certain women based on survey responses to provide DNA samples so that researchers can study the genes of those impacted by PPD. ResearchKit is an open-source framework developed by Apple that allows researchers to create app-based studies with global reach. The PPD ACT app is available for iPhone users as a free download from the App Store in the U.S. and Australia. A U.K. version is coming soon. International partners include Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland and the National Centre for Mental Health at Cardiff University.

UNC School of Medicine faculty members Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders, and Patrick Sullivan, MD, director of the UNC Center for Psychiatric Genomics, led efforts to design the study and develop the app with support from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Center for Innovation.

“Between 12 and 23 percent of women will experience symptoms of depression after pregnancy, and this app will help us better understand why,” Dr. Meltzer-Brody said. “We hope that women will share their experiences so that we can more effectively diagnose and treat PPD in the future.”

The app informs women of the purpose of the research, asks their consent to participate and collects information about their experiences with PPD. A survey prompts women to answer questions about childbirth, mood, anxiety levels and other symptoms associated with pregnancy and delivery. Based on responses, some women will be invited to give a saliva sample using a “spit kit,” which will be provided through the mail to U.S. participants by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

“This app and its self-administered testing model will provide us with access to a large amount of data among women across the globe while stretching our research dollars,” Dr. Sullivan said. “This will help us to validate and cross-check results, allowing us to draw more precise conclusions.”

Postpartum Progress®, an international nonprofit organization that supports women with maternal mental illness, is a proud partner of PPD ACT and is committed to spreading the word about the study, particularly among its community of Warrior Moms™, mothers who have experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

“Postpartum Progress is thrilled to partner with UNC on this landmark research,” said Katherine Stone, founder of Postpartum Progress. “Our hope is that findings from this study will prevent future generations from suffering from these devastating disorders.”

The app is intended for women 18 years or older who have previously given birth and believe they may have experienced or are currently experiencing signs or symptoms of PPD, such as anxiety, depression, guilt, irritability or extreme sadness. For more information about PPD and common symptoms, visit

Postpartum Progress Launches #meditateonthis Campaign to Combat Stigma


January 2016 – Postpartum Progress, in partnership with Avital Norman Nathman, editor of The Good Mother Myth, quickly launched a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #meditateonthis in response to stigmatizing statements about screening and treatment for postpartum depression made by a bestselling author with a massive following. The organic campaign, created to provide a virtual pushback to stigma and amplify the voices of thousands of women who’ve had perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, ended up generating 8,286 tweets from 1,344 different contributors, with 32,036,141 million Twitter timeline deliveries and a reach of 3,640,283 million people. It was also covered by the following parenting and mental health outlets:



Working Mother Announces 2016 Social Media Moms Awards
January 2016 — Postpartum Progress is pleased to share that our founder, Katherine Stone, was named to Working Mother magazine’s 2016 Social Media Moms Awards list. The list includes, “… 20 working mothers who’ve harnessed the tremendous reach and influence of social media to send meaningful messages and support or launch causes that make our world a better place.” Stone was honored alongside authors J.K. Rowling, Jennifer Lawson and Cheryl Strayed, musicians P!nk and Shakira, and other luminaries such as Christy Turlington, Chelsea Clinton, Kimberly Bryant and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg.
Postpartum Progress' 2015 Year in Review
January 2015 — Postpartum Progress launched a new infographic to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments in 2015.


Parenting Websites Recommend Postpartum Progress for Giving Tuesday
November 2015 – Postpartum Progress is thrilled to be recommended by several popular parenting and women’s websites for 2015’s Giving Tuesday charitable giving, including recommendations from BabyCenter and SheKnows/BlogHer. Postpartum Progress is also a “favorite charity” in the Cool Mom Picks 2015 Gift Guide. Cool Mom Picks is one of the hottest gear, style, and design sites on the web for parents.  Also, it was just announced that our founder is listed among SheKnow’s 20 Inspiring Women in Health.


Postpartum Progress Awarded hope & grace fund Grant

hope & grace initiativeOctober 2015 – Postpartum Progress is thrilled to have received a grant from the hope & grace initiative, a project of the New Venture Fund in partnership with philosophy inc. The grant will support a strategic, multi-tier awareness campaign tied to our 2016 Climb Out of the Darkness to help reduce stigma and encourage women to seek help for maternal mental illness. 

The hope & grace initiative represents an unprecedented and unending commitment by philosophy to support mental health and well-being. With the initiative, philosophy becomes the first company to place a deep focus on this important cause and the first major beauty company to make a brand-wide commitment to dedicate 1% of its U.S. net sales toward the cause through the hope and grace fund, a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that hosts and incubates a range of innovative and effective public interest projects in conservation, global health, public policy, international development, education, disaster recovery, and the arts. Founded in 1996, philosophy is part of Coty Inc., with headquarters in Phoenix and New York.

Postpartum Progress Partners with National Council on Behavioral Health To Provide Mental Health First Aid Training to Moms

Mental Health First AidSeptember 2015 — Postpartum Progress announced a new partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health that will provide scholarships for Mental Health First Aid Training to 100 Warrior Mom volunteers and Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification to 5 Warrior Mom volunteers from across the United States in 2015 and 2016. This basic training will form the foundation of future Warrior Mom trainings and peer-to-peer support education.

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that can help individuals across the community to understand mental illnesses, support timely intervention and save lives. The program is an 8-hour class developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health to teach participants how to help someone who is experiencing an ongoing mental health problem or crisis. Participants will learn signs of addiction and mental illness, the impact of mental and substance abuse disorders, a 5-step action plan to assess a situation and help, and local resources they can provide to women who may need further assistance. Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program. To provide this training, Postpartum Progress and the National Council together will provide scholarships to cover the training costs for Mental Health First Aid trainings for 100 women, as well as Mental Health First Aid Instructor trainings for 5 women. The instructors will then organize and teach 3 Mental Health First Aid classes each in their own communities throughout 2016, reaching another 300 maternal mental health peer supporters.

Iodine Announces Partnership to Test Antidepressant Effectiveness App

start-vertical-goalsSeptember 2015 — Iodine Inc, the digital health company, announced a partnership with Postpartum Progress Inc. to provide its community with access to Start, Iodine’s mobile health program that helps people monitor their experience with a new depression treatment. The partnership seeks to help mothers with postpartum depression find what will work best for them individually, as well as generate population-level insights around the experience of women with maternal mental illness. These learnings will be shared with the community on a regular basis so they can benefit from others’ experience as well.

For millions of people, finding the right treatment for depression is a frustrating, broken process – of the 30 million Americans taking an antidepressant, only about half find their medication effective, 60% experience side effects, and only 30% receive adequate follow-up from their physician. The situation is especially pressing for new mothers. As many as one in seven mothers will experience postpartum depression, and the experience can be particularly lonely and difficult. Without treatment, both mothers and children can suffer from long-term health problems. Start is designed to address this. The program, which is based around a free iPhone app, combines self-reported data and activity sensor data from users’ iPhones so people can assess whether an antidepressant aid is helping them feel better – as soon as possible.

“Many people dealing with depression could endure a year or more of trial and error before finding the right treatment. Start turns validated clinical tools and guidelines into an app-based program to make finding a suitable treatment a more positive, more efficient process,” said Iodine co-founder Thomas Goetz, MPH. “We think this can be especially valuable for new mothers, and we’re thrilled to work with Postpartum Progress to serve this community.”

“At Postpartum Progress we see so many women struggling with treatment,” says Katherine Stone, founder and executive director. “New moms need as much support as possible and we look forward to seeing how Start can help them learn what works and what will help them become better advocates for their health.”

“Typically, the treatment of depression can be very inefficient and messy,” says Dr. Robert Hutchins, a resident physician at the University of California, San Francisco, who helped Iodine develop the Start program and will consult on the Postpartum project. “Start can help that, allowing the patient and physician to tailor therapy more specifically to a patient’s needs, symptoms, and side effects.” Start is available free of charge and can be downloaded here. People can enroll in the postpartum project by entering referral code “PPP2015”.


First Warrior Mom Conference Held in Boston

WMC2015collage2000x2000July 2015 – Postpartum Progress convened its inaugural Warrior Mom Conference in Boston on July 11 and 12. More than 100 attendees from 21 states and 3 countries – all survivors of maternal mental health issues – heard from speakers and panelists such as Mara Acel-Green, MSW, LICSW, Peggy H. Kaufman, M.Ed., LICSW, Kate Kripke, LCSW, Divya Kumar, Sc.M., CLC, PPD, Dr. Ruta Nonacs and Dr. Lekeisha Sumner, PhD, ABPP; participated in self-care workshops; celebrated strength and recovery at the Warrior Mom Celebration Dinner; and joined in peer-to-peer support groups, led by 18 conference attendees who had been trained by the organization MotherWoman in how to facilitate such conversations. The conference was held at the St. Botolph Club.

Attendee Danielle Nelson wrote about her experience at the conference on her blog saying, “I will be processing the gifts and struggles of this weekend for quite some time.  I feel most called to speak my truth, finally.  Not just here in my tidy corner of the internet, but out loud, out there, in my life.  I need to tell my story for myself, as part of my healing, and for other women, so that they may know that there is hope, that they are Warriors, and that we are in this together.” Attendee Anne-Marie Lindsay also described how she felt to attend, writing: “I cannot adequately express how it felt to be in rooms and groups, big and small, with this tribe of women who know what it’s like to live this darkness. I have seen others say ‘I feel held,’ and that’s close. I’m not going over that cliff again, and the embrace of this community reminds me that I’m not falling back into the darkness.” A full agenda and speaker biographies can be found here.


3rd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness Surpasses Expectations

2015TeamDelawareJune 2015 – The 3rd annual Climb Out of the Darkness® was held around the world on June 21, with women and their loved ones in 43 states and 5 countries joining Postpartum Progress to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and raise funds for our nonprofit. The event nearly doubled the number of participants from the previous year, growing from 1,500 Climbers in 2014 to 2,500 Climbers in 2015. Participants also surpassed 2015’s goal of $200,000, reaching $228,000 as of July 4, 2015.  By contrast, they raised $167,000 in 2014, and $40,000 for the very first Climb, which was held in 2013. Between June 4 and July 4, the #climbout hashtag reached 3.3 million timeline deliveries on Twitter, including tweets or shares from singers Natalie Grant and Lisa Loeb, and actresses Anna Paquin, Monica Potter and Nikki DeLoach. The official video of Climb Out 2015, featuring Rachel Platten’s hit song “Fight Song,” has had more than 7,500 views. The Climb was also featured by numerous local media outlets.

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. The event is always 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.

Cotton Babies Announced As National Sponsor of 2015 Warrior Mom™ Conference
Cotton BabiesMay 2015 – Cotton Babies, the leading cloth diapering manufacturer and natural parenting retailer in the U.S., has become a national sponsor of the 2015 Warrior Mom™ Conference. The company is recognized for its best-selling bumGenius™ cloth diapers, Flip™ hybrid diaper system and Econobum budget diapering line. It was founded by mom Jennifer Labit in 2002 with the belief that cloth diapers should be a mainstream staple because they offered the benefits of cost savings, reduced environmental impact, and baby bum gentleness. The Warrior Mom Conference is the first national conference focused solely on women who have experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. It is being held in Boston on July 11 and 12 at the historic St. Botolph Club. “Our gratitude to Cotton Babies knows no bounds,” said Postpartum Progress founder Katherine Stone. “A corporation is recognizing how important maternal mental health is to women and children. By supporting our conference they are making a statement publicly that they stand by and support survivors of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This is a momentous announcement for us, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with such a respected company and much-loved brand.”
Postpartum Progress Launches Warrior Mom™ Shop
SHOP POSTPARTUM PROGRESSMay 2015 — Postpartum Progress has launched a merchandise shop, selling items featuring their trademarked Warrior Mom logo. Members of the nonprofit’s community have been asking for Warrior Mom merchandise for years, and now they can purchase adult t-shirts, t-shirts and onesies for babies and children, and more. One hundred percent of the profits from the sales of items in the shop goes to benefit the operation and programs of the 501c3 organization. Find the shop here: Warrior Mom™ Shop. It’s operated with the assistance of Clayman Promotional Group, a federally certified Women Owned Business.
New Mom Get Help Checklist Is Newest Tool Offered by Postpartum Progress


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New Mom Get Help Checklist

May 2015 — Just in time for Mother’s Day 2015, Postpartum Progress is thrilled to launch its newest tool for moms: The New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help. The checklist was created to facilitate helpful conversation between struggling mothers and the clinicians who can assist them. It allows moms to check off a wide variety of evidence-based symptoms and risk factors that may indicate the presence of perinatal mood or anxiety disorders. The tool has a fifth grade reading level, and was developed with feedback from clinical experts and more than 30 survivors of maternal mental illness. The objectives of the checklist are five-fold:

  1. Empower mothers to help themselves.
  2. Serve as a tool to facilitate conversations that can be difficult for mothers to start with their doctors and other care providers.
  3. Reinforce the variety of recognized, evidence-based symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to both mothers and clinicians.
  4. Reinforce the variety of recognized, evidence-based risk factors of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to both mothers and clinicians.
  5. Help clinicians get a clearer picture of how to best assist their patients.

The tool also helps mothers share a more comprehensive picture of what they are going through, which can be important at a time when lack of sleep and difficulty concentrating can lead them to forget key things to share at an appointment. Postpartum Progress will also be creating printed versions that are double-sided, with larger font, in tear-off pad form to share freely with advocacy organizations and clinicians for their use. These will be available for distribution in July 2015. A checklist for pregnant moms concerned they may have depression or anxiety during pregnancy is also on the way. The New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help can be downloaded for free here.

George Washington University to Partner with Postpartum Progress To Look At Postpartum OCD
April 2015 — Klarissa Garcia Orellana, an undergraduate student at George Washington University (GW), has been awarded a Luther Rice Fellowship to conduct research on postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder (postpartum OCD). Orellana will be researching the understanding and recognition of postpartum OCD among mothers, as well as how policy affects women who have the illness, including the disclosure of intrusive thoughts and its potential to lead to Child Protective Services interventions. Postpartum Progress will be assisting Orellana with her survey of mothers who have had postpartum OCD. Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowships are part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences comprehensive undergraduate initiative to promote discovery- and inquiry-based education throughout the undergraduate experience at GW. The Rice Fellowships offer support for student research carried out in collaboration with, and under the guidance of, at least one faculty mentor. Orellana’s mentor for this research will be Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le, associate professor of clinical/community psychology at GW and director of their Mothers and Babies: Mood and Health Research Program.
Postpartum Progress Releases 2014 Impact Report
March 2015 — To learn more about the work Postpartum Progress did in 2014 to raise awareness and provide peer support to moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, click here.
Postpartum Progress Nominated for 2015 Iris Award
March 2015 — Postpartum Progress and Barbara Jones, founder and CEO of One2One Network, have received an Iris Award nomination in the category of Best Video for their 2014 “I’m Back” video. The video featured pictures of survivors of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders, accompanied by the song “Back in the World” by British singer-songwriter and Grammy-nominated artist David Gray. Gray graciously allowed Postpartum Progress to use his song for its annual Climb Out of the Darkness to help symbolize that you can get back in the world and back to yourself again if you struggle from postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety or postpartum psychosis. The Iris Awards will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona in May at the Mom 2.0 Summit conference.


BabyCenter Launches PPD Survey in Partnership with Postpartum Progress
BABYCENTERNovember 2014 —  BabyCenter®, the number one pregnancy and parenting digital resource, released findings from its new postpartum depression (PPD) study. According to the study, more than 20 percent of moms are diagnosed with PPD; however, 40 percent do not seek medical help. They feel they have the strength to get over the feelings without a doctor’s help (30 percent), they don’t think the feelings are serious enough (25 percent), and they experience feelings of embarrassment (24 percent) and guilt (23 percent). “This study revealed serious findings that need to be addressed,” says Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. “Depression is dangerous for women and their babies, and untreated depression can become worse and lead to other complications. Depression affects people from all walks of life, but new moms are particularly susceptible given the stress of becoming a parent, lack of sleep, and hormonal changes. We want moms to understand that seeking help for PPD isn’t something to be embarrassed or ashamed about; in fact, it’s one of the most important things they can do for the well-being of their babies.” In response to these findings and to lend support to the cause, BabyCenter is working with Katherine Stone, the founder of Postpartum Progresswhich raises awareness, fights stigma, and provides peer support to women with maternal mental illness. Stone will blog regularly on BabyCenter to shed additional light on PPD and remind new and expecting moms that there is no shame in feelings of anxiety or depression. “The biggest thing for women to know about PPD is that it’s not one-size-fits-all,” says Stone. “Some women experience multiple symptoms, while others may only experience one. If you have any feelings indicating something may be amiss, seek help.” BabyCenter® is the voice of the 21st Century Mom® and modern motherhood. It’s the number one pregnancy and parenting digital destination worldwide, reaching more than 40 million moms monthly in 11 languages across 14 owned and operated properties from Australia to India to China. In the United States, 7 in 10 babies born last year were BabyCenter babies. BabyCenter is the world’s partner in parenting, providing moms everywhere with trusted advice from hundreds of experts around the globe, friendship with other moms like them, and support that’s remarkably right at every stage of their child’s development. BabyCenter also works with some of the world’s most prominent brands and institutions to provide life-stage marketing solutions and a direct line to highly engaged moms. BabyCenter established a Global Giving Program and partners with esteemed organizations to help make motherhood safer for all women. BabyCenter is a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.
15 Influential Patient Advocates to Follow
November 2014 — HIT Consultant, an award winning healthcare technology-focused digital media platform, has named Postpartum Progress founder Katherine Stone to its list of 15 Influential E-Patients and Patient Advocates to Follow.
Postpartum Progress Receives Its First Grant
Concept of supportOctober 2014 — Postpartum Progress Inc. was awarded its first-ever foundation grant from the Fuserna Foundation. The grant will be used for core operational costs and to help Postpartum Progress sustain its basic operations. The Fuserna Foundation General Charitable Trust (UK) was established on 29 November 2004 and is regulated by the Charity Commission in England and Wales with effect from 2 February 2005. In 2009, The Fuserna Foundation, a private foundation based in Los Angeles, began its mission to partner with charitable organizations in the US. Both organizations work in tandem to achieve the charitable objectives set by Fuserna’s founder Ariadne Getty. Ariadne is a lifelong philanthropist whose sense of integrity and compassion help to guide Fuserna’s beliefs and practices. We are thrilled and so grateful to the Fuserna Foundation for giving us this opportunity and support. Photo credit: © ChenPG –
Results of First Impact Survey Released By Postpartum Progress
Impact concept.September 2014 — Postpartum Progress’ first national consumer survey demonstrates the positive impact its programs have on mothers with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Postpartum Progress is a nonprofit organization that provides consumer education and support for moms struggling with maternal mental illness. The organization has three key focus areas: raising awareness, fighting stigma and providing peer support. The survey revealed high satisfaction among users of Postpartum Progress’ resources: 1) Raising awareness of maternal mental health: 95% of respondents reported that Postpartum Progress helped them learn more about mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period; 79% of respondents reported Postpartum Progress helped them recognize they were suffering from a maternal mental illness. 2) Connecting moms to professional help and facilitating communication with healthcare providers: 79% reported learning from Postpartum Progress about treatments that could potentially help them; 75% reported Postpartum Progress increased their willingness to seek professional help for their maternal mental illness; and 53% said they talked to their healthcare provider about something they learned from Postpartum Progress. 3) Providing effective peer support to moms: 97% of participants felt less alone in their experience thanks to Postpartum Progress; 66% reported Postpartum Progress helped them connect to other mothers going through these illnesses that they could talk to; and 99% said they would refer friends and family members to Postpartum Progress. 4) Reducing stigma and giving moms a voice: 86% reported that Postpartum Progress led them to share their story of maternal mental illness more openly with others In August 2014, 531 people on a mailing list as well as followers of Postpartum Progress’ Facebook page and users of its SmartPatients forum were asked to complete the impact survey, which was provided via internet link. The survey was closed after one week, with 344 completed responses. Nearly 75% of respondents were more than one year postpartum, and most indicated they had had at least 50 interactions with Postpartum Progress. Those interactions could include reading Postpartum Progress’ blog, following the organization’s Facebook page, participating in its private forum or being part of the Climb Out of the Darkness event. The survey’s final report was prepared by Postpartum Progress finance chairperson Danelle Jarvis, who has a BBA in Actuarial Science and an MBA. To review the full report, click here: 2014 Postpartum Progress Impact Survey Report Photo credit: © creative soul –
Postpartum Progress To Be Beneficiary of New Anthology By The HerStories Project
postpartum depression booksSeptember 2014 — The HerStories Project has announced that its third published book will be an anthology of essays submitted by mothers about their experiences with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggles is aimed at breaking the silence and shame of maternal mental illness. The HerStories Project has already published the books The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain & Power of Female Friendship and My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing & Leaving Friends (to be released September 15th, 2014). Ten percent of the profits from sales of Mothering Through the Darkness will be donated to Postpartum Progress. Essays will be selected for inclusion in the anthology by a panel of writers including Lisa Belkin, three-time published author and senior national correspondent for Yahoo News, Katrina Alcorn, author of Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink, and Julia Fierro, founder of the Sackett Street Writers Workshop and author of Cutting Teeth, an Book of the Week.
BuzzFeed Features Postpartum Progress
BuzzfeedAugust 2014 — BuzzFeed, one of the leading social news and entertainment sites with more than 150 million monthly unique visitors,featured the Postpartum Progress blog’s story on how you can’t always tell a mom is suffering from a maternal mental illness by looking at her. The story trended for a period on BuzzFeed and received more than 275,000 pageviews in the US and was also translated into Spanish and French for global audiences.
Postpartum Progress Celebrates 2nd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness
COTD2014collageJune 2014 — Our 2nd annual Climb Out of the Darkness event blew away expectations, with more than 1,500 participants on 115 teams and 100+ private family Climbs in 43 states and 8 countries. This year Warrior Moms raised more than $166,000 to support the programs of Postpartum Progress, more than tripling what they raised in 2013. Stories on the Climb and the experience of mothers with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders were featured in such media outlets as CNN, the New York Times, ONE, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Baltimore Sun and many more. Congratulations Climbers!!
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Features Postpartum Progress During National Women's Health Week
May 2014 — The National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition blog featured our founder writing about the need for better care of maternal mental health as part of its recognition of National Women’s Health Week 2014.
Postpartum Progress Wins 2014 Iris Award
10174944_10102653049863658_5269444220998550035_nMay 2014 – Katherine Stone, founder of Postpartum Progress, won the Iris Award in the category of Industry Influence – Philanthropic Work.  The Iris Award is given for excellence and quality in parenting blogging and social media. Fellow nominees included the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life, the ONE #ONEMoms campaign, Every Mother Counts, Make A Wish Foundation’s #batkid and Movember. The Iris Awards are a program of the Mom 2.0 Summit, the premier professional conference for influential mom bloggers and female entrepreneurs who create online content. Photo credit: Michael Cummings/Mom 2.0 Summit


Postpartum Progress Partners with Smart Patients to Launch Private Forum
Smart Patients logoNovember 2013 —   Postpartum Progress launched a new private forum for moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The project was created in partnership with the company Smart Patients, an online community for patients and caregivers affected by a variety of illnesses. Smart Patients was co-founded by Roni Zeiger, former chief health strategist of Google. The private online peer support of the Smart Patients Warrior Mom community will complement the programs of PPI to provide information and comfort to pregnant and new mothers suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis and depression and anxiety during pregnancy. Smart Patients was designed to extend the reach of PPI’s resources to a forum where women can learn from each other about recovery, treatments, the latest science, and how it all fits into the context of their experience in a private space where they can feel comfortable sharing openly.
Postpartum Progress Raises $40k With First Climb Out of the Darkness
July 2013 — Postpartum Progress held its first international fundraising and awareness event, called Climb Out of the Darkness, this month. Nearly 200 survivors of postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders climbed mountains or hiked in forests or walked along beaches to symbolize their climb out of the darkness and despair of their illnesses into the light of recovery. The events were held around the world in 40 states and seven countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, England, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Cyprus. Each survivor also raised funds in support of their “Climb” on the fundraising platform Crowdrise. In a mere 4-week period they raised more than $40,000, 140% of the original goal, to help increase awareness of PPD and allow Postpartum Progress to create materials for physicians’ offices that will offer support to newly diagnosed moms. Way to go Warrior Moms!!!
Postpartum Progress Launches PPD Bill of Rights
August 2013 —  Postpartum Progress (, a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness of postpartum depression (PPD), is launching the first Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights for pregnant and new mothers. Given the lack of consistency in screening, limited healthcare provider education and persistent stigma, it is important for pregnant and new mothers to be aware of their rights in terms of how they should be treated and helped for PPD, the most common complication of childbirth. One in seven mothers in the US struggle with postpartum depression each year, yet only 15% ever receive professional help.  Postpartum Progress believes that every new mother should have the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of mental health, regardless of geographic location, marital status, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. To that end, the PPD & Maternal Mental Health Bill of Rights states that every new mother should have: 1. The right to be heard fully about her perinatal mental health without dismissal, stigma or downplay of her concerns or symptoms. She has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. 2. The right to be screened for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression by trained healthcare providers using an evidence-based screening tool delivered with compassion and professionalism. She should be informed of the purpose of the screening, what the results of her screen are and how those results will be used to help her. 3. The right to be treated by healthcare providers who give her accurate information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including:

  • Her risk factors
  • The wide variety of symptoms women may experience
  • The difference between normal new mom stress and postpartum depression
  • The difference between postpartum psychosis and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • The fact that symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy or within the first year postpartum, and may last beyond the first year without treatment
  • The fact that she can continue to breastfeed (if she chooses) while being treated for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • The long-term impact on both her and her child of untreated perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

4. The right to be informed of the variety of evidence-based treatment options for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like PPD, postpartum anxiety/OCD, postpartum psychosis and antenatal depression. Her healthcare provider should discuss what she may experience with treatment, including potential side effects, how long it may take for treatments to fully take effect and how to reach him or her if there are problems. She has the right to know her treatment options and take part in decisions about her care. She has the right to ask about the pros and cons of any treatment. 5. The right to seek a second opinion, or to ask for a referral to a mental health specialist. 6. The right to be supported by those around her with respect and dignity as she recovers from this serious illness. “We know that these rights do not reflect the current experience many women are having in places across the U.S. and around the world,” said Katherine Stone, founder of Postpartum Progress. “While we have made progress, there is still much to do to ensure women with postpartum depression and other maternal mental illnesses are identified and quickly and effectively treated so they can be the moms they want to be. This Bill of Rights is our stake in the ground. This is what women expect and this is what women deserve, and this is what we are working toward.”

Postpartum Progress Speaks Out To Correct Media Misinformation About PPD
March 2013 — See our founder, Katherine Stone, in her appearances on HLN TV, Huffington Post Live and HuffPost Parents this month talking about misconceptions about postpartum depression.