How Moms & Professionals Feel About Our Work

Postpartum Progress was a very bright light in a time of darkness for me. I live in a rural area where the stigma attached to postpartum depression keeps anyone from talking about it. Postpartum Progress helped me to realize that, not only did I have an illness, but that it was perfectly okay to talk to someone about it and to get help. I can’t thank you all enough for pulling me through my dark time. I don’t know if I would have made it alone.

This organization literally saved me from feeling so alone in my depression that I didn’t want to fight anymore. Without the resources and interaction I’ve had with other mothers living through the same illness, I wouldn’t be as far along in my recovery as I am, if any at all.

My health insurance kicks in one week from today, and I will definitely be discussing PPProgress with my new doctor! I will never forget when my daughter was 3-4 months old and we were in the middle of unbearable Philadelphia heat — I was too depressed to leave the house. And when she fell asleep at night, I would read the PPProgress blog like it was my life line. That was over a year ago, and this year (to mark a one-year anniversary, of sorts!) I participated in Climb Out of the Darkness! I feel so much more like myself, and it is thanks to the Warrior Moms of this group that I clung to the belief that the black depression wouldn’t last forever. Now I want to carry the torch for other mamas in the darkness. I cannot thank you enough for what you give to new mothers!!

I knew I had problems postpartum but every person I talked to made me feel guilty about it, including the OBs and my primary care physician.  If I hadn’t found Postpartum Progress I would be a different person. I would’ve missed out on all of the magic of my daughter’s first year of life.  I firmly believe Postpartum Progress saved me and helped me become the mom I was supposed to be.  I recommend Postpartum Progress to almost every mom I talk to.

Thank you for everything you do, you have made such a positive impact in my life and given me the courage to keep fighting.  Thank you, with all my heart.

The work that you are doing is SO IMPORTANT. PLEASE keep at it – you are SAVING lives.

Postpartum Progress has been crucial to my recovery and continued wellness.  I can remember the exact moment I stumbled across the website a little over a year ago and how far I have come.  I’ve realized that I’m not alone in this and it has given me the courage to talk openly so that others don’t have to suffer in silence.  Thank you for all that you do, I mean that from the bottom of my heart with tears of joy in my eyes.

Postpartum progress was the first place I felt not alone during my illness. It is often the only place I still find comfort.

Postpartum Progress has been my #1 resource for recovery.  I cannot say thank you enough for the evidence-based medical information you provide and the positive atmosphere of support in all your blog posts and social media.

I cannot express how very thankful I am for finding this amazing organization. This truly was the hardest thing I ever had to deal with in my life, and thanks to Postpartum Progress it made it easier for me. Knowing that other mothers went through the same thing as me, felt the same way as me, and recovered really helped in my recovery

There are no words for how incredible I think Postpartum Progress is. In England we don’t have anywhere near as much info about postnatal depression and stumbling across your site one day was one of the things that got me through this terrible ordeal. The articles and supportive emails from Katherine were life-savers and I’ve lost count of how many times during my darkest hours I sat and just read the Pinterest page just to help me hold on to my faith. It has also led me to other blogs, FB pages and a whole community of ladies from around the world whose support has been so valuable to me. THANK YOU.

I’m a NICU nurse who had PPD and some mix of OCD / psychosis with my first son 25 years ago.  I am thrilled to have Postpartum Progress to refer our moms to and I mention it EVERY time a mom shows signs of PPD.   As a nurse, in my hospital we are allowed to do very little in terms of questioning moms about PPD and referring them to resources (admin is afraid of nurses violating the nurse practice act and stepping outside their scope of practice).  I refer them here and know they will find the information and support they need.

“When I was going through postpartum OCD, I had no idea where to start, how to understand it, how to talk about it, how to find a therapist – nothing in my life had prepared me for what was happening to me.  Then I found your site.  Although I didn’t actively engage in the dialogue, I was a silent reader who desperately needed so much help.  Thank you for putting it, your life, your story, other women’s stories and credible information out there.  You gave me hope that I would make it through … and the good news is, I did … You were a big part of that.  Thank you.  I am extremely grateful.” C.S.

“It has been two years… two years since the claws of postpartum anxiety/OCD held me captive.  You helped me repair the scars and regain my spirit.  Thank you… thank you for being such a GREAT resource for mom’s suffering from perinatal mood disorders! Being a RN in the OB department has allowed me to share my story with many moms.  I always refer them to your website for additional support.  You truly are AMAZING!!! Thank you… from the bottom of my heart…not only from me…but from my husband and children…” K.P.

“I know it was a blessing from God that I stumbled upon your blog.  In May 2010 I had my second baby, and in July 2010 I wanted to end my life.  I have never been in a deep dark place and had no hope of ever getting out of it.  I was in so much pain and was detached from who I really was … I laid on my couch in misery and googled ‘postpartum depression and hospitalization’.  I read your article about hospitalization and I knew that was what I needed.  I held you in my mind and was honest with my doctor.  She recommended in-patient treatment … You have given me the strength to pull all of my pride to the side and step out to become a stronger mom.” J.P.

“I was referred to Postpartum Progress about 4 days ago.  I have spent every ‘free’ moment since then looking through your archives, following links, and crying.  No, sobbing.  I swear I have read things that I haven’t even said out loud to myself in the shower.  Thank you for having this blog and being honest … I am one of those unlucky people who have no insurance, so I’m waiting the 2 weeks for a group meeting to come up so I can go and sit.  I still can’t admit what’s in my head out loud to anyone, but I think it will be good to hear other people.  Until then I have your blog.  I find your words encouraging and heart wrenching.  Thank you for writing them.” M.H.

“I am 4 weeks out of the psych unit after having a major episode of Postpartum Psychosis.  I was confused and feeling like I had done something horrible until a wonderful psych tech printed out and brought me a copy of your “The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)” post.  I just about kissed her I was so relieved to have something in my hand that I read over and over during my two week stay there.  I thank you for spelling out exactly what I was feeling and doing.  It made me focus and work hard to get well so I could return home and be a healed mama.” A.T.

“I have found Postpartum Progress to be a great resource and a great way to receive support.  Your entry on the art of medication gave me the confidence to get on the phone and schedule another doctor visit a few weeks ago.  I had reached the point where I figured I was at a dead end – you helped me see I just needed to turn the corner and take the next step.  I think I’ll start including the site address on all the new baby gifts I give.” M.G.

“I use your website, your words and your hard work to help the mothers with whom I come in contact.  They may never be able to tell you how much they appreciate it, so I wanted to take the time.” S.M. (community outreach coordinator, child abuse prevention program)

“Just wanted to say how brilliant your work is. Often refer mums to it, great advice and clear, honest info – thank you! Find your info SO useful for our own professional knowledge and to share with parents – keep up the great work!” ~ U.K. Midwives organization

I’m a child care / early education provider and we have recently experienced the devastating effects of PPD first hand. PPD is just as frightening and painful  for caregivers to witness as it is for parents to endure. All we can do is offer support and direct them to resources that they can turn to for help … It breaks my heart to see families burdened with this but the sooner they can move away from feeling helpless and reach out and get help, they will thrive and move forward as a family. Thanks again for providing a much-appreciated and needed resource for families in need and the professionals who work with them.” S.S.

“You made a difference in my life.  Even now about 4 months from starting to feel good (after therapy and medication) I still almost daily visit your site as well as others.  I think it is a great thing that you are doing!  I cannot begin to thank you for your dedication to this cause.  It is wonderful and you are making a difference…..I’m living proof!” K.T.

“I am in tears looking at the pictures of the PPD survivors.  It is so encouraging!  Thank you also for such an informative resource.  I feel too often women suffer longer than they have to because they are unable to find appropriate treatment.” M.G.

“I wrote to you several times during my experience with PPD and you were a huge support to me.  It has been so much work to get better and has taken a lot more time than I thought.  I really believe I will be stronger for it and that I will be able to help others I the future.  You have been instrumental in helping me to see that this can happen to very normal women and that it wasn’t my fault.” K.M.

“My husband and I both love your blog.  It’s helped us to realize that there’s hope, even in the darkest of days.  I can’t tell you how much that means to us.”

P.M.B.

“I am happy to report that I am doing so well now!  I do not consider myself to be 100% recovered, but I am well on my way.  I want to make sure that you know that it is because of YOU that I am where I am now.  I am not missing out on the joy of my newborn like so many other women with postpartum depression do.  Because of you I sought treatment as soon as I was sure that I was not feeling right.  I could say thank you a thousand times over and it would never be enough.”

S.C.

“I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to educate, and most of all for bringing hope to women struggling like me.  At times like this when I feel as though I can’t take another second, I remember that other women have made it through to the other side.  I hang onto that thought tooth and nail.  It gives me strength to push through.”

K.M.

“I have suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety in silence for almost a year, but your website and information gave me the confidence and encouragement to talk to my husband and doctor about what has been going on. I have just started antidepressants and am holding onto the hope that you have given me. Again I can never thank you enough and just wanted to let you know what an impact you guys have made for me!” J.

“I was hospitalized twice last year with postpartum psychosis.  I was unable to put my experience into words.  I’ve shared your article with my husband, family and friends.  It feels so good to finally express my experience in words that people can understand … Thank you so much.” A.B.

“Reading the blog posts today on your website was a tremendous wake-up call for me.  I (coincidentally) have my yearly exam with my (new) OB tomorrow, and I plan to bring up my feelings of postpartum depression with her … Postpartum Progress provided me with the assurance that I needed to understand that I am not alone in what I am feeling.  Most importantly, I was given the impetus to start truly addressing and treating my postpartum depression.  I hope that in this case, some things are better done late than never …” C.D.

“Reading all of this gives my heart an extra ounce of peace and allows my mind to grip the notion that maybe I am really ‘normal’ with all the quirks and challenges of my postpartum life. THANK YOU. These two words can’t even begin to express my gratitude for what you do with this website.” N.R.

“After reading the symptoms I feel a bit more reassured. I have followed a link to find mothers in my area who have had the same experience. So I would like to thank you so much. This has given me some hope back. Hopefully will be in touch fully recovered to thank you, the sooner the better!” F.

“After finding the Postpartum Progress site and reading all of these amazing stories, I have finally felt like there are other people who get it! You are the reason I ended up finally getting the help I needed.” A.B.

“Your blog has become my home page to help me stay current for both my private practice and for our support groups … I appreciate your dedication.” M.C. (social worker)

“I am a doula, mom to 8, and most importantly a Warrior Mom!  I had PPD with borderline psychosis after my third and fifth babies.   I am a co-facilitator of a support Group called ‘Out of the Blue’.  I find your website inspirational, informational and incomparable.  Thank you for your important work!” M.W.

“I am a 31 year old mum of two from Ireland.  I have been on your website almost every day over the last number of weeks reading the various articles and have found them of comfort to me.” A.M.

“You saved my life 5 years ago when I had my first daughter … it has been a journey getting to the point of being okay enough to have another and I’m on my way to having another daughter. Postpartum Progress will always have a special place in my heart.” C.H.

“Thank you for being brave enough to stand up and shine a light on postpartum mental health disorders and be a beacon to all other mom’s who are suffering, offering them hope and solace in a time of need. I, we, all appreciate you more than you will ever know.” L.S.

“I thought you might like to know you have reached out and touched someone as far away as Zimbabwe.” L.S.

“I want to thank you for being a resource for women, families and communities across the world. I often share this website with others to help them understand this issue. Having personally experienced postpartum depression and anxiety, it was reassuring to know that others have experienced similar feelings of confusion, anger, isolation, etc. This is a very real issue.” R.T.

“I competed in my first ever triathlon this past weekend.  I kicked butt!  It was such a physical victory, but more, it was such a f*** you to PPD.  I am strong again. I will never stop fighting for more help, more publicity, more support for other moms.  I am still on the crusade. It is soooo not enough, but thank you.  From the bottom of my healing, healthier heart, thank you for giving me hope.” L.C.

“When the medical community failed me you were there. With all your stories, knowledge & information that gave me the tools to start to dig out. I know I’m not the only one; thank you for everything you’ve done, the example you’ve been.” K.V.

“I’ve been looking and looking at all the most “reliable” sites about PPD and can’t seem to find any answers. Yours feels like I just might have found what I needed to read to take the next step; professional help that is experienced in treating PPD.” A.D.

“When I felt alone or at a lowest point I could always turn to you and know I was not fighting alone and there are other women out there who understand. You helped me realize I am not a monster and it is OK to get the help I need to be a better mother for my son. I just want to say a huge THANK YOU — you have been a life saver for me. I am not 100% yet but as I lay here tonight listening to my son’s steady breathing I feel confident in my abilities and I look forward to waking up to him tomorrow, which is huge. I owe so much of that to Postpartum Progress. From the bottom of my heart thank you so much!” K.D.

“I’m a mother of two boys who I love dearly. I will be going to the hospital tomorrow morning. Your site gave me the guts to call the psych ward.  I have been having hallucinations for two years and everywhere I turn people don’t want to talk about it. I can’t keep going like this but hopefully by the time you read this I will have gotten help. Thank you.” C.M.

This did so much good to my soul today! Just hearing that it’s ok to feel like I’m back at square one, but that I’m really not, and that it’s normal and still progress was very encouraging! Thanks! Also, thank you for this site, not many websites talk about depression as in depth as you do, all they do is list symptoms and refer you to ‘specialists’. Which is all good, but sometimes we need the support or extra info you provide. So, thank you, again! Marilyn T

This website is an absolute godsend to me, I was having intrusive thoughts for a few weeks before I actually looked it up online and found this site. I was too afraid to tell my doctor in case they took my baby away, even though I know I would/could ever hurt her. I still get awful anxiety when I am alone with her due to these ‘what if’ thoughts that play out in my mind. I have a counsellor and I started taking medication a few weeks ago but I know that if it wasn’t for people like you that are sharing information and personal experiences my suffering would have been a lot worse. One day at a time and slowly starting to feel better. Thanks again. Gemma

I stumbled upon your wonderful website again tonight for the first time in easily over six years. I had Postpartum Anxiety after delivering both my children, now 9 and 6. Nine years ago, information about PPD felt scarce-thank God for Brooke Shield’s book and her appearance on Oprah! Nine years ago, information about PPA was practically nonexistent. I resisted seeking treatment because I didn’t feel depressed, I felt ANXIOUS. When I found your site after my second child, I felt like I had found a safe place to fall. When I browse around the website tonight, with all the new programs, links, projects, etc, I feel so hopeful for the women you’re helping and so very, very grateful to you. God bless you!

Jennifer D.

Whenever anyone asks me how I entered recovery, I make sure that I tell them that with out THIS FORUM [Postpartum Progress’ Private Forum], I never would have survived. The peer support and validation and understanding from other mothers is what got me through what can only be described as the darkest time of my life. Thank you so much for everything you do. J.P.

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