Do you know that more babies are born today, October 5 than any other day of the year? I didn’t know this until Katherine Stone told me. Katherine, the warrior mom behind Postpartum Progress. The blog and the non-profit: Stronger families, one mom at a time.
Last week I had the privilege of having my words published on Katherine Stone’s Postpartum Progress. My guest post is called From Suicide to Joy: A tale of three mothers and three birthdays. I am truly grateful to Katherine for sharing my words with her readers.
Katherine is my hero. A true game-changer, she has been reshaping the cultural conversation about postpartum and antenatal mood disorders for years. Her work inspires me and thousands of women all over the world, and to day, she is asking for our help. Her blog serves as a light in the darkness for thousands of mothers. And I am truly excited about the media campaigns that she is working on.
Please please please consider donating to Postpartum Progress. This organization saves lives.
In Katherine’s words:
Postpartum Progress needs your help.
I write today because I’m personally asking you to support the work of Postpartum Progress. I know you have trudged the dark and lonely road of postpartum depression, either as a sufferer, a family member or someone who cares for new mothers.
I must tell you that nothing makes me more anxious or, quite frankly, sick to my stomach, as asking for donations. Well, one thing makes me sicker: the fact that today only15% of all women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders ever receive professional treatment. This means that each year hundreds of thousands more women and their children may suffer from the negative effects of untreated PPD and related illnesses for the rest of their lives.
Postpartum Progress will change that with your help. We are developing a compelling national awareness campaign for postpartum depression, as well as new and improved patient education materials (the kind new moms won’t throw away!), and new uses of technology to reach suffering moms no matter where they are.
On October 5th, the day when more children are born each year than any other day, I am asking you to do one of three things:
1) Make a donation to Postpartum Progress. Any amount is welcome.
2) Ask at least 2 other people who love you and know what you went through – people who’ve come to know that postpartum depression is real and that all women deserve to have access to the best information and help – to make a donation today in your name.
3) Refer us to contacts at organizations that can help us with our work.
If you are financially unable to donate, send us your prayers or moral support so that we may find the right people to help us make major change.
Every single person who donates this week will be honored on our website (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). We are a 501c3, so your donation is tax-deductible.
Today’s the day. Please help us build stronger families, one mom at a time.