The Tough Conversation

Talking about PPD is hard.
Especially if it’s your PPD.
And it saves lives.
This video is here to help.

This conversation ranks right up there with The Birds and the Bees talk; you can’t hardly wait…
I made this short video so you will have something to show your husband, your in-laws, your boss, or anybody you want to be honest with. So now instead of trying to find “just the right words” or worrying about whether you make sense at all, you can avoid the awkwardness and just click play.

You might have seen this video on several other corners of this site. Did you watch it already?
Mothers who watch this report relief. Some because they see themselves reflected in it, others because it made a tough conversation go better than they expected. I’m so grateful that mamas find this helpful, and want to make sure you find it and watch it.  It was really scary to make this presentation in front of  strangers and cameras, so it better be good! Read more about this “Ignite” event.

If you are just beginning to talk about your PPD, a good place to start might be the PPD SpeakEasy monthly support chat.

To celebrate my 40th birthday (which is also the first anniversary of this website), there will be three (3!) SpeakEasy calls in September.
Mark your calendar: in addition to the usual 2nd Tuesday evening call (Sept.13 at 8:30 pm) we will have extra chats on Sunday September 18 at 2:00pm, and Tuesday September 27 at noon (all times are Eastern). The intention is to cater to the needs of mothers with varying lifestyles and time-zones. So if you’ve been wanting to call in, hopefully these added dates and times will help this happen. I can’t wait to hear your voice, 
I hope you can join the conversation. This page contains the how and what of the phone chat.




12 Responses to The Tough Conversation
  1. Cathy Daub
    April 7, 2015 | 6:56 pm

    Hi Yael,
    I received your name from Sally Dear-Healey. Perhaps you have heard about BirthWorks International? We have certification programs for childbirth educators and doulas. We also issue a quarterly newsletter. The theme of our next issue is postpartum depression which is why Sally recommended you to me. I am looking for a feature article and am wondering if you would like to write one for the upcoming newsletter. I would need it by April 20. Please let me know if you are interested in writing it. Our newsletter is viral and free with about 3500 subscribers. You can email me at the above address or call me on my cell at 714-326-6067. I look forward to hearing from you. Cathy

  2. […] get an instant community of mamas who get it.  You are not alone.  Even when you feel like the only “freak” in town (because people don’t usually talk about this sort of thing), you are not alone.  Every day, […]

  3. Sarah A
    October 19, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    Thank you so much for all you are doing to spread the word about PPD support.
    I am expecting baby number three and am over the moon with excitement. BUT—I am
    terrified that I will experience PPD again. I had a horrific bout with PPD with my
    second baby (soon to be three) and am trying to stay positive. I do not want to go
    through that hell again. Hopefully I will be joinging the PPD speak easy next month.
    The baby is due in less than four weeks!
    Again, THANK YOU!!!!!

    • Yael
      October 22, 2011 | 5:01 pm

      I can’t wait to hear your voice on next month’s call. You are doing the right thing, connecting now, before the baby arrives. I’m sending hugs for the hard of the last time, I hope hell will stay away this time, but if you struggle again, we will be here to help.

  4. […] get an instant community of mamas who get it.  You are not alone.  Even when you feel like the only “freak” in town (because people don’t usually talk about this sort of thing), you are not alone.  Every day, […]

  5. Sarah
    September 14, 2011 | 9:03 am

    One reason I like this video for sharing is that it’s not as heavy as the PSI contract sheets or some of the other PPD handouts I have. This means I was able to watch it with my kids (FAst forwarded the suicide part bc I don’t have kid words for that). It also felt very uplifting and remind me that there are many ways I can live while overcoming these illnesses. Left me very hopeful. TY

    • Yael
      September 18, 2011 | 1:52 pm

      I’m so very glad you found this uplifting. I try to make sure in include something light with all the heavy talk. I’m thrilled that this hit the spot. make that hugged the spot.
      I’m so glad you could join the last speakeasy. I hope to hear your voice again soon.

  6. Katie
    September 13, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    I just saw your video and felt I had to comment on what an amazing woman you are! You are very inspirational and tell it just how it is but so warm and gently. Thank you!

  7. mammacockatoo
    September 9, 2011 | 9:07 am

    Thank you Yael. Yes I had seen this one already, but I’m glad I watched it again. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, and yourself, with others. With us.
    mammacockatoo recently posted..Getting back up

  8. Emily
    September 7, 2011 | 11:31 pm

    Wow. I wish I had this video to show my boss when I had to explain my hospitalization a couple of months ago. Hell, my husband could still probably benefit from seeing this. Thanks.
    Emily recently posted..It got weird, didn’t it?

  9. Jenny
    September 7, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    Yael, thank you so much. I am going to share this with my loved ones that know about my struggle. I have been journaling about my struggle with the PPdemons, and I just feel like I have so much to reflect on that I couldn’t possibly sum it up as well as you do in the video. Thanks again!

  10. Aubrey Anne
    September 7, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    Wow. I just cried watching this video. This is perfectly simple and honest. Thank you so much for making this and sharing it. I’ll be blogging about this.

Leave a Reply

Wanting to leave an <em>phasis on your comment?

CommentLuv badge

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

Trackback URL