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Having a baby can be the most miraculous event of your life. But what happens when that miracle is followed by depression and anxiety? For millions of women, postpartum depression (PPD) is a reality. As many as one in seven women experience depression after having a child, according to the American Psychological Association. It can cause serious symptoms, including the inability to fully care for yourself or your new child.
When in the depths of PPD, and even after, finding support from other moms who have been through a similar struggle can make a world of difference.
Ivy’s PPD Blog
Ivy struggled with postpartum depression for months after the birth of her daughter in 2004. She dealt with misconceptions and even a lack of support from her doctor. Her blog is a place for her to advocate for postpartum mental health awareness. She also blogs about infertility, after her own struggles with being unable to conceive. Lately, she’s discussed the current political climate and what it means for women, mothers, and mental health.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society’s Blog
The Pacific Post Partum Support Society (PPPSS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1971. Their blog is a great place to find notes on self-care and the stressors of motherhood. Written in the voice of a supportive older sister, the words would be a comfort to any mother, but especially those experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety.
One of the few blogs of its kind, Postpartum Men by Dr. Will Courtenay is all about how depression affects new dads. According to the blog, more than 1,000 new dads become depressed every day in the U.S. Men dealing with paternal postnatal depression will find reassurance and resources here, including a test on how to assess whether you have it, and an online forum to connect with others.
Postpartum Support International maintains a blog to support pregnant women and new mothers coping with the effects of mental distress, including PPD. Here, you’ll find posts on the mechanics of dealing with PPD, as well as updates on the organization’s community outreach efforts. There are opportunities to volunteer and even to learn how to help new moms and dads yourself. This organization is a wealth of resources, and their blog is the perfect place to find out all the ways in which they can help.
PPD Moms is a resource for mothers experiencing mental health symptoms following the birth of a child. Postpartum depression is the main topic here, but the site offers help to all, including a number to call when you need support right away. We like that the site explains the basics, including symptoms, treatment, and even a quiz.
Postpartum Health Alliance’s Blog
The Postpartum Health Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women post-pregnancy in all of their mental health matters. The group focuses on mood disorders, depression, and anxiety in the months and years following the birth of a child. Their blog is an excellent resource for mothers in the throes of PPD and the family members who love them. If you’re a San Diegan, you’ll find great local events listed here, but you don’t have to be local to enjoy the site — there are plenty of articles and podcasts helpful to moms from all over.
Rooted Mama Health
Suzi is a mom and wife who struggles with anxiety and depression. Rooted Mama Health is not only a great place to learn about health and body positive topics, but to find support for postpartum depression. She recently announced partnering with Postpartum Support International to host a charity walk for postpartum mental health awareness. What we love about the blog is Suzi’s willingness to be unabashedly honest about her struggles.
The Postpartum Stress Center
What do mental health professionals and people experiencing postpartum depression have in common? It’s in both of their best interests to know about the latest advancements in the treatment and care of PPD. The Postpartum Stress Center website features sections for both groups, and posts that are useful for all. We found some very useful basic PPD information under “Get Help” — a great place for first-time visitors to start.
All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something
Kimberly is a mother and mental health advocate. She suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her son, and was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This is where she shares great resources for other women going through PPD. She’s a nurse and a writer, and her knack for the written word is apparent in posts such as “Swinging,” where she revisits a swing set that used to sit in her backyard, along with all the other items that take her back to the dark days of PPD.
Julie Seeney started this blog in 2015, after struggling with postpartum depression. She came out of the struggle with a desire to help other moms who found themselves in similar situations. Now the blog is filled with posts offering optimism and advice. We like that so many of her posts are action-oriented, like one on self-care tips and another on how to get over the guilt of being a working mother.