Story Spotlight

Story Spotlight

Becky’s Story and Overcoming Postpartum Depression

Overcoming Postpartum Depression – Becky’s Story I am no stranger to anxiety and depression. SSRIs and anti-anxiety medications have been a part of my diet since my mid twenties and honestly should have probably been snuck into my baby bottle. When getting pregnant with my son I weaned myself off of the medication because I […]

Karen’s Story with Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

Karen's Story Karen with her first son, depressed but still smiling! My first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at ten weeks and left me feeling gutted and broken. I loved and wanted that baby. I didn’t know how to grieve a child that I never got to hold. I blamed myself, and I couldn’t bear having [...]

Kate’s Story with Postpartum Depression

Kate's Story Postpartum depression honestly feels like a lifetime ago. At the same time, the postpartum depression is present in my every day life. Little reminders of the darker days still exist all around me - the sign on the highway, the bracelet I wear every day, the resentment that resurfaces at times, the immense [...]

Nicole’s Story

Nicole's Story I am a Mama of a 2 year old boy named Dylan. But also wear many other hats. Just to name a few, I am a wife, corporate project manager, Reiki Master, PSI NJ Membership Chair, Climb Leader, and a Multi-Modality Practitioner in training. Most importantly, I am a survivor. Without that title, [...]

Rachel’s Story

My PPD story begins in 2011 after the birth of my first baby. At 41 weeks pregnant and under the care of a doctor who was not patient or helpful in discussing my options, I was induced. I had no communication as to why (except per the weeks) and all my intuitions screamed that he […]

Meg’s Story

Becoming a mom is a funny thing. You go to bed one night, belly full of baby, and end the following day with your arms full instead and your heart full of love. At least, that’s what happened to me. I’ve spent my entire life dreaming about becoming a mom. What I’d be like, what […]

Monica’s Story

Most of my life, I have dealt with depression and anxiety.  When I had my first daughter, Adriana, I had the “baby blues.”  Two years later, I had a C-section, to deliver my twins, Brynley and Cayden.  Both perfectly healthy, but I needed an emergency hysterectomy, to stop the bleeding.  That night, I was brought […]

Sandra’s Story

   Postpartum depression and anxiety… Wowza! Hands down the hardest most painful journey my family and I have ever gone through. And….I had everything I ever wanted. It was the craziest most debilitating sadness and fear I’ve ever felt. I had thought about sharing what I went through several times and chickened out!  I was […]

Sarah’s Story

I’m not new to depression. I went through about five years of it from 2007 on and each year it got worse and worse until I finally got over my fear of the stigma of antidepressants and asked my doctor for help. I was very blessed. My medicine worked almost right away. And for about […]

Jacinta’s Story

       My daughter was born 25 months ago, and only now I have found myself reflecting on what happened, and how it has affected us all. Her birth was a planned c-section because she was in breech position. As we arrived to the hospital I was told that my midwife would not be […]

Casey’s Story

On April 6th, 2017, everything I had ever wished for came true. I was
happily married to my soul mate, we had created a beautiful home, and a
family of two boys and finally a daughter. Ava was my third baby, my
most planned, anticipated and prepared for baby. All of my dreams had
come true, but I was […]

Erika’s Story

When I had Owen, I went through some pretty dark times. I was only 21
when he was born, my friends were all still going out every weekend. I
felt extremely alone. I was in a different stage of my life than most of
my friends, making it hard to find many people to relate to. I honestly
thought […]

Sarah’s Story

I really don’t know where to start. There are so many pieces to this story. Do I begin when I was in the hospital so many times in that 9th month of pregnancy? Do I start with the first time (out of many) that I heard, “if you develop preaclampsia, you and your baby could […]

Rachel’s Story

My four week old lay playing on his blanket, pumping his arms and legs as he watched the mobile I made. It twirled in the gentle breeze blowing in from the open windows while I sat next to him on a floor pillow, talking to my mom. “I just don’t think I feel right”, I […]

Kindall’s Story

I am 1 in 7. There were so many things going on in my life at the time that I honestly believe contributed to my Postpartum Depression. Four days after I found out I was pregnant, my father passed away from pancreatic cancer and I never got to tell him the news.

Trenna’s Story

Postpartum Depression is silent. I remember when I found out that I was expecting, what I know now was my first of three boys. I was ecstatic. That may even be an understatement. With how much joy I had about becoming a mom, I never thought about the demon they call “postpartum depression”. I’d always […]

Erin’s Story

My dream, for as long as I can remember, was to be a mom. With my first baby, I was sick before I had a positive pregnancy test. This would turn out to be my first sign of pregnancy with all three babies. My first OB appointment wasn’t until I was 12 weeks, and by […]

Amber’s Story

I really didn’t know much about post-partum depression. The only thing the nurses did was give me a pamphlet and they didn’t stress how big of a deal it could be. After I had my first born I felt good at first with being a new mom. But then, PPD literally came out of nowhere […]

Samantha’s Story

I wish I could say it’s been one of those “days”, but it’s felt like this more than one. Finding your new normal in motherhood is hard, and finding your village is even harder. It’s this incredible, life changing event that fills you with so much joy and love and somehow you’re still so full […]

Ashleigh’s Story

I still remember looking at my newborn baby in the hospital thinking to myself, “Everyone says that you’re going to instantly fall in love with your baby, yet I don’t feel anything in particular for this little human”. I had somewhat of a difficult birth and my son had been taken away immediately after he […]

Larissa’s Story

My postpartum depression story starts long before I gave birth to my baby boy. I truly believe it started the day I found out I was pregnant. I remember crying on the phone with my mom just minutes after a positive test. She was so excited to have a grand baby, but I felt like […]

Jamie’s Input

From a young age, many of us dream about having a family. We play dolls; we read stories; we come up with baby names. In all of those dreams, we get pregnant easily, have a smooth pregnancy and birth, and are joyous bringing home a happy and healthy baby. Yet, this fairy tale is rarely […]

Julissa’s Story

Everything was perfect a day ago… I could finally fulfill my dream of traveling now that I was on maternity leave, taking more than the average 3-6 months off for my new baby. My life could not have felt more complete. I had my dream job, two beautiful sons, an amazing fiancé and my own […]

Lisa’s Story

My story is unveiled with my three pregnancies. With all three of my pregnancies, I was very high risk. I had weekly appointments, many ultrasounds, bedrest and way too many pills to take in order to keep my beautiful babies inside my belly. With my first pregnancy, I was induced one month early because my […]

Brittany’s Story

About 3 months ago I endured one of my biggest fears; Miscarriage. I was not a stranger to it. I knew quite a bit about it. I had been surrounded by it, by so many women in my life. I knew it was quite common. What I did not know about it, was how much […]

Renee’s Story

I love my life, it’s pretty perfect. I have a healthy, beautiful boy and a loving husband, I have even lost all my baby weight. But postpartum depression paints a different story: it says you are nothing more than a body covered in stretch marks, with a vagina that doesn’t work the same. Your husband […]

Joanna’s Story

I’ve battled along time with the shame of having postpartum depression because all I have ever wanted was to be a mother. I never longed for the perfect family, but I longed for a baby. When I first found out I was pregnant I was shocked, but it was what I had wanted for so […]

Kristina’s Story

A little over three years ago, I endured the toughest trial of my adult life.  There’s not a birth or baby class detailed enough to prepare someone for the mental health challenges that I was about to come up against. I wasn’t even slightly aware of the possibility that something like this could happen to […]

Anna’s Story

I was that person who didn’t think postpartum depression existed. I truly thought that after you had a baby you’re [just] going to be over tired, and you would be fine. I thought this until I had my son, Knox.

Aly’s Story

I woke up on a perfectly sunny Tuesday in March of this year. And I instantly regretted it. My tired and sleep deprived soul whispered, “Why Lord? Why did you not take me in the night like I asked you to?” Nonetheless, I willed myself to get out of bed, because my 8-week-old baby is […]

Ellis’ Story

On July 22, 2016 I gave birth to my little boy who became the light of my life.  However, I would not have been that positive the day I had him, or for the next 5 months for that matter.  Truthfully, motherhood was quite an adjustment and challenge for me and some days it still […]

Alyssa’s Story

My name is Alyssa and I am thirty years old. I’ll start with a little back story. My parents split up when I was one and my mom married my step dad. When I was three, I became a big sister for the first time. My mom was diagnosed with PPD and things went downhill […]

Deana’s Story

What were some of the first signs you noticed before realizing you were suffering from PPD? In the moment, I didn’t notice anything. I was overwhelmed by a colicky baby and the crippling defeat from not being able to console him. It wasn’t until friends mentioned I may be suffering from postpartum depression that I started […]

Kirsten’s Story

My husband and I have always struggled to get pregnant. I remember the hopelessness, the nights I cried myself to sleep and the self enforced exclusion from my peers starting families of their own. My empty arms ached and I agonized over my body’s inability to do what women were supposed to just do naturally. […]