There was ONE taker last time for this interview (Thanks Heather!)
So c’mon – just five questions. You never know who you might help by sharing your story with the rest of us because even though they’re similar, each one has their own unique nuances and experiences that may just reach out and inspire a Mom or someone close to a Mom to get help for her!
1) What is your personal experience with PPD? Are you a survivor, partner, parent, medical professional?
2) Has your experience with PPD changed your life? If so, how?
3) What are some of your favorite PPD resources?
4) What role, if any, did your faith play in recovery or in your treatment views of PPD?
5) And last but not least – If you could pass on one piece of advice to an expecting mother, what would it be and why?
And no, I did not sing. Alli didn’t want to practice last week and I only had one couple attend my presentation. They were expecting their first so it didn’t apply. (PHEW! Talk about dodging a bullet!)
Overall the day went well. I had a lot of folks stop at my booth and ask questions. Are you ready for this though? The most talkative ones were the DADS! YES, THE DADS! I was ecstatic to have so many fathers genuinely interested in Postpartum Depression and finding out what they could do to help their partners. Oh those lucky lucky mamas!
I did make some great contacts, one of them being the director of the local Midwifery clinic at one of the hospitals. She wants me to present at their next departmental meeting in September. (YAY). A local Psychologist also introduced himself to me and seemed to be happy about the peer support I provide to for the community.
I am still exhausted and don’t have time to rest or really write much more as I have to prepare for a meeting in Atlanta tomorrow evening. I’ll tell you more about that after tomorrow. When I’ve had time to rest and can operate without the toothpicks propping my eyes open. As it is now, the couch is seriously calling my name and I’m doing everything I can to resist but I have this feeling resistance is futile and won’t last much longer.
Adrienne Griffens, the PSI Coordinator for VA, emailed me this announcement and I want to share it with you! Pass it on!
Watch for an upcoming interview with Adrienne about her PPD work as well!
(A Little bit of home state pride in this one for me – I spent my awkward pre-teen and teen years in VA and my parents still live in the state!)
After months of planning, Postpartum Support Virginia is up and running! The mission of this new not-for-profit is to provide hope and help for new and expectant mothers suffering depression and/or anxiety.
Specifically, Postpartum Support Virginia offers:
support for new and expectant mothers (one-on-one and groups)
resources and information for new mothers and their families