I feel like I'm in the process of reinventing myself. I had my second child, a daughter this past Feburary. Again I had postpartum depression -PPD- and anxiety -PPA- even though, in the begining, it seemed as if I would make it out without issues. I work with PPD/A women. I thought that I wouldn't have issues because I knew what to do. I knew better. I knew how to make it better. But it happened anyway which brings me to a tenet "you are not to blame". And I'm not. So here I am, begining to feel much, much better and taking a look at what I'm doing with my life. That brings me here.


Welcome to PulseWire.I would love to hear more about what you are doing,and the steps that you are going up to.It's great to hear that you are feeling much better.

Karibu! Regards from Kenya, Leah.

Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad you are feeling better and found your way to us!

I, too, had PPD after my son was born last December. (he's going to be one next week!) I don't have much to say about it, I just remember the sun going down so early and being so anxious about the long, lonely night ahead. I hope every woman is able to find the love and support we did.

Love, Jennifer

Jennifer Ruwart Chief Collaborator JR Collaborations

Welcome to PulseWire! I'm glad you could use your PPD and PPA to help others. I'm sure it is comforting to women who are suffering from depression and anxiety to know that you were in the same boat. What have you done with these women? Do you have any advice for people on PulseWire who might currently have PPD or PPA?

Wow, what a powerful posting! Yes, women are never to blame for this. It is heartening to know that women with personal, experiential knowledge of this challenge are so self-reflective and out there helping others!

Baby Blues Connection has been around for 14 years now. We have a phone line where women, family members or friends can talk with someone who has experience with ppd/a. Often women just need to know that they are not alone and that it will get better. We mail free packets of info with coping techniques, tips for partners and a huge resource list of local and national organizations with special interest in working with women suffering from ppd/a. We have three local mom-to-mom support groups in the Portland and Vancouver, WA areas. These new mom groups are faciliated by moms who had ppd/a. We have an aftercare group designed for women with a child(ren) one-year or older, or who are having symptoms of ppd/a with their second or third child. We are trying to establish a group for pregnant women and to secure funds for a Spanish speaking program. There's more. I could go on and on. I really feel good about the work that I do because of my experience with ppd/a. I had it while I was pregnant too. Since I'm done having kids I'm really looking forward to having things be a new sense of normal. I would tell women who are having symptoms to talk about it, to reach out and find help. Anyone can send me a message if they need help. I could email documents or put you in touch with someone in your area. Just don't be silent. The more you talk about how you feel and get help for yourself, the faster you will start to feel better.