I was asked by both my mom and my sister this week about what they could have done better to help me in my struggle with postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. Is there something that they could have said to me to give me comfort when I was struggling? Should either my mom or my sister have reached out to my husband? Hindsight is always 20/20, isn’t it?
My advice for my mom, my sister, my loved ones and my dear readers is to just listen. Ask if the mama is okay. If she says that she is okay, but you know she is not, just tell her that it is okay to not be okay. Tell her that you love her and that you are there for her whenever she needs to talk. Listen without judgement. Do not rush to give advice. All struggling mamas want is validation, love and support.
Here is what you can do for me today. Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress is using today to get donations for Postpartum Progress, Inc. This year she is raising funds to provide the information to doctors, nurses and clinicians in pamphlets and brochures for the women who do not have easy access to the Internet. All mamas and babies deserve a strong start and access to information regarding postpartum mood disorders. I am a proud supporter, and I will be donating again this year. Please join me, won’t you?
Here’s the URL that links to the secure donation page for Postpartum Progress: