Last night at 6:00 PM, we put out a call to our Warrior Moms and followers. We planned to take to Twitter to discuss the dismissive, stigmatizing, misinformed comments on postpartum depression by New York Times best-selling author Marianne Williamson.
Within minutes, hundreds of moms took to Twitter to share truthful information, statistics, hope, help, and their stories with the hashtag #meditateonthis. By 8:30 we were trending on Twitter.
For those of us working at Postpartum Progress, last night was a whirlwind of awe. We watched our Warrior Mom Army do what they do. They stood tall and strong and told their truths for the Internet to see. They talked about their medications. They talked about what they did to avoid medication. They told how they used meditation, prayer, yoga, and nutrition to supplement their medication. They shared how their lives were changed by therapy. They admitted to the demons in their head, their scariest times, their hospitalizations. All to destigmatize postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.
To say, together, Postpartum Depression IS Real. But it hasn’t beaten me. And you, mama still fighting? You are not alone.
Here are some great tweets from the night.
This happens each night so tomorrow I get out of bed & be productive. Prob not 4ever. It’s my now. #meditateonthis pic.twitter.com/3LJFCG2nTp
— Avital N. Nathman (@TheMamaFesto) January 28, 2016
I am AGAINST maternal mental health issues being reduced to “this is just woman stuff”+”pray and find balance” #meditateonthis
— Jasmine Banks (@Djazzo) January 28, 2016
. @marwilliamson I can’t fathom anyone railing against a call for health screenings – SCREENING!! – for men. Why for women? #meditateonthis
— Amy Lupold Bair (@ResourcefulMom) January 27, 2016
Medication saves. Screening saves. I know because I’ve lived it. Conspiracy theories save no one. #meditateonthis
— A’Driane Nieves (@addyeB) January 27, 2016
MANY children still have mothers because of medications that treat #PPD. #meditateonthis @marwilliamson
— Stay@HomeFeminist (@NatashaMChiam) January 28, 2016
I’m a stay at home mom with PPD/PPA. I honestly believe I wouldn’t be here without my meds. They saved my life. #meditateonthis
— Lauren (@stuckinspincycl) January 28, 2016
This family brought to you by love, support, therapy, AND MEDICATION. #MeditateOnThis @marwilliamson pic.twitter.com/3PPfrref3Q
— Meagan Fazio (@MeagieFaz) January 28, 2016
Going back to work gave me my sanity, helped me gain control of my mind again #meditateonthis
— Heidi Stamper (@HeidiStamper) January 28, 2016
. @marwilliamson, PPD isn’t someone’s “opinion,” it’s a disease that hurts moms & babies if left undiagnosed & untreated #meditateonthis
— Heather Spohr (@mamaspohr) January 27, 2016
Enjoli takes Paxil She ❤️ her kids again She now has a will to live Enjoli is happy Be like Enjoli #meditateonthis pic.twitter.com/7Oqw4ubdAS
— Enjoli DeLeon (@enjoli212) January 28, 2016
Where on the screening for #PMAD does it say to prescribe meds? Most pregnant/new moms are told to fear taking anything. #meditateonthis
— Anne-Marie Lindsey (@DoNotFaint) January 28, 2016
My psychiatrist doesn’t like prescribing meds, but does so to aid in therapy and healing. #meditateonthis
— Christina Gleason (@WELLinTHIShouse) January 28, 2016
Perfect photo shoot. Too bad I was being tormented by #Postpartumanxiety Stop the shaming! #meditateonthis pic.twitter.com/RgpTpDxVHt
— The Momma Collective (@MommaCollective) January 28, 2016
@marwilliamson you hurt my heart. It has taken years to get to where I am now. Hearing you speak this way makes it harder. #Meditateonthis
— Lea (@Hopin2bHappy) January 28, 2016
The tweeting continued late into the night, and when I began writing this post at 9:30 this morning, the numbers spoke for themselves.
Updated to add: These are the numbers as of 3:32 PM on 1/28/16.
Yes, you’re reading that properly. 796 people on twitter sent out 6,526 tweets about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. The messages were delivered to 27,764,462 timelines with a total reach of 2,005,250 people. With absolutely no notice ahead of time, Postpartum Progress’ Warrior Mom community and those that support maternal mental health banded together and reached over TWO million people with stigma-breaking, truth-telling tweets.
You did great work last night, Warrior Moms. Take some time to feel proud of yourselves for the work you did in promoting maternal mental health in a positive light. Thank those in your life who may not suffer from PPD or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders but took time to retweet and share your messages last night.
Additionally, moms are writing their stories today. We’ll be updating the post with their personal blog responses:
- Eh tu, Marianne?, a guest post by Katherine Stone, at Kristen Howerton’s site, Rage Against the Minivan
- Popular author tells moms to ‘meditate’ their postpartum depression away by Avital Normal Nathman at SheKnows
- Yes, honor the pain: On Marianne Williamson, #PPD and compassion from Heather
- Marianne Williamson Is Wrong by Kelly.
- Not Mutually Exclusive by Jennifer Butler Basile.
Thank you! I was shocked when I read her Facebook post so I commented on it. So disappointing to see a woman act like this when we are starting to make progress with mental health.
Thank you so much for organizing this. I am honored you included my tweet!