Today was kind of a big day at Postpartum Progress.
We Went Facebook Live
First, we held our first Facebook Live Event. Our intention was to talk for ten minutes, some about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and some about Climb Out of the Darkness. But we also wanted to answer questions from our mamas about anything on their minds.
So we ended up chatting for an hour. And it was the best.
Our Warrior Moms loved it. Katherine, on the camera, loved it. We think her postal worker loved it. (You gotta watch to understand.) The staff, busy in the comments, connecting moms with links and other support, loved it. It really just went way above what we expected.
And we’re thrilled.
From the feedback we received, we’ll be holding our Facebook Live Events regularly. They’ll be loosely based on a topic but, as was the case today, we’ll follow YOUR lead about what we need to talk about during any given experience.
If you want to watch what went down, we’ve embedded the video here. Excuse some of the pixelation and pauses; Katherine’s suburb Internet got a little cranky from time to time. You’ll lose the interaction of being present for a Live Event, but you’ll get some good information on postpartum depression duration, treatment, symptoms, as well as information about the Climb Out of the Darkness—taking place ONE MONTH from today!
You can also view it directly on Facebook and add more comments if you’d like.
2016 Climb Out of the Darkness Video: How Sweet It Is!
Then, as if talking with other mamas for an hour wasn’t cool enough, we launched our 2016 Climb Out of the Darkness Video. We put a call out to our Warrior Moms and Climb Leaders to send in video of themselves dancing with their kiddos and we set it to “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” by James Taylor. Because postpartum mood and anxiety disorders often make moms feel like they aren’t worthy to be loved—by their children, by anyone. They fear that their babies won’t ever love them.
We know that’s not true.
So this is for every mama who worried that she was doing more harm than good to her baby. For every mama who fought a postpartum mood and anxiety disorder. For every mama who doubted herself but fought hard anyway. For every mama still fighting. For every Warrior Mom, whether you’re participating in the Climb or not. (PS: There’s still time to register. It’s one month from today and we’d love for you to join us.)
Just click anywhere on the video section of that Facebook update and it will play the YouTube video for you. Fancy pants, no? (But if that doesn’t work, you can watch it on YouTube.)
We’d love if you would take a moment and share this fun (#earworm of a) video on Facebook so that others might learn a little more about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, the Climb, and maybe just feel a good feeling about their own children.
It is SO sweet to be loved by them; it is so sweet to LOVE them. We want all moms (and their partners) to someday feel that feeling, so we hope you’ll spread it around a little too. You are the best mom for your child. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
See you on June 18? We hope!
My psychiatrist suggested that I check out your site and I’m so glad I did!! What a relief! I love the articles and available info. Here’s my quick story, my second daughter who I’m still nursing, just turned one and the last 12 months have been exciting but rough for me. I’ve been getting sick or having these episodes of anxiety that I’ve been ignoring thinking it as IBS. I won’t list out all the major events, but I knew something was wrong when even small things like work deadlines or getting laundry done, where starting to make me anxious or sick. So I called my OB. He prescribed me one drug and that night I worried so much that it would affect my milk supply that I had my first severe panic attack, heat waves, chills, hallucinations, my heart felt like it was going to burst out my ears… along with the pins in my hands and legs, muscle tremors, and I was alone and didn’t know what was happening. It was late at night, my girls were sleeping, and my husband works the night shift. After talking to a psychiatrist the next day, I learned that I have a panic disorder that is a symptom of PPD. I’ve been switched to new drug and getting counseling once a week. It’s been a few days and I am feeling better and positive. I’ve decided to quit nursing as well since baby is taking to cows milk and it was one of the main contributors to my fears and worries. The articles on your site are helping me come out of my own darkness. It feels good to know I’m not alone and that this will pass!! Thanks for the new title, Warrior Mom, I love it!!
Welcome, mama. I’m so glad you’re here! You have a good psychiatrist, it sounds like. You’ll find your way through, Warrior Mom!