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The Challenges Faced By Moms with IDD and Mental Health Issues When Looking for Health Care

Women with special needs

It can be hard to be a mom. But it can be even harder if you have an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and mental health issues and are looking for healthcare. Navigating the healthcare system can be difficult – especially when you face stigma and bias from healthcare providers. We asked moms who participated…

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How Receiving a Diagnosis of Postpartum Depression Saved My Life – Megan’s Story

I’m a 38-year-old suburban soccer mom who’s soft in all the wrong places and could never be mistaken for Britney Spears. Except when I look at photos of her as a young mom, tears in her eyes, looking trapped and alone, all I see is me. Finding Common Ground With Britney Spears Britney and I…

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A Black Body in the Healthcare System – Brianna’s Story

I have many identities as I navigate through the world. Through observation alone you may gather that I am wife, a mother, a black woman. You may make educated guesses about my status if you take note of what I am wearing that particular day or my mode of transportation. As I navigate my work…

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Reflections of Mothering with a Mental Illness During a Pandemic – Fightress’ Story

It’s All Hard This quote resurfaced on social media recently: “Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard. Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard. Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard. Communication is hard. Not communicating is hard. Choose your hard. Life will never…

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Anxiety After Pregnancy Loss – Jackie’s Story

As my husband and I waited in the exam room at the OB’s office, I stared at the illuminated panel in the ceiling, showcasing a perfect blue sky with monarch butterflies. I know that the scene is meant to calm patients, but it did nothing to distract me from the conversation with the doctor about…

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