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Grieving the Postpartum Experience You Didn’t Have

In a culture that so openly celebrates motherhood and the wonderful experience we’re all supposed to have, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Apparently, we’re all missing something unless we have a baby. We can’t fulfill our roles as women without having had a baby and giving motherhood a try. As you think about…

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What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman with Bipolar Disorder

Editors note: We’re thrilled to bring you a guest post from Fightress Aaron, a Black woman living with Bipolar Disorder I. You can find her blogging, advocating and speaking her truth at www.beautifulblackandbipolar.com When I received my Bipolar Disorder I diagnosis five years ago, I felt a sense of relief. I was relieved to finally…

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Kristina Dulaney: Research is a Catalyst for Change

My name is Kristina Dulaney and I am ecstatic to be a Patient Expert Advisor with the Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative. My background is in nursing and yet I had little education surrounding maternal mental health. When it came to my own mental health after the birth of my children, I lacked understanding and…

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Sarah Kotranza: Anti-Depressants Saved My Life… Slowly

Anti-depressants saved my life…..slowly. For those of you who have not taken anti-depressants before you may not know that they can take 2-4 weeks to be fully effective. That means if that particular anti-depressant does not work well for you, then you have to wait 2-4 weeks to find that out, wean off of it,…

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Leah Anderson: Here I Am with a Passion for Change

I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. I finally have a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder at the age of 29 and almost 20 months postpartum. It has been a long 2 years of saying something is wrong. I still don’t feel normal for me. And to make things worse I…

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Postpartum Rage is Real and No One Wants to Talk About It

“Postpartum rage” are two words that when put together make a lot of people really uncomfortable. How could you feel rage when you’re postpartum and enraptured with your life as a new mom? It seems impossible. But it’s not. Postpartum rage is a lot more common than you may think. It’s actually one of the…

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Sam Nenninger: Over the Last 7 Years I’ve Gone From Sufferer to Survivor

When I was handed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) on a piece of paper at my six week postpartum appointment, I remember reading each of the ten questions numerous times; slowly and carefully. “That’s it. I AM crazy” I thought to myself. None of the questions were like the jumbled ball of continuous horrific…

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You Are Loved: A Letter to All the Mamas on Valentine’s Day

Dear Mama, Whether you planned to have a baby, were caught by surprise or found yourself knee deep in motherhood by accident, nothing prepared you for how dramatically your life would change. Maybe pregnancy was easy and you liked it. Or it could have been a nightmare, filled with morning sickness that lasted all day,…

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Lisa Tremayne: Children Were Everything I Ever Wanted

6 years. 72 months. 72 times I got my period and was so disappointed that my body had failed me again. That’s how the inability to conceive feels and the words that we in the medical field – I am a maternal child health nurse use – the inability to conceive. Just to make sure…

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Kat Schuknecht: We Are Working to Change Things for the Mothers Who Come After Us

My name is Kat and I’m extremely excited to be a part of MMHRC! I’m the mama of two girls – ages 9 and 5. I developed postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety (PPA) shortly after my oldest was born. It wasn’t until my younger daughter came along four years later that I was really…

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