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The more we share our stories, the more we normalize how common it is to struggle with depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis in the perinatal period. When we tell the truth about our own motherhood journey, we give others permission to do the same. We send the message that it’s OK to not be OK – that there is help and hope.
Tell your truth about motherhood
Why is sharing your PMAD story important?
- 1 in 5 new and expecting mothers / birthing parents experience a PMAD
- PMADs are the number 1 complication associated with childbirth
- 80% of all PMAD cases go undetected and undiagnosed
- PMADs are the leading cause of maternal mortality
Let’s change the motherhood conversation by sharing our PMAD truth. We are collecting stories, pictures, videos, songs, drawings, phrases, poems – anything that represents your personal PMAD journey. Together we can create a movement that aims to normalize PMADs – and encourages all perinatal women to be open and honest about the hardest parts of becoming a mother.
Real PMAD Stories
This story is 30 years old
I was untethered, lost in a deep fog
At the beginning it was very hard
I found (it felt like) I knew nothing
Am I going to feel like *this* forever?
I wasn’t prepared to feel the way I did
Using music to heal from postpartum depression
A poem about motherhood: “Ghosts”
I didn’t realize I was dealing with postpartum depression
I made it through six weeks postpartum feeling fine
Overcoming perfectionism in motherhood
I was happy he had arrived safely, but…
Using my postpartum depression as a tool for change
Surviving my first year of motherhood
I wanted to share my story in case it helps anyone feel less alone.
It was all around me and yet I was all alone. The intrusive thoughts that is.
It was like I was living in a bad dream and couldn’t wake up.
Raising mothers: It takes a village
I wasn’t crazy. I was just a new mom having a really hard time.
Some of the most desperate and challenging days of my life
Drowning in plain sight
Only a fraction of the hell I experienced postpartum
I can’t do this. I’m a terrible mother.
The pandemic is hard on everyone in many different ways
It’s as if I’m looking into a dirty mirror