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I was untethered, lost in a deep fog

“Six weeks after I gave birth to my beautiful son, I was admitted into the intensive outpatient treatment Day Program at The Motherhood Center to deal with severe postpartum depression and anxiety. I was blessed to have a healthy and thriving baby, but I was untethered, lost in a deep fog. When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t know who looked back at me. I was unable to sleep, unable to eat, and unable to shake the idea that my family would be better off without me.

At the suggestion of a trusted doctor, I made the call to TMC which saved my life. I will never forget being in Dr. Birndorf’s office during my intake interview; she told me that they treated women like me every single day and that healing was possible. At the time I had no ability to believe her words, but she asked me to trust her and the other women who would care for me.

Over the course of six weeks of work, I was able to become whole again and establish a healthier relationship with myself. The lessons I learned there (and from my fellow moms in the program) will stay with me for the rest of my life. Having experienced a PMAD, I know the feeling of ceaseless darkness and abject terror, and with TMCs help, I also know that I can find my way back.”

– Shannon W., @shannie_wolfe

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