Today marks the first day of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-7, 2017). As a Partner in this week-long campaign, I am proud to see the progress in the field of maternal mental health and to be a voice in the movement towards better maternity care in our country.
When I became a mother eleven years ago I was catapulted into the unknown. Lost amidst a confusing maze of trauma, depression and exhaustion. Three years would go by before I was diagnosed with back-to-back undiagnosed postpartum depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. No one tells you that this fragile bubble of new motherhood isn’t always the perfect greeting card we want it to be. Or that it has the potential to burst without anybody seemingly noticing.
Now, with social media, we have the power to amplify our voices, to share our experiences, to begin normalizing the conversation and lifting the paralyzing stigma associated with mental health and the myth of the "perfect" mother. Mothers are everything. We all know one, we all have one, many of us are one. Let’s join together and be part of the conversation for better maternity care.