About Maria Carola, Founder of Momma Mosaic

Maria with her children

 
"Having suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of my two children, working to help raise awareness of this all-too-common but crippling issue is extremely important to me.  I found in my own struggle with postpartum depression that there was not enough discussion about it (or the many other struggles mothers face) among women, healthcare practitioners or the media. I wanted to put my experience, expertise and passion to work helping the countless women and their families who are suffering silently. Motherhood is messy and we need to talk about the messy parts as well as the magical ones. And above all, we need to provide better support for mothers and their families before, during and after pregnancy.”

Maria Carola is the face and the founder of Momma Mosaic, a community dedicated to celebrating the complexities of motherhood. After a traumatic childbirth and severe postpartum depression Maria dedicated her career to communicating and advocating for better maternal health in America. She is a writer, speaker, award-winning photographer, a trained birth/postpartum doula, an Ambassador for 2020 Mom Project, on the GLAM4GOOD Advisory Council for Women+Girls and was the former PR/Marketing Chair for Postpartum Support International.  

Prior to her work as an advocate for maternal health, Maria worked in Public Relations and Marketing for twenty years.  She began in the publishing industry as a literary publicist and then worked independently with artists, arts organizations, corporations and non-profits.  Campaigns include work with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Charles Schumer, Nikon Inc., Corbis, Kodak, Reuters, Unicef, Forbes, The Asia Society, and numerous authors, agents and publishing companies. She was also the Managing Director of Make A Better Place, an arts education nonprofit that utilized photography and writing to reach and impact at-risk youth throughout New York City. 

In 1999, Maria studied Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography. With her camera, Maria was able to bring voice and awareness to issues important to her in another capacity.  Photography clients include American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Covenant House, Institute for Community Living, United Way, I Love New York and Barnes & Noble.  Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of the landmark exhibit Life in the City and has been published in the United States and Europe.  She is a member of the National Arts Club, the Camera Club of New York, Photographers Resource Center at Boston University, and the Publicity Club of New York.

Maria has a B.A. in Psychology from Goucher College and completed additional course work in Psychology at New York University.  She  completed mental health internships in the Neuropsychology Department at Columbia University, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, Sheppard Pratt Hospital and was a caseworker in Baltimore, MD.