"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.”
She is also the face and the founder of Momma Mosaic, a community dedicated to celebrating the complexities of motherhood. After experiencing childbirth trauma and subsequent postpartum depression, Maria dedicated herself to communicating for better maternal health in America. She is a certified heath + life coach, writer, speaker, award-winning photographer, a trained birth/postpartum doula, an Ambassador for 2020 Mom (2017 Ambassador of the Year), on the GLAM4GOOD Advisory Council for Women+Girls and served as interim PR/Marketing Board Chair for Postpartum Support International.
Before becoming a mother, Maria was a literary and arts publicist and studied Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography. In addition to numerous individual writers and artists, Maria’s previous clients include American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Covenant House, Institute for Community Living, United Way, I Love New York, Nikon, Starbucks, Pfizer, The Asia Society, 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.
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.
Amplifying Motherhood. Together.
Momma Mosaic started as an extension of Maria's passion for maternal health spurred by her own struggles with postpartum depression after the birth of her two children. Throughout Maria's experience, she found there was a lack of communication among women and health practitioners surrounding issues involving women's health, pregnancy, birth, and post-pregnancy. Through events, speaking engagements, writing and storytelling, Momma Mosaic is turning up the volume on motherhood.