Postpartum depression isn’t something I expected to get when I had my second child. I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t prepared for how much it would change me, my every action and interaction. I wasn’t prepared for how bad it would get or how long it would last. I didn’t expect to go from being a positive extrovert who loved people to a highly depressed introvert who was afraid and anxious to leave the house or talk to even my closest friends and family. I was a mess and I felt totally broken and alone.
I went through assessment after assessment until I was finally placed with a councillor and psychiatrist. Unfortunately though, Northern Health cut the funding for group therapy, something I felt really would have helped me feel less alone and less broken. Even at the time, I couldn’t believe the gap in our system as it is estimated 1 in 4 women experience a form of postpartum depression or anxiety; that’s a LOT of people. I remember vowing that when I got better I would do everything in my power to make group therapy a reality for our region.
As fate would have it, I was introduced to two incredible women, two local doulas, with the same hope and vision to create a safe place for parents to navigate through this difficult transition. They call their new organization Postpartum Passages . Several years ago I started growing out my hair to eventually cut and donate to cancer. Although cancer has left its mark on my loved ones, I now feel that raising funds and awareness for Postpartum Passages is part of my personal journey. I hope that in sharing my story others will feel less alone and that maybe we can raise some funds for this extremely needed service.
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