Okay folks… you are in for something special. This Mother’s Day, Postpartum Progress is hosting 24 solid hours of “letters to moms” with the intention of providing a whole day of support, information, and encouragement. Contributors consist of PPD survivors, experts in Mental Health, and pregnant and postpartum moms. Each hour, for 24 hours, you will be blessed with a new letter to you- or to any mom who you know might be able to use it.
And, yes, I will be one of the many involved. You can read my post starting at 8am EST on Sunday, May 8th by clicking here (FYI- you will not be able to access this link until the time of my posting or after.
So, enjoy. And please, spread the word!
Postpartum press release below:
This Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 8, 2011 – the 3rd annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health will be held online, featuring 24 open letters to pregnant and new mothers on the importance of maternal mental health. All of the letters will be written by survivors of and experts on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, as well as others who care about the emotional well-being of moms and moms-to-be. The event will be hosted at Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Nearly 1 million women each year suffer from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in the United States alone. In fact, postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth, yet only 15% of women are ever treated. Postpartum Progress and its eponymous non-profit were established to improve awareness of these illnesses and create better services and support for the women who need and deserve them.
Participants in this year’s Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health include moms from the US, Canada, and Mexico:
Heather King from The Extraordinary Ordinary, winner of a 2010 BlogLuxe Award, and story editor for Story Bleed, @heatheroftheeo
Becky Harks from Mommy Wants Vodka and Band Back Together, winner of the 2011 Bloggie for Best Kept Secret Weblog,@mommywantsvodka
Morra Arons-Mele from Women and Work and founder of Women Online, @morram
Janice Croze from 5 Minutes for Mom, named a top parenting blog by the Wall Street Journal, @5minutesformom
Morgan Shanahan from The 818, Momversation panelist and BlogHer Entertainment Editor, @the818
Nish Weiseth from The Outdoor Wife and A Deeper Story, @theoutdoorwife
Sharon DeVellis from The Yummy Mummy Club, @sharondv
Kristen Howerton from Rage Against the Minivan and She Posts and winner of an About.com Reader’s Choice Award, @kristenhowerton
Rebecca Odes, co-author of the pregnancy book From the Hips and The New Mom Blog @rebeccaodes
Arianne Segerman from To Think Is To Create and the Lifetime Network’s Lifetime Moms @tothink
Casey Mullins from Moosh in Indy, named one of Babble’s Top 50 Twitter Moms, @mooshinindy
Katherine Stone, Postpartum Progress, 2008 WebMD Health Hero & 2010 Bloganthropy Award winner, @postpartumprogr
Grace Parson from Arms Wide Open @ourarmswideopen
Katie Sluiter from Sluiter Nation and The Red Dress Club @ksluiter
Joey Fortman from Real Mom in the Media and an iVoice on iVillage, @joeyfortman
Molly Shalz from A Day in Mollywood, nominee in The Bump’s 2010 Mommy Blogger Awards , @adayinmollywood
Christine Gleason from Cutest Kid Ever, @cutestkidever
Emily Elling from DesignHER Momma, @designhermomma
Molly Balint from Mommycoddle, @mommycoddle
Maria Lianos from A Mother World, @amotherworld
Kate Kripke, LCSW from Postpartum Progress
Susan Petcher from Learned Happiness @learndhappiness
Jacqueline Green from Great Parenting Practices @jacquelinegreen
Sonia Murdock, founder of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York and one of Volvo for Life’s Top Heroes of 2005
Postpartum Progress has been named among the top 10 depression websites for several years’ running by Psych Central and won Fit Pregnancy’s Best of the Web Awards in the Advice category, as well as being a finalist in Scholastic Parent & Child’s Parent Blogger Awards. Among other places, it has been featured on Babble.com, ParentDish, Cafe Mom’s The Stir, and Health.com.
For more information, contact Katherine Stone at 678-764-2141. Click here to see past Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health participants and letters.